A rapid rise in vaping illnesses continues.
41 people in New York have fallen ill, and eight users nationwide have died. The state health department is now investigating companies that make and sell vaping products to find out what's in them. Governor Cuomo also wants to ban flavored e-cigarettes.
13 cases from the Upstate New York Poison Center are being investigated by the state Department of Health, and experts expect that number to grow.
On Marshall Street, it's pretty easy to find someone who vapes. According to the CDC, one in five high school students say they vape.
"It's just easy to do it if everyone has it, you know," said 19-year-old Emmi Lingel.
Lingel and her friend Ari Spinoza recently graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School.
"So I have a lot of friends that vape, and you know, I started a business called Syrazy and I really didn't want to die young," said 18-year-old Spinoza.
They both say they used to vape but are working on quitting.
"My friends say keep vaping and I tell them to stop every day,” Spinoza said. “They cough a lot. I have one friend that actually ended up in the hospital."
The Upstate New York Poison Center has received 111 calls regarding people using e-cigarettes this year. That's more than twice as many as the 54 calls it got all of last year, and it's the beginning of September.
Toxicologists say they don't know what is in the e-cigarettes that's causing lung damage.
“Anytime you see kids getting sick -- this sick -- requiring care in an ICU, requiring a ventilator to breathe for them it’s a huge concern,” said William Eggleston, Upstate New York Poison Center Clinical Toxicologist. “It's really something that we need to get better answers on."
E-Cigs can contain nicotine, which makes them addictive, or THC, which gives you the feeling of being high. The biggest concern is the unknown chemicals, and Lingel felt the effects. Up until about a month ago she smoked a pod a day for about a year, she said.
"Just like being scared of the consequences and personally my lungs hurting and my chest hurting,” said Lingel. “It was really hard to quit too -- headaches, not being able to sleep well, not being concentrated."
Nicotine, THC, and other chemicals can harm brain development up until about age 25. And since e-cigarettes are often in kid-friendly flavors like mango or other fruits, the CDC says they are more appealing to young people.
Governor Cuomo is asking the Health Department to require warning signs in all vape and smoke shops across the state.