By Kevin Deutsch
A Bronx 17-year-old is the youngest person to die from a mysterious respiratory disease apparently caused by vaping, officials said.
The boy died Friday following two stays in a local hospital during September. His death is the first recorded fatality caused by vaping in New York, state officials said.
“Parents have to know, young people have to know,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. “You are playing with your life when you play with this stuff.”
At least 23 people have died from the vaping related lung ailment in the U.S., with more than 1,000 others taking ill, but surviving, federal data shows.
Symptoms of the illness are comparable to those caused by pneumonia, experts said.