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New York Will Require Health Warnings In Vape Shops

WCBS Radio New York logo WCBS Radio New York 9/9/2019 Erica Brosnan
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ALBANY (WCBS 880) -- New York state may soon require shops selling vaping devices to post health warning signs.

In an effort to curb what the Food and Drug Administration has called an "epidemic of youth vaping," the state may move to require health warning signs following hundreds of cases of lung illnesses believed to be connecting to vaping.

E-cigarettes, like JUUL, typically heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable vapor. Federal law bans sale of the products to anyone under the age of 18, but according to recent studies, more and more high school students report using vaping products.

Multiple municipalities in the state have already introduced legislation in an effort to ban the products, including Yonkers and Nassau County.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the latest move on Monday while advising all New Yorkers not to use any vaping devices.

Health investigators are currently investigating the cause of the mysterious illness, which has led to five deaths.

Cuomo also says the state will begin issuing subpoenas to companies that sell a vaping liquids that contain Vitamin E, which health officials believe may be playing a role in making people sick.

There have been over 450 reported illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 33 states.

Health officials have been unable to determine one single device or ingredient linked to the sickness.

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