e-cigarettes http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Legislature Sends E-Cigarette Bill to Governor's Desk http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-legislature-sends-e-cigarette-bill-governors-desk <p>Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved.<br /><br />The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it.</p><p>Teenagers under 18 are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes.</p><p>Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, except they are battery powered and the person inhales a vapor instead of smoke.</p><p>The ban would prohibit anyone under 18 from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.<br /> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:02:44 +0000 Associated Press 45894 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-senate-passes-bill-banning-e-cigarette-sales-minors <p>A bill that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is one step closer to becoming law.&nbsp; The Kentucky Senate passed the measure on a nearly unanimous vote, with only two Senators voting “no”.<br /><br />The bill treats e-cigs like traditional tobacco products.&nbsp; Although e-cigs don’t contain tobacco, some people worry, and some studies have shown, that use of the devices could lead young people to start using tobacco.&nbsp; A similar bill is being considered by the Kentucky House.<br /> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:54:40 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 44722 at http://wkyufm.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://wkyufm.org/post/teens-who-try-e-cigarettes-are-more-likely-try-tobacco-too While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.<p>Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 44694 at http://wkyufm.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too House Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors http://wkyufm.org/post/house-bill-aims-restrict-sales-e-cigarettes-minors <p>The House Licensing and Occupations Committee advanced legislation Wednesday that would make it illegal to sell electronic cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.&nbsp; Under House Bill 309, the devices would fall under the same rules as tobacco products.&nbsp; The bill is sponsored by Shively Democratic Rep. Joni Jenkins and now moves on to the full House for consideration. &nbsp;<br /><br />When asked whether e-cigs would be taxed like tobacco products, Jenkins said she would defer to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.<br /><br />E-cigarettes produce vaporized nicotine.<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/17/276558592/candy-flavors-put-e-cigarettes-on-kids-menu" target="_blank"> NPR reported</a> earlier this week on the popularity of the products for teens.&nbsp;&nbsp; Potential long term health effects from e-cigarettes are still unknown.<br /> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:27:00 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 44028 at http://wkyufm.org House Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors Head of UK's Markey Cancer Center Weighs in on E-Cigarettes http://wkyufm.org/post/head-uks-markey-cancer-center-weighs-e-cigarettes <p>The director of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center says electronic cigarettes are “quite harmful”.&nbsp; Dr. Mark Evers was answering questioned posed to him by lawmakers on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee. &nbsp;<br><br>Dr. Evers says current research on e-cigs indicate that they may be&nbsp; “every bit as dangerous” as smoking tobacco.&nbsp; E-cigarettes deliver a vaporized solution that may or may not contain nicotine.&nbsp; Members of the committee say they’re trying to gauge the health impact of e-cigarettes because some local jails provide the devices to inmates at cost.&nbsp;<br><br>Part of the funding for the research comes from the 1998 tobacco settlement with 46 states including Kentucky.<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:23:33 +0000 WKU Public Radio 36550 at http://wkyufm.org Head of UK's Markey Cancer Center Weighs in on E-Cigarettes