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Teen Identified In First Vaping Death In New York City

Vaping has become a popular way for current smokers to kick the habit. Vaporizing devices come in all forms, but some of the most popular are those that resemble cigarettes, the tank mods, and the pod-style vapes. Juices, known as either e-juice or vape juice, come in many flavors and nicotine strengths. Due to recent states legalizing cannabis for recreational and medical use, vaping of cannabis oils has also become popular. While long-term studies into the safety of vaping have yet to be completed, there is some recent concern with the rise of vaping-related illnesses. Some states and cities have banned the sale of vaping products as a result of these cases. 

ABC 7 New York reports that a teenager has become the first vaping-related death in New York. On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a teenager from the Bronx is the first death in New York that is vaping-related.  The victim was only identified as a Bronx 17-year-old, but Cuomo called vaping a “public health crisis.” He reiterated that currently, vaping is not regulated. He also stated that vape juices are not tested. 

The 17-year-old died at Montefiore Hospital from a pulmonary illness that was related to vaping. The teen is the youngest fatality in a nationwide outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control is currently investigating vaping products that contain THC, but further details about the New York case are not available. Nationwide, there have been 1,000 confirmed instances of lung illnesses that are attributed to vaping. There have also been 19 fatalities in 18 states. 

In New York, the Cuomo administration said that physicians have reported 100 cases of severe pulmonary illnesses. The ages in those cases ranged from age 14 to 69. All had reported using at least one vaping product before becoming ill.

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