Schools in some states have started to categorize e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia, instead of tobacco products, according to the Associated Press. Students caught with e-cigarettes in these schools are punished more harshly than those found with regular cigarettes.
A new study suggests e-cigarettes may significantly reduce tobacco cravings in smokers. The small study, which included 48 smokers who were not trying to quit, indicates e-cigarettes may help smokers reduce the number of cigarettes they smoke, or help them stop altogether, the researchers say.
A group of 29 state attorneys general urged the Food and Drug Administration to impose restrictions on e-cigarettes, according to The Wall Street Journal. They are asking for a ban on television ads and on candy and fruit flavors.
Allowing e-cigarettes to compete with regular cigarettes might reduce deaths and illness caused by tobacco, a new study concludes. The researchers reviewed 81 previous studies on the use and safety of e-cigarettes.
E-cigarette makers are quickly producing new flavors to attract customers, The New York Times reports. More than 7,000 flavors are now available, with an estimated 250 new varieties being introduced each month.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will develop e-cigarette policies that will protect public health, the head of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products said Wednesday. The FDA is considering product standards in the areas of addiction, toxicity and product appeal.
Federal authorities are debating whether health insurance companies can charge e-cigarette users more under the Affordable Care Act, as they are allowed to do for smokers of traditional cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Teens ages 12 to 17 were exposed to many new e-cigarette television ads between 2011 and 2013, a new study finds. Young people in this age group experienced a 256 percent jump in exposure to the ads during those years, according to NBC News.