The New York State Department of Health has certified two new deaths on Friday due to diseases associated with the consumption of electronic cigarettes, bringing the deaths of vaping to four.
The two new victims are two adult women, one in her twenties in New York City and the other in her fifties in Ontario County, New York authorities said in a statement.
While the State Department of Health continues its investigation, they have determined that both deaths are related to vaping based on an “exhaustive review”, bringing the total number of deaths related to vaping in New York to four.
“These deaths are tragic, and can also be prevented. We know that smoking and nicotine are dangerous, and every day it is clearer that vaping is too,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The State Department of Health and its Wadsworth Center Laboratory are doing “innovative” work, according to Cuomo, to get to the bottom of this “unacceptable” situation and “we will continue to use all the tools at our disposal until these diseases stop and deaths”.
“Meanwhile, our message about vaping remains unchanged: if you don’t know what you’re smoking, don’t smoke it,” the governor concluded.
In recent months, Massachusetts and other states such as Michigan, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington have temporarily banned or restricted the sale of vaping products.
About 6.2 million US high and high school students they currently use some type of tobacco product, according to new data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The survey found that approximately 1 in 3 high school students (4.7 million) and about 1 in 8 high school students (1.5 million) are current tobacco users.
For the sixth consecutive year, electronic cigarettes were the most widely used tobacco product among high school (27.5%) and high school (10.5%) students.