ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced recently that two women died in New York from illnesses related to vaping. One woman who died lived in New York City, the other woman, resided in Ontario County near Rochester, N.Y. The vaping death toll in New York has now reached four according to ABC 7 News. New York State’s Department of Health confirmed Governor Cuomo’s statement. The state’s Department of Health reviewed the medical histories of the women who died and concluded their deaths were caused by vaping. The article did not say when these women died or how long the review was undertaken by the Department of Health lasted.
Governor Cuomo made a bold proclamation when announcing the news of two women dying from vaping illness. He said deaths from vaping, while tragic, are wholly preventable. Governor Cuomo reiterated the dangers presented by smoking and tobacco use. He equated the dangers of vaping to the dangers of smoking as well. Although the exact toll vaping might take on a person has yet to be fully examined, the governor said that we accumulate evidence daily concerning the dangers associated with vaping. The governor also announced in his statement that the state government would use all avenues available to it to prevent additional vaping illness and deaths.
The Department of Health said the woman from New York City who died was in her 20s when she passed away. The woman from Ontario County was in her 50s when she died. The agency did not discuss names or provide any additional identifying information about the women. A boy from the Bronx was the first person to succumb to a vaping illness in New York. A man in his 30s who lived in Manhattan was the second such death in the state, according to lohud.com. Authorities announced that man’s death in late November.
Health officials believe vitamin e acetate is to blame for vaping illnesses.
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