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The Office of the Governor of the State of New York

01/17/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/17/2020 09:23

Statement from Governor Cuomo on NYS Deaths from Vaping

'The State Department of Health has confirmed two more deaths in New York due to vaping-associated illness: an adult female in her twenties from New York City and an adult female in her fifties from Ontario County. While State DOH is continuing its investigation, they have determined both deaths are vaping-related based on an extensive review, bringing the total number of vaping-related deaths in New York to four.

'These deaths are tragic - and they are also preventable. We know smoking and nicotine are dangerous, and it's becoming tragically clearer by the day that vaping is too.'

'State DOH and its Wadsworth Center Laboratory are doing groundbreaking work getting to the bottom of this unacceptable situation and we will continue using every tool at our disposal until these illnesses and deaths stop. In the meantime our message on vaping remains unchanged: if you don't know what you're smoking, don't smoke it.'