MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler is urging all residents of Chautauqua County to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the definitive cause of reported vaping-associated illnesses nationwide is concluded.
According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), as of September 5, the state health department has received 34 reports from New York State physicians of severe pulmonary illness among patients ranging from 15 to 46 years of age who were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product before they became ill.
Although the vast majority of hospitalizations appear to be connected to black-market products that are specifically promoted as containing CBD, THC, or and/or Vitamin E acetate, Schuyler said she is urging county residents to stop using all vape/e-cigarette products. She also said that Until more information is available locally, the county will continue to monitor findings issued by the state.
According to some reports, some 30 million Americans using vaping products, with many adults switching over to vaping in order to quit smoking traditional tobacco products.