SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Upstate New York Poison Center in Syracuse is taking four to five new calls every day about possible respiratory sickness tied to vaping and e-cigarettes. At least 13 of those calls are now being investigated by the State Health Department.
Nationwide, at least six people have died and 500 people in 33 states have come down with vaping-related lung disease. The American Medical Association calls it “an urgent public health epidemic.”
On Newsmakers with Dan Cummings, the Clinical Director of the Poison Center said vaping’s danger begins with addictive levels of nicotine, but now, these severe cases of lung disease have raised the stakes to an alarming level.
On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the state to expand education awareness programs on vaping.
You can see the full interview with Dr. Stork on the dangers of vaping this Saturday at 6:30 a.m.
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