Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo made comments on the first vaping-associated death in New York.
The death, involving a 17-year-old male from the Bronx, was reported to the State Department of Health.
According to DOH, the deceased was previously hospitalized in early September with a vaping-associated respiratory illness. He was re-admitted in late September and passed away on October 4th.
As of October 8th, DOH has received 110 reports from New York physicians of severe pulmonary illness among patients ranging from 14 to 69 years of age who were using at least one vape product prior to becoming ill. Nationally, as of October 1, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported more than 1,000 cases of vaping-associated illnesses, with 18 confirmed fatalities.