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Governor speaking out after second death from vaping-associated illness

Posted at 11:46 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 11:46:16-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Department of Health has confirmed a second death due to a vaping-associated illness in New York State.

Officials say the person who died is a male in his 30's from Manhattan with a history of using e-cigarettes and vape products.

According to the Governor's office , the Department of Health is still looking into the cause of the recent rash of illnesses.

We are taking every step possible to combat this crisis on the state level, but the federal government needs to take action now. President Trump has already backed down from his vow to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes - despite widespread evidence that these flavors are used to target our teens and young adults - and put the interests of the vaping industry over the lives of Americans. This is Big Tobacco all over again. Make no mistake: this is a public health crisis and until our 'leaders' in Washington do something to stop it, more lives will be lost.
Governor Andrew Cuomo

The Governor says regardless, their message on vaping remains the same: If you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it.