State officials say two more people have died from vaping. One of those deaths was a Finger Lakes area woman, who was in her 50s.
Officials say the woman was from Ontario County. No other information was provided about her identity, but Governor Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his sentiment that these deaths are preventable.
The case remains under investigation, according to state officials. However, they have confirmed that the deaths are vaping-related.
Altogether four people have died from vaping-related illnesses in New York.
“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,” Cuomo said on Friday. “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.”
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