Manhattan man confirmed as New York's 2nd vaping-related death
A second vaping-related death in New York has been confirmed amid a call for an immediate ban on all e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the death Wednesday, only identifying the victim as a male in his 30s from Manhattan.
In response, American Medical Association President Patrice Harris said, "The recent lung illness outbreak has alarmed physicians and the broader public health community and shined a light on the fact that we have very little evidence about the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes and vaping products." The AMA cited a surge in underage use of e-cigarettes as well as a recent outbreak of lung illness tied to vaping.
Dr. Sameer Khanjo, a pulmonologist with North Shore University Hospital, points out traces of vitamin E acetate have been found in many of the patients diagnosed with vaping-related illnesses.
"About 86% of the cases reported nationally are of people who have been vaping THC-based products and the illicit products are what carry the vitamin E acetate within them," says Khanijo. "It's sort of used as a cutting agent to make the product last longer."
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it "has identified vitamin E acetate as a chemical of concern ... and recommends that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping products."
The Food and Drug Administration has been widely criticized for repeatedly pushing back its own deadline to begin reviewing thousands of vaping products on the market. The deadline is now next May.