Latest New York State Department of Health News

Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools

Oct. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Carl and Kerri Schwartz say they have good medical reason for not vaccinating their disabled 11-year-old son, Thorn, and until recently his local public school went along with their family doctor's advice. That changed, the Schwartzes said, when New York state did away with religious...

Court puts enforcement of New York’s flavor ban on hold

Oct. 3, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes after the vaping industry sued to block the ban. The stay comes a day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the...

Measles outbreak that sickened 312 in Rockland declared over

Sep. 25, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Officials have announced an end to the measles outbreak that infected 312 people since last October in Rockland County in New York City's northern suburbs. The state Health Department says Tuesday that 42 days have passed with no new cases in Rockland. That's the equivalent of two...

Panel approves ban on sale of flavored e-cigs in New York

Sep. 17, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, a move that comes as federal health officials investigate a mysterious surge of severe breathing illnesses linked to vaping. The vote by the state Public Health and Health Planning Council means the...

Retailers scramble as NY moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vape shops in New York are scrambling to respond to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to prohibit the sale of flavored vaping products — a ban poised to take effect Tuesday. Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed the ban on Sunday . The emergency regulation will take effect immediately if approved as...

New York moves to enact statewide flavored e-cig ban

Sep. 15, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state health commissioner would be making a recommendation this week to...