NY issues health advisory after 11 cases of pulmonary disease linked to vaping

A new advisory was issued Friday from the New York State Department of Health about pulmonary disease linked to vaping products.

Health care providers were notified after 11 reported cases of pulmonary disease who used vaping products in New York. Of those 11 cases, eight were in Western New York.

People who vape and develop concerning respiratory symptoms are advised to stop using the product and talk with their doctor or primary care provider.

“While many people consider vaping to be a less dangerous alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is not risk free,” said Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner for the Department of Health.

Many of the products that were used in the weeks and months before patients started showing signs of pulmonary disease contained cannabis or nicotine.

Testing to help determine the potential cause of the disease is being conducted at the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center Laboratory.

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