e-cigarettes

Regional
12:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Daviess County Public Schools Bans E-Cigarette Use By Students

Superintendent Owens Saylor
Credit Daviess County Public Schools

Daviess County Public Schools has become the latest district to ban e-cigarette use by students. Superintendent Owens Saylor says whether or not the devices are hazardous to one’s health, they’re intended for use by adults

“We have a parents committee here called the Council of Councils and there’s been some good discussion there about what’s in the health interest of our students,” said Saylor. “So, anything that would even represent smoking or inhalants or anything like that is not appropriate for our students. That’s why we felt like this was really an addition on to our tobacco ban and it’s a way for us to keep up with what’s happening."

Saylor also says e-cigarettes became a distraction.

“I think we’ve seen them popping up – and we’re learning a couple things. They’re expensive items, to begin with.  There were even situations where we had folks complaining that they were being stolen,” said Saylor. “And we’re not about to chase someone’s personal smoking device.”

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Regional
2:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kentucky Legislature Sends E-Cigarette Bill to Governor's Desk

Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved.

The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It will become law unless Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear vetoes it.

Teenagers under 18 are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes resemble traditional cigarettes, except they are battery powered and the person inhales a vapor instead of smoke.

The ban would prohibit anyone under 18 from buying, possessing or using electronic cigarettes.

Regional
4:54 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

A bill that would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors is one step closer to becoming law.  The Kentucky Senate passed the measure on a nearly unanimous vote, with only two Senators voting “no”.

The bill treats e-cigs like traditional tobacco products.  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.  A similar bill is being considered by the Kentucky House.

Health
10:46 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too

They're both legal. Either, both or none?
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Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:01 pm

While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.

Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Those who said they had ever used an e-cigarette were six times more likely to try tobacco than ones who had never tried the e-cig.

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Regional
10:27 am
Wed February 19, 2014

House Bill Aims to Restrict Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

State Rep. Joni Jenkins is sponsoring the bill that would ban e-cigarette sales to minors
Credit Rep. Joni Jenkins

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.  Under House Bill 309, the devices would fall under the same rules as tobacco products.  The bill is sponsored by Shively Democratic Rep. Joni Jenkins and now moves on to the full House for consideration.  

When asked whether e-cigs would be taxed like tobacco products, Jenkins said she would defer to the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

E-cigarettes produce vaporized nicotine. NPR reported earlier this week on the popularity of the products for teens.   Potential long term health effects from e-cigarettes are still unknown.

Health
5:23 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Head of UK's Markey Cancer Center Weighs in on E-Cigarettes

Dr. Mark Evers
Credit University of Kentucky

The director of the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center says electronic cigarettes are “quite harmful”.  Dr. Mark Evers was answering questioned posed to him by lawmakers on the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee.  

Dr. Evers says current research on e-cigs indicate that they may be  “every bit as dangerous” as smoking tobacco.  E-cigarettes deliver a vaporized solution that may or may not contain nicotine.  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. 

Part of the funding for the research comes from the 1998 tobacco settlement with 46 states including Kentucky.