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Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to direct his health department to ban all flavored electronic cigarettes, in response to a vaping heath emergency that has sickened hundreds and killed six people.

The lung ailment, which has been contacted  by 64 New Yorkers, has so far been linked to black-market marijuana vaping products that also contain liquid vitamin E oil. But the governor says vaping of any substance is not a healthy practice and is addicting an alarming number of young people. Cuomo says vaping is better than smoking combustible cigarettes, but not by much.

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There’s new scrutiny on vaping products of all kinds, as the number of New Yorkers sickened with a disease that is so far related to some black-market marijuana vaping products has now risen to 60. Hundreds of people across the United States have been sickened, and six have died.

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes.

Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It’s a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down with local physicians to discuss the risks associated with vaping (and with cigarettes) and the latest into the investigations on pulmonary illness. We also hear from people who use e-cigarettes. In studio:

  • Dr. Mike Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Nicholas Nacca, M.D., emergency medicine and toxicology specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Scott McIntosh, P.h.D., associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Andrew Ribble, owner of Liquid Cloud Lounge and Greenhaus CBD


Youth use of electronic cigarettes has come under increased scrutiny as federal health authorities and local officials respond to a growing number of deaths and hospitalizations blamed on the devices.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state health department are continuing to urge residents to refrain from using any vaping products while an investigation continues into the cause of a mysterious vaping-related lung ailment that has now sickened 41 New Yorkers. 

The governor is making the recommendation after reports of about 500 cases of the disease nationwide and five deaths. It appears to be related to vaping black-market cannabis products with THC that also contain vitamin E oil, which is harmful when inhaled.

NY Assembly votes to raise smoking, vaping age to 21

Mar 6, 2019
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Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

The legislation, which passed the Democrat-led chamber on Wednesday, prohibits the sale of tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21.

That's already the law in seven states and several cities around the country, including New York City.

The measure is backed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has broad support in the Democrat-controlled state Senate, where it has yet to be scheduled for a vote.