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New York State Health Department issues formal statewide health advisory warning about dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping.

Photo: Young man exhaling a cloud of vaping smoke from his mouth and nose, which half-covers his face.

In a follow-up to our recent blog about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, we have this to add: the New York State Health Department has just reported it is investigating multiple incidents of serious e-cigarette vaping-related injuries across New York, including several near-death incidents. Symptoms include heart attack-type chest pain, flu-like illness, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting. Doctors say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury, with the body apparently reacting to a caustic substance that someone breathed in:

See, https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/08/16/new-york-breathing-illness-vaping/

The New York State Health Department is so concerned about the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping that it has just issued a formal statewide health advisory, warning individuals to stop the use of e-cigarettes:

https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/campaign/e-cigarettes/

In that August 2019 formal health advisory, the New York State Department of Health listed the following dangerous contents of e-cigarette aerosols (footnote references can be found on the above NYS Health Department website link), as follows:

E-cigarette Aerosol is Harmful

The e-cigarette aerosol users inhale and exhale is not harmless water vapor. Some e-liquids are advertised as nicotine free, but this may not be true. With or without nicotine, e-cigarette aerosol is unsafe. E-cigarette aerosol can contain:

  • fine and ultrafine toxic particles that can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs and increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks;

  • heavy metals such as lead, tin and nickel;

  • chemicals used for flavoring such as diacetyl that can cause a serious lung disease commonly known as "popcorn lung"; and

  • volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause long-term health effects including cancer.1

Many of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke are also found in e-cigarette aerosol. They include:

  • formaldehyde, also found in embalming fluid;1,7

  • cadmium, used in batteries;1,8

  • benzene, found in gasoline;1,9 and

  • toluene, an industrial solvent.1,10

The New York State Health Department report concludes as follows:

E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults is a Major Public Health Concern

  • Youth use e-cigarettes more than cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookah.3

  • Almost five times as many high school students in New York State use e-cigarettes than smoke cigarettes.3

  • The New York State smoking rate among youth is at a record low (4.3%), but their e-cigarette use doubled between 2014 and 2016 (from 10.5% to 20.6%).3

  • Few high school students say they plan to try smoking, but increasing numbers are open to trying e-cigarettes.5

  • More than half of teens believe nondaily e-cigarette use causes little or some harm.1

  • Of young people who use e-cigarettes, a third falsely believe nondaily e-cigarette use is harmless.1

  • E-cigarette use does not prevent from smoking. Adolescents and young adults who use e-cigarettes are at increased risk for starting smoking and continuing to smoke.1,6

  • More than half of high school students and young adults who smoke cigarettes also use e-cigarettes (called dual use).1

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If you or a child or young person you know under the age of 25 has experienced seizure, hemorrhagic stroke, BOOP or COP, or death due to any of these, while using e-cigarettes and/or vaping, you may be entitled to compensation.  Manufacturers should pay for the harm their e-cigarettes cause.  For a free, personal consultation about your legal rights, with absolutely no obligation, call me at 315-884-8888 or send me an email inquiry using this link:

https://www.jimsnyderlaw.com/contact

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James Snyder