Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel said Wednesday any suspected cases of unexplained e-cigarette or vaping-associated pulmonary disease must be immediately reported to the Department of Public Health for the next 12 months.
The woman, whose name has been withheld, was said by health officials to have had a history of health issues but her rapid decline prior to her untimely death was most likely caused by her use of e-cigarettes.
The growing number of acute lung illnesses related to vaping has health officials in multiple states warning the public to stay away from vape products.
"Consumers who use vaping products and e-cigarettes are urged to avoid buying products from the street and to refrain from modifying or adding any substances to products purchased in stores", she said. Lee Norman said in a statement.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control tweeted the cases span 33 states and the Virgin Islands with five reported deaths.
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.
At least one of the associated deaths that has been publicly disclosed appears to have been related to illicit THC vaping products.
The news comes after First Lady Melania Trump joined a chorus of officials voicing concern over the rampant use of e-cigarette products among the nation's youth when she posted a tweet on Monday calling for more prevention and protection against nicotine addiction.
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While health officials say they are "actively investigating" several suspected vaping-associated pulmonary cases, there have been no confirmed cases in MA.
Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, anorexia, pleuritic chest pain, nausea, and diarrhea.
Lab tests indicate high levels of an additive called vitamin E acetate in nearly every sample.
The use of vaping and e-cigarettes among young adults and teens has skyrocketed in the past years.
It was found that most of the patients were male with a median age of 19, in a study conducted by the states of Wisconsin and IL and published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
According to The Sun, it is unclear what type of e-cigarette products he had been using.
They can also be used to deliver marijuana or other substances.
E-cigarettes were ironically popularized as "healthy" alternatives to smoking tobacco, but have become an "epidemic" unto themselves among youth, according to the CDC.