Medical pot users urged to find alternatives to vaping; some worry about less effective, more costly options

CITY HALL — As the state is urging New Yorkers to stop using their e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, some medical marijuana users who rely on marijuana vape pens to treat medical conditions say they are worried about less effective and more costly alternatives to vaping.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid growing concern over vaping products and directed the state’s Health Department to probe three companies that use thickening agents in vaping cartridges.

The state’s Health Department has received reports of 41 vape-related illnesses from physicians, who said patients were using at least one cannabis-containing vape product before they fell ill.

After testing products, New York focused its investigation on vitamin E acetate, which recently has been used as a thickener, mostly in black market vape cartridges. Suppliers say it dilutes vape oils without making them look

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