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Governor Cuomo urges New Yorkers to stop vaping

September 08, 2019 09:37 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Department of Health will issue guidelines urging New Yorkers to stop vaping. The warning comes in advance of vaping guidelines that are expected to be outlined by DOH sometime this weekend.

This, as the Centers for Disease Control attempts to figure out why people are coming down with serious breathing illnesses nationwide.

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So far, at least 450 illnesses and three deaths have been attributed to vaping; although no single device, liquid, or ingredient has been tied to them.

We spoke with a vaping specialist at Smokers Choice in Latham, Louis Castro. He says he's seen more positive outcomes from vaping than smoking.

We also spoke with a local college student, Brayden Esposito of Voorheesville, and he said he's extremely concerned for his friends that have been vaping since high school.

Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a statement Saturday addressing the situation: 

Heeding the warnings from CDC and at the direction of Governor Cuomo, today I am urging New Yorkers to stop using vape products while the investigation into the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses nationwide can be better determined.

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Brooke Selby

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