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Lawmakers Look To Crack Down On Substance Linked To Vaping Deaths


The Indiana House made changes Thursday to legislation that raises the smoking and vaping age to 21 years old, which includes an effort to address recent deaths from vaping.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently identified vitamin E acetate as the primary cause of a rash of lung injuries that came from vaping. Those injuries have killed dozens of Americans, including several Hoosiers.

READ MORE: State Health Department Reports 5th Vaping Related Death In Indiana

Rep. Terri Austin (D-Anderson) says lawmakers need to address that substance and the problems it’s causing.

“It’s what those who are engaged in sort of the underground or off-market arena use as a cutting or thickening agent,” Austin says.

House lawmakers want to make selling tobacco products with vitamin E acetate in them a Class B infraction, which carries a fine of up to $1,000.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.