Created: October 08, 2019 03:00 PM
NEW YORK (WHEC) — The death of a New York City teen is being reported as the state's first vaping-related death, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
The governor said the 17-year-old is from the Bronx. According to the Department of Health, the teen died on Oct. 4.
"This vaping is a public health crisis." Cuomo said." It is affecting our young people. It has been marketed to young people. The federal government should act. The President had talked about taking action. I don't know how many people have to die before he takes action, but the State is already taking aggressive action."
There are more than 1,000 vaping-associated illnesses nationwide, including 110 in New York. At least 18 people have died.
The state passed a ban flavored e-cigarettes, but the ban is on hold because of a court challenge from the vaping industry.
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