Lawmakers work to stop lung injuries, deaths related to vaping

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LANSING, MICH. (WLNS) — State lawmakers are on a mission to stop people from dying when it comes to vaping or using e-cigarettes. Their focus is to stop the sale and processing of pot and tobacco products containing Vitamin E Acetate.

Last year, Vitamin E Acetate was found to be associated with the lung-related diseases caused from vaping.

Back in November the owner of Herbology Cannabis Co. in River Rouge received an email from the state.

“And it’s the MRA board saying halting all sales of carts until they are retested for the vitamin e acetate.” said owner TJ Jawad.

These carts contained THC and when the results came back they were negative for the chemical, but the owner is disappointed that someone created vaping products with something so dangerous.

“It’s pure greed. I mean from my understanding vitamin e acetate is used as a cutter and a thickener. so basically you put less THC in the cart so you make more money obviously.”

Lawmakers approved the three bills written by Rep. Abdullah Hammoud. The bills would make it illegal for people to sell and process marijuana or tobacco products with Vitamin E Acetate.

According to the CDC, Vitamin E Acetate is strongly linked to use lung injury associated with using e-cigarettes or vaping.

As of late January there were more than 2,700 hospitalized cases of vaping or e-cigarette related lung injuries or deaths that had been reported to CDC from all 50 states. 60 deaths have been confirmed.

Three people have died from vaping related lung injuries in Michigan.

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