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First Vaping Deaths Announced Within 24 Hours of Each Other in New York and Utah, as E-Cigarette Legislation Stalls

On October 8, New York well being officers introduced {that a} Bronx teen died following problems from a vaping-related sickness, marking the state’s first loss of life in a nationwide epidemic. Less than 24 hours later, the Utah Department of Health launched a press release confirming that state’s first vaping associated fatality.

In each circumstances, the victims had been underneath 30 years previous.

A press launch from the Utah Department of Health reported that the Utah resident vaped THC, a chemical contained in marijuana, previous to their loss of life. The UDOH tells Newsweek that the particular person was not hospitalized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over one thousand circumstances of lung accidents associated to digital cigarette use have been reported. In 80 p.c of circumstances, the victims had been underneath 35 years previous, and 37 p.c of the sickened had been 20 years previous or youthful.

While many use e-cigarettes as a much less dangerous different to smoking common cigarettes, the latest diseases have demonstrated the significance of additional investigating the potential risks of vaping. In August, New York’s well being commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, acknowledged, “While many people consider vaping to be a less dangerous alternative to smoking cigarettes, it is not risk free.”

In a press release Wednesday, UDOH state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn commented, “This death is a sad reminder of the severity of these unexplained illnesses.”

First Vaping Deaths Announced Within 24 Hours of Each Other in New York and Utah, as E-Cigarette Legislation Stalls
Many fear that fruit-inspired flavors make vaping and e-cigarettes interesting to teenagers. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

Recent legislative efforts surrounding the gross sales of e-cigarettes targets the candy and fruity flavors that corporations typically promote and the way youngsters and younger adults are seemingly focused by them.

In March, the Stop Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act was launched by Senators Dick Durbin and Lisa Murkowski. Bolstered by bipartisan help, the invoice would place robust restrictions on e-cigarette flavors to discourage corporations from encouraging kids to strive vaping.

On Tuesday, the day the primary New York vaping fatality was introduced, Senator Chuck Schumer, one of many SAFE Kids Act’s co-sponsors, spoke concerning the risks of vaping at Long Island’s Great Neck South High School.

While the Senate prepares to debate the SAFE Kids Act, New York state legislators have been working to ban the sale of flavored vape merchandise inside their jurisdiction. So far, these efforts have been unsuccessful. On October 3, an appellate court docket dominated that e-cigarette producers may proceed to promote their flavored merchandise throughout the state.

In a press release following the ruling, Zucker wrote, “It is undeniable that the vaping industry is using flavored e-cigarettes to get young people hooked on potentially dangerous and deadly products. … While the court’s ruling temporarily delays our scheduled enforcement of this ban, it will not deter us from using every tool at our disposal to address this crisis. Make no mistake: this is a public health emergency that demands immediate action to help ensure the well-being of our children, and we’re confident that once the court hears our argument they will agree.” The subsequent New York state listening to on the flavored vaping ban will happen on October 18.

The CDC states that the precise chemical linked to those accidents has but to be recognized and recommends avoiding vaping, particularly THC merchandise.

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