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PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c ...Read More

PHOTO: Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. Supporters need 385,000 signatures by July 2nd. Photo credit: Morgue File

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Time is short for those working to get legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Ohio in 2014. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment would allow for the medical, therapeutic and industrial uses of cannabis. According to the president of the Ohio Rights Group, John ...Read More

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Massachusetts, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Massachusetts. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking tobacco, but experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated t ...Read More

PHOTO: The American Lung Association in Wisconsin says no one really knows if e-cigarettes are safe, and says the President should get the FDA involved in studying and regulating them. Photo courtesy FDA.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. - A public hearing will be held at the State Capitol today on a bill by Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, that exempts e-cigarettes from Wisconsin's smoke-free air law. Right now, they're not regulated, which Dona Wininsky, director of public policy and communications for the Ameri ...Read More

PHOTO: The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban "vaping" in most work sites and many public places, including parks and some beaches. The council has also denied an exemption to the ban that would have allowed tobacco-free e-cigarettes in bars, despite some concern that banning them might actually lead to more smoking. Photo courtesy FDA.

The Los Angeles City Council is outlawing "vaping" in most work sites and many public places, including parks and some beaches. The council on Tuesday also denied an exemption to the ban that would have allowed tobacco-free e-cigarettes in bars, despite concern that banning them might actually lead ...Read More

PHOTO: "Do it for our kids" is the message healthcare and youth advocates are sending to state lawmakers as a main reason why a statewide smoke-free law should be passed. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill (HB173) that proposes a statewide smoke-free law in public places awaits a vote in the Kentucky House, and supporters are urging lawmakers to think about what it could do for children's health. For example, according to Dr. Bethany Hodge, a pediatrician, secondhand smoke is a ...Read More

PHOTO: While a new federal report finds obesity rates among kids ages two to five have plummeted over the past decade, a leading health expert in Kentucky says childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the Commonwealth. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Over the past decade the percentage of kids ages 2-5 who are obese has dropped a staggering 43 percent nationwide, according to a new federal report. However, according to Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, childhood obesity remains a big prob ...Read More

PHOTO: Utah lawmakers are showing support for a bill that would raise the state's legal smoking age to 21. Photo courtesy of the CDC.

SALT LAKE CITY - The legal age for using tobacco in Utah could become the highest in the nation if a bill moving through the state Legislature is approved. State Sen. Stuart Reid is sponsoring Senate Bill 12, which would increase the legal age for smoking from 19 to 21. Reid said the Legislature i ...Read More

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