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November 12, 2019

For Immediate Release:

New York’s hospitals and health systems working with the state to address public health threat of vaping

Statement by HANYS President Bea Grause, RN, JD

ALBANY, NY — “Vaping is an urgent public health threat that must be addressed to protect the health of all New Yorkers, especially the many young people who have been lured into vaping by questionable marketing. HANYS applauds Gov. Cuomo for moving aggressively to address this issue and for recognizing the ongoing, critical role of our hospitals and health systems in safeguarding the public health against this threat.”

“Our hospitals and health systems are on the front line of caring for people suffering from vaping-associated severe respiratory disease. New York’s healthcare providers also play a pivotal role in educating patients, families and the public about public health threats, including the health effects of vaping.”

“The Healthcare Association of New York State and our member healthcare providers support efforts at the local, state and federal level as part of a broad, aggressive public health agenda to reduce vaping and advance the science to better understand, prevent and treat this illness.”

The Healthcare Association of New York State is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York state, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations.