US reports 22 fatalities from illness linked to vaping

The death toll topped 22 in the United States from lung illness linked to vaping after a teenager died. The 17-year-old Bronx boy was the first person in New York State to die from vaping-related illness, Fox Business Network reported on Tuesday, citing US health centers.

The victim died at Montefiore Medical Center on Friday, days after he was admitted at the end of September, according to the report. Earlier this month, he was hospitalized for vaping-related illness, and was one of 110 New Yorkers, ages 14 to 69, to be sickened by the e-cigarettes, officials said.

“There have been about now 19 vaping deaths in this nation,” Fox Business Network quoted Cuomo as saying at a press conference. “About 1,000 cases according to the CDC. This vaping is a public health crisis. It is affecting our young people. It has been marketed to young people,” Cuomo added. Meanwhile, Montana Governor Steve Bullock directed the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to implement emergency administrative rules to temporarily prohibit the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.

“Young Montanans are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate, while officials investigate the possible causes of a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related injury and death, leaving us at a crossroads,” Bullock said. The emergency rules will be filed by DPHHS today, October 8, and will be effective on October 22. The emergency rules will be in effect for 120 days, the maximum time allowed by law. in