A man's death on Wednesday is the first blamed directly on vaping in MI, according to state health officials.
The state's health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced the death Friday and said Pennsylvania has also reported nine confirmed cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No other details were released.
The state Department of Public Health said Thursday that the patient in their 30s died last week while hospitalized for multiple medical conditions.
Since August, 30 confirmed or probable vaping-related lung injury cases have been reported in MI, all in the Lower Peninsula.
The first illnesses were reported in late March, and as of late, 200 or more cases have been reported each week.
According to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, all of the patients in that country have reported a history of using vaping or e-cigarette products, and majority said they history of using products containing THC.
The age of people effected by this unknown illness is anywhere from 16 to 67. There have been 18 deaths in 15 states, which doesn't include deaths reported since then.
Nationally, the CDC reports that in around 75 percent of cases users vaped with marijuana products, either in addition to nicotine or alone.
MDHHS is working closely with the CDC and the federal Food and Drug Administration to get additional information that can help identify the ingredients in the vape materials that is making people sick.
"Additionally, consumers who choose to use any vaping products should not modify or add any substances such as THC or other oils to products purchased in stores and should not purchase any vaping products, including those containing THC, off the street or from other illicit channels", he said, adding that "according to recent findings, most of the patients impacted by these illnesses reported using THC-containing products, suggesting THC products are playing a role in the these illnesses".
Adults who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products.
Adults who do not now use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette products. E-cigarettes are not FDA approved as a smoking cessation device.
Adults who are vaping should not smoke combustible cigarettes as a replacement for nicotine. Free help is available for individuals who are ready to kick the tobacco habit at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).