New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Health will crack down on the increasing number of vaping-related illnesses. This comes after several news outlets reported a man died in Indiana because of his vaping habits.
According to the announcement, vape pen users are suffering from lung illnesses. Furthermore, teens are becoming addicted to nicotine because of these devices. In order to address this issue, the governor directed state health officials to subpoena any company selling and marketing “thickening agents,” which are sold in the vaping black market. Officials should also issue emergency regulations that would force manufacturers to add warning signs on all vape and smoke shops across the state.
Cuomo also wants the state legislature to pass additional related legislation to ban favored vape pens and e-cigarettes. This is because of how these devices are especially popular among teens.
“Common sense says if you do not know what you are smoking, don’t smoke it, and right now we don’t know what you are smoking in a lot of these vaping substances,” Cuomo told reporters.
“The rise in vaping-associated illnesses is a frightening public health phenomenon,” he added.
It is important that Cuomo is helping to bring the nation’s attention to this horrific trend. It is also important that more people are learning that the health issues related to vaping are worse than they initially expected. Unfortunately companies that take advantage of users, especially young ones, are not doing everything in their power to protect innocent lives.
You can watch his announcement below.
We hope that more politicians like Cuomo do more to help save the nation’s children. And because holding vape pen and e-cigarette companies accountable is especially important in this fight,victims must come together to stand up to those making money off them.
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