STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Upstate New York Poison Center responds to vaping crisis

There's been a hike in calls for vaping-related poisonings across the state. The Upstate New York Poison Control Center has released a video to inform parents and youngsters about some of the misinformation and the many unknowns.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 9:21 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 11:17 AM

There's been a hike in calls for vaping-related poisonings across the state. The Upstate New York Poison Control Center has released a video to inform parents and youngsters about some of the misinformation and the many unknowns.

Lee Livermore, public education outreach for the Upstate New York Poison Center joined us in studio for a discussion on the dangers of substituting black market pods in e-cigarettes.

Livermore also addressed just how many cases of poisonings and dangerous situations from e-cigarettes have come to the forefront in such a short timeframe.

In all of 2018, the center (which covers 54 counties in NYS) received 52 calls in regard to people using e-cigarettes (either with nicotine or THC). So far in 2019, the poison control center locally has received 111 calls.

On top of that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since Sept. 6, there have been 450 cases of vaping-associated pulmonary illness in 33 states and one U.S. territory.

Five deaths have also been reported. Our poison center has received 13 calls locally that are currently being investigated by the New York State Department of Health.

Currently, 1 in 5 high school students say they vape and 1 in 20 middle school students admit to trying vaping. The long-term health impact of vaping is unknown.

To help combat this growing problem, the Upstate New York Poison Center has produced two educational videos to remind students and parents of the dangers of vaping.

Students can view the video here: https://youtu.be/0mS9bnUGQGo

Parents can view the video here: https://youtu.be/8OxUpuPIfaA

In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, you can always call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 490134

Reported Deaths: 33396
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens756987289
Kings739357376
Bronx547064983
Nassau489412204
Suffolk483082019
Westchester397891460
New York353453191
Rockland17524683
Richmond168921093
Orange13303505
Erie12650713
Monroe6917300
Dutchess5382163
Onondaga5170207
Albany3488136
Broome316683
Oneida2625128
Ulster243695
Niagara1997101
Putnam176863
Sullivan170948
Schenectady152250
Chemung14563
Saratoga124417
Rensselaer105842
Steuben91557
Chautauqua85813
Columbia66338
Ontario61735
Oswego6064
Tompkins5790
Madison54517
Tioga50230
Greene48718
Cortland4750
Warren44433
Cattaraugus4426
Wayne4005
Orleans37854
Herkimer37610
St. Lawrence3764
Otsego3745
Genesee3735
Fulton36024
Chenango3477
Cayuga3422
Washington32614
Livingston2618
Montgomery2594
Allegany2431
Clinton2245
Essex1950
Jefferson1940
Wyoming1745
Delaware1647
Seneca1353
Schuyler1090
Yates1027
Schoharie1010
Franklin790
Lewis640
Hamilton160
Unassigned023
Utica
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 66°
Oneonta
Clear
61° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 61°
Herkimer
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 66°
Thendara
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 66°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
VOTE OCTOBER 22-30
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left