Electronic cigarettes could rekindle battles over smoking in public

So far, e-cigarettes aren’t widely regulated. In 2012, Minnesota passed a law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But, in part because e-cigarettes don’t burn anything, they haven’t been legally prohibited in public places. However, the electronic cigarettes have been banned in K-12 schools in the state and some colleges and universities also have moved to ban them. The Lung Association’s Moffitt hopes legal measures will be taken to ban e-cigarettes in public places before they become more common. “Maybe we need to put the kibosh on these right now,” he said.
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Electronic Cigarettes: More Dangerous Than the Industry Wants You to Think?

Analysts expected $1.28 billion. Its shares rose 41 cents to $44.82 in morning trading Thursday. Most tobacco companies have been raising prices and cutting costs to keep profits up as the recession and declining demand cut into cigarette sales. Tax increases, smoking bans, health concerns and social stigma also have made the cigarette business tougher. Lorillard, based in Greensboro, N.C., says its cigarette shipments fell about 2 percent to 10.44 billion cigarettes. Adjusting for trade inventory changes, Lorillard says its cigarette volumes were flat during the quarter, compared with a total industry decline of more than 4 percent.
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Cigarette maker Lorillard’s 2Q profit up 10 pct on higher pricing, e-cig sales, lower costs

One thing is for sure: despite what manufacturers may claim, the primary byproduct of electronic cigarettes isnt a harmless water vapor. In an interview with Scientific American , Stanton Glantz noted a number of nasties that users inhaled directly, including acetaldehyde, nickel and cadmium. Like their conventional counterparts, electronic cigarettes also produce secondhand smoke, inhaled by both the user and people around her. Every puff comes with a load of formaldehyde, toluene and, of course, nicotine. After spending years fighting to get these chemicals Cigarettes: A Top out of indoor environments and away from children, the United States seems poised to reintroduce them through the unregulated sale and use of electronic cigarettes. While they might offer a way for nicotine addicts to get their fix (and some researchers note that e-cigs themselves could be addictive), its not necessarily a safe way for them or anyone else. The FDA has no regulatory framework in place for handling them.
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Electronic Cigarettes — Let’s Think Before We Inhale

Today one in six Americans already have the disease of addiction — that’s more than the number with heart disease, diabetes or cancer. Another 80 million engage in substance use in ways that threaten health and safety. Addiction and risky substance use is the largest preventable and most costly health problem in the U.S. today.
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