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Over a dozen confirmed cases of severe lung diease associated with vaping

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The number of cases of suspected respiratory illnesses connected to vaping is rising in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says there are now a dozen confirmed or probable cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping.  The department is investigating another 14 possible cases.

Nationwide, 530 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown. Eight deaths have been reported.

The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory. The total number of illnesses is up from 380 a week ago.

All patients had used an electronic cigarette or other vaping device.

Two-thirds of the cases involved 18- to 34-year-olds. Most are men.

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. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A