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State lawmakers approve legislation to crack down on additive in e-cigarettes

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On Thursday, the Michigan House of Representatives approved a package of bills intended to reduce the health risks associated with vaping.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has identified Vitamin E acetate as "strongly linked" to a deadly outbreak of vaping-related lung damage. Thousands of people across the nation were hospitalized last year and dozens of people died from severe lung damage, including three in Michigan.

The legislation (HB 5159, 5160 & 5161) approved by the state House would ban the sale of marijuana and nicotine vaping products containing Vitamin E acetate as an additive. The legislation on its way to the state Senate includes fines and misdemeanor penalties.

Last year, Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency imposed a ban on the sale of vaping products that test positive for Vitamin E acetate. The agency has recalled thousands of vape products that tested positive.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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