POLL: New Yorkers View Vaping as 'Serious Health Problem'

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Photo credit Vaping products at Premier Vape on Union Road in Cheektowaga. September 16, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

(WBEN) - A new poll of New Yorkers shows that 78% Say Vaping is a serious public health problem, and 61% support the Governor's emergency order to ban flavored E-Cigs

The Siena poll, which you can see here in its entirety, shows that 52% of New Yorkers go a step further, and support banning all e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

“While opioid abuse is seen as the most serious public health issue, concerns over vaping have risen dramatically and now approach a level similar to opioids. Marijuana is seen as the least serious from a list that also includes obesity, tobacco and alcohol,” said Siena College Research Institute Director Don Levy.

Sixty-two percent of state residents say they have been ‘touched by opioid abuse,' and even more describe opioids as a serious problem in their area. Roughly 75% of New Yorkers believe legislators should treat e-cigarettes with the same regulation as regular cigarettes, making it a requirement to be 21 years of age or older to purchase.

"Almost three-quarters of New Yorkers say they do believe, right now, we're in the midst of a youth vaping epidemic," said Levy.

While Levy said it was difficult to say exactly why, he believes the amount of coverage in the news cycle has led to these staggering numbers.

"Certainly, I think the degree of media coverage has contributed towards this rapid uptick in public concern," he said. "If you quantify it, if you compare how concerned you are about things like tobacco use, alcohol use, even opiod abuse, even obesity, we see the concern over those public health problems has remained relatively constant in the last year-and-a-half, but the concern over vaping is up by over 22%, so there's been a sudden uptick, and that does seem likely to be a product of the media coverage."