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Are e-cigarettes dangerous?

By Harold P. Wimmer Editor’s note: Harold P. Wimmer is the president and CEO of the American Lung Association. (CNN) — For the makers of electronic cigarettes, today we are living in the Wild West — a lawless frontier where they can say or do whatever they want, no matter what the consequences. They are free to make […]

Fargo City Commissioners look to update tobacco ordinances

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Fargo city commissioners are taking a step to stop the increase of e-cigarette use among minors. Right now, electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the FDA, meaning there are no laws about their use. In the last year, the percentage of US middle and high school students who reported using […]

E-Cigarettes: Separating Fiction From Fact

By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter It’s the new year, a time when a smokers’ thoughts often turn to quitting. Some people may use that promise of a fresh start to trade their tobacco cigarettes for an electronic cigarette, a device that attempts to mimic the look and feel of a cigarette and often contains nicotine. […]

Nicotine Poisoning Blamed on E-cigs

BY KB HALLMARK Threats of nicotine poisoning are now serving as the catalyst of new protests against electronic cigarettes, prompting some countries to consider regulating or banning the e-cigs.  The European Union is currently considering either bans or regulation, and some places such as Spain have already banned the e-cigs. Some cities in the US are […]

Trebling [tripling] tobacco tax 'could prevent 200 million early deaths'

By: Kate Kelland, Reuters LONDON (Reuters) – Trebling [tripling] tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, researchers said on Wednesday. In a review in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the charity Cancer Research UK (CRUK) said […]

Arizona fire officials see increased fire danger with e-cigarettes

Lauren Gilger, ABC15.com PHOENIX – As electronic cigarettes grow in popularity, so do the number of fires they start. Phoenix Fire Department officials say they’ve noticed the increase and want families to know about the potential danger. AN ARIZONA COUPLE’S LOSS “I got to the bedroom door and it was just a huge fire,” Vicki […]

Be it resolved to quit ….

By KAREN HERZOG, Bismarck Tribune It’s safe to say that “lose weight” and “quit smoking” are at the top of many a New Year’s resolution list. And they, sadly, top the failure list every year as well. Not that it’s a contest, but some say weight loss is harder, because people can’t just “quit” eating. […]

Oregon cigarette tax goes up Jan. 1

Written by Peter Wong Oregon’s cigarette tax will go up Jan. 1. The actual tax is applied on individual cigarettes. The tax will go up from $1.18 to $1.31 on a standard pack of 20 cigarettes. It will be the first increase since 2004, when it actually dropped from $1.28 to $1.18 as the result of […]

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline: Report

WebMD News from HealthDay By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay Reporter Cancer death rates continue to decline in the United States, mainly because anti-smoking efforts have caused a drop in lung cancer deaths, researchers report. From 2001 through 2010, death rates for all cancers combined decreased by 1.8 percent a year among men and by 1.4 percent a year among women, according […]