vaping illnesses

NYers Urged to Stop Using Cigarettes and Vaping Products During COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 31, 2020
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Families across the country are keeping up with the social distancing guidelines to stop the wild spread of coronavirus.  The same could happen betweeen you and your cigarettes or vaping products. The New York State Academy of Family Physicians has called for a ban on tobacco and e-cigarette products during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The group's President Dr. Barbara Keber cited recent findings that show patients who smoke or vape have more severe cases of COVID-19  and need more extensive treatment than those who don't 

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The dangers E-cigarettes pose to young people are not fully known.  But deaths and hospital visits due to vaping are raising concerns among parents and health experts, even as e-cigarette usage grows among younger and younger children.  Now a health program at Cornell University has new way to open the eyes of youth to the potential dangers.


Upstate Poison Center

The Upstate Poison Control Center is providing a look at a wide-range of poisoning situations that certified specialists handled in 2019.  Some of the more concerning calls were attributed to the vaping crisis.  Michele Caliva, the Administrative Director  said their toxicologist and clinical director realized the illnesses reported were somehow related.

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Fifth graders at Delaware Elementary School paraded down their hallways Thursday holding signs with anti-tobacco messages and chanting "Be Smart!  Don't Start!"  Thursday was the Great American Smokeout, which encourages tobacco users to take those first steps toward quitting. 


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New York’s Attorney General is suing Juul, the nation’s largest manufacturer of electronic cigarettes,  saying the “deceptive and misleading marketing of its e-cigarettes” has contributed to the youth vaping epidemic in New York State.


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Doctors and scientists from Central New York and the State Deptartment of Health have created an algorithm to assess patients who might have symptoms associated with vaping.  As of November 5th, the Centers for Disease Control has reported 165 cases Lung Injury in New York State.  


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Onondaga County health officials are joining the state department of health in urging residents to stop using e-cigarettes due to the increase vaping-related illnesses.  At least 74 people have fallen ill statewide, including seven in Onondaga County.  Program Coordinator for the Tobacco-free Network of CNY Karyn Johnson says it’s not clear yet what’s causing symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and more…