First vaping-related death reported in New York state

New York's governor says the state has seen its first reported death linked to vaping.

Posted: Oct 8, 2019 3:38 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's governor says the state has seen its first reported death linked to vaping.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Oct. 4 death of a 17-year-old male from the Bronx was reported Tuesday to the state Department of Health. Cuomo says the teenager was hospitalized in early September for a respiratory illness related to vaping.

"We had our first death and the State Department of Health is investigating the details of it. Parents have to know, young people have to know: you are playing with your life when you play with this stuff. And it's not just best case scenario for vaping. You get addicted to nicotine. And that is a life long struggle. I can tell you as a person who was young and stupid and smoked, it is an addiction you will fight for your entire life," said Cuomo.

The governor's administration says it's received 110 reports from New York physicians of severe pulmonary illness among patients between the ages of 14 to 69 years who were using at least one vape product prior to becoming ill.

The vaping industry successfully sued to temporarily block the Cuomo administration's recent ban on flavored e-cigarettes.

Federal officials say at least 18 people have died and over 1,000 people have been sickened with vaping-related illnesses.

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