New York doctors urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban all tobacco products after experts warn smokers and vapers may be more vulnerable to coronavirus infection
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been asked by a group of doctors to issue an executive order that would ban the sale of all tobacco products
- The group points to a study that found smokers have a higher susceptibility to contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus
- But the New York State Vapor Association argues that such an overarching ban would cause people to buy black market tobacco products
- In the U.S., there are more than 54,000 confirmed cases – at least 26,000 in New York – and nearly 800 deaths
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Doctors urge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban vaping to help fight the corona virus as cases continue to rise.
The New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP) asks the governor to issue an executive order that would ban the sale of all tobacco products.
The group points to a study from China, who discovered that smokers are more prone to contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
In addition, researchers found that those who use tobacco are “14 times more likely to have COVID-19 progression.”
In the US, there are more than 54,000 confirmed cases of the virus – at least 26,000 of which are in New York – and nearly 800 deaths.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been asked by a group of doctors to issue an executive order that would ban the sale of all tobacco products. Pictured: Cuomo speaks to the media on March 24 about coronavirus cases in New York
The group points to a study, which found that smokers are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus (file image)
As our state and our country struggle to respond to the rapidly evolving and escalating COVID-19 pandemic that is hitting our residents and putting pressure on our healthcare system, the increasing evidence shows the link between tobacco use and an increased risk for progressive COVID 19, “NYSAFP President Dr. Barbara Keber said in a statement to the New York Daily News.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Cuomo had taken measures to reduce vaping in New York.
Last month, Cuomo launched the hashtag #NoVapeNY and announced that those who wanted to quit vaping could join an SMS program.
“It was not long ago that we were dealing with a separate respiratory crisis specifically related to vaping products,” said Dr Jason Matuszak, the group’s elected president. WRGB.
He refers to a slew of vape-related illnesses that made 2,807 people sick and killed at least 68 in 29 states and the District of Columbia.
The “ main culprit ” was a vitamin E-derived oil called vitamin E acetate, which was found in almost all cannabis vapors that made patients sick.
It sticks to the lungs and causes chemical burns that are compared to those of soldiers attacked with mustard gas.
Dr. Matuszak says that if vapers with such severe lung damage come in contact with the coronavirus, it could mean they need to be ventilated.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo said the state currently has 7,000 fans, but needs 30,000.
“If we need fans 14 times less people, that’s a big difference,” said Dr. Matus bag to WRGB.
“Now our fans we have can suddenly be enough to help the vast majority of our population through this really tough time.”
But the New York State Vapor Association argues that such an overarching ban would lead people to buy tobacco products on the black market.
“I think it is responsible not to cause a separate panic by banning tobacco products,” the group’s vice president Andrew Osborne told the station.
“I understand the need to recommend that people refrain from using flammable tobacco, especially at this point, but it’s very unfair when they try to take life-saving vapor products away from hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who need them to stay smoke-free.”
Neither group immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.