On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker held a joint press conference warning New Yorkers to avoid vaping in light of hundreds of people in 33 states developing lung ailments as a result of using e-cigarettes. Many of the cases have been linked to black-market THC vape cartridges, and in New York state specifically, 10 out of 18 cartridges associated with recent hospitalizations tested positive for the presence of vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent used in some black-market vape pens, which can be extremely toxic if inhaled.
During the press conference, Cuomo said that while all of the cartridges that tested positive for vitamin E acetate had been purchased on the black market, the recent spate of vaping-related lung ailments meant that New Yorkers should avoid vaping in general, adding that he intended to institute a ban of flavored e-cigarettes. “This is a frightening public