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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 acetateas "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 (HB5159, 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 recalledthousands of vape products that tested positive.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public 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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