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Michigan confirms thirty six cases of vaping related illness

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The number of confirmed and suspected cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping in Michigan inched higher this week.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified 36 confirmed or probable vaping related lung disease cases, including one fatality.  Another dozen cases are under investigation.

The Centers for Disease Control says there have been nearly 15 hundred cases nationwide…including 33 deaths in 24 states.

The cause of the outbreak is unclear…though there is suspicion black market THC vaping products may play a role.

The rising numbers come after a judge this week struck down Michigan’s ban on flavored vaping products. 

Michigan’s Attorney General is appealing the judge’s ruling.

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