Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Department of Health will issue guidance urging New Yorkers to temporarily stop using vaping products.
AUDIO of the Governor's comments is available here.
A rush transcript of the Governor's comments is available below:
New York State is going to issue health guidance either today or tomorrow that says people should not be using vaping products period, which is basically what the CDC is saying. There have been a number of deaths. There is an investigation ongoing. Nobody knows exactly what it is. There is some suggestion that is linked to Vitamin E, et cetera. Our health guidance is no one should be using vaping products period until we know what it is.
Statement from Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Vaping-Associated Illnesses:
Heeding the warnings from CDC and at the direction of Governor Cuomo, today I am urging New Yorkers to stop using vape products while the investigation into the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses nationwide can be better determined. The Wadsworth Center, New York State's public health laboratory, is diligently testing both cannabis and nicotine-containing vape products received from people experiencing serious lung-related illnesses.
Rigorous testing also continues on all vape products currently authorized in the state's highly regulated Medical Marijuana Program. There have been no adverse events related to vaping among certified patients in this program since this investigation began. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are also urging patients in the medical marijuana program to consult with their health care providers on potential alternatives to vaping products while the investigation continues. For additional information, patients can also contact the state's Medical Marijuana Program at 844-863-9312.