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July 2, 1997
When will we put as much effort into outlawing guns as we do into outlawing cigarettes? LINDA MANION Pasadena
April 25, 2014 | By Shan Li and Lalita Clozel
A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry. Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night, customers kick back on his comfy couches, surrounded by brick walls hung with Salvador Dali-esque paintings, and try out new e-cig flavors. Since opening in September, Sanchez said, business has boomed as more smokers discovered the battery-operated devices, which heat liquids that usually contain nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.
January 27, 2013
Re "It pays to quit smoking at any age," Jan. 24 A comment in the article suggests the need to determine a relationship between the number of cigarettes smoked daily and the extent of disease that results. There is no safe use for any tobacco product. Tobacco use will result in either disease, disability or death. To parse the degree of damage by number of tobacco units may seem to imply that there might actually be a "safe" level. Such is not now and never will be the case.
April 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
It has taken far too long for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose regulations on e-cigarettes: More than three years have passed since it announced its intention to do so. During that time, the devices have caught on with teenagers, whose use of them doubled from 2011 to 2012. And the rules proposed Thursday will not be finalized for at least another year. The new regulations are appropriately strong in many ways, banning sales to minors and requiring the disclosure of ingredients as well as evidence for any marketing claims that e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional cigarettes.
September 22, 1990
Your story, "U.S. Firms to Ship Soviets Billions of Cigarettes" (Sept. 14), prompted the following calculation: The 34 billion cigarettes that U.S. tobacco firms sell to the Soviet Union will cause the premature deaths of about 70,000 Russians. Perhaps President Bush will approach tobacco industry leaders and ask them to supply the Iraqi army with their wares as well. ANNIE WAN, M.D. Los Angeles
July 22, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Legal challenges have stalled the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's proposal to require that graphic warning labels cover half of all cigarette packages, but a new study suggests a less in-your-face tactic - requiring packaging to be plain - might nudge some smokers toward quitting. Australia was the testing ground for packaging changes aimed at driving down smoking rates. Starting in December 2012, the front of all cigarette packages sold Down Under were to be three-quarters covered with a graphic health warning, and otherwise to be in plain-brown wrap.
November 15, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Cigarette use among middle school and high school students is on the decline, but public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned about other ways that tobacco and nicotine  use is rising among kids. Electronic cigarettes, hookahs and dissolvable tobacco were all more popular in 2012 than in 2011, according to data CDC researchers published this week in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Cigar smoking has also become more prevalent among high school students.
October 13, 2010
Health discussions about U.S. smokers usually revolve around numbers -- how many adults smoke (20.6%) and how many die each year (smoking accounts for 1 in 5 deaths),  according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smoking & Tobacco Use . In September, the American Lung Assn. released a study by Penn State University that came up with a different kind of number: the "true" cost of a pack of cigarettes, state by state. The data show the average national cost of a pack at $5.51, but once factors like the loss of workplace productivity are factored in that number bloats to $18.05.
November 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Call it an "e-smoking lounge" or a "vaping zone," but whatever you call it, it opened this week in Terminal 4 at London's Heathrow Airport. Electronic cigarette manufacturer Gamucci hosts the indoor area - off limits to anyone younger than 18 - as well as a store that allows travelers to sample and buy products too. Electronic cigarettes are "non-tobacco containing, non-combustible cigarettes which work by vaporizing nicotine liquid," according...
April 23, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a multibillion-dollar industry, according to officials who described the agency's proposal. But the agency will stop short of steps that many public health advocates and some members of Congress have called for, including restrictions on television advertisements and flavorings, such as pumpkin spice or chocolate, that may target younger consumers, officials said.
April 14, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators. A survey of nine electronic-cigarette companies found most were taking advantage of the lack of federal regulations to launch aggressive marketing campaigns targeting minors with tactics that would be illegal if used for traditional cigarettes, according to a report released by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
April 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
When two hunters found Amber Gail Creek's body, a plastic bag had been wrapped around her head and the word "Hi" written on one of her hands. It was a bitter-cold day in February 1997, and the 14-year-old runaway's partially naked body had been dumped steps from a parking lot in the Karcher Wildlife Area in Racine County, Wis. Amber had been sexually assaulted, beaten and suffocated, and a $5 price tag had been stuck to one of her arms. The gruesome discovery launched a criminal investigation that spanned almost two decades -- and has now put a suspect in police custody thanks to the help of a crime lab in Oklahoma, two Wisconsin investigators stalking the streets of Chicago, and one half-smoked cigarette.
March 24, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
A fair amount of conversation about e-cigarettes has involved their use in purportedly helping people to quit smoking. Researchers on Monday said the evidence for that has been “unconvincing,” and they suggest that regulations should forbid such claims until there's supporting research. In a letter Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Internal Medicine, researchers from the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco noted that e-cigarettes are “aggressively promoted as smoking cessation aids.” Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery operated; they heat substances that usually include nicotine to deliver a vapor for inhalation that often also contains flavors (fruit, bubble gum and others)
March 7, 2014
Re "After heated debate, L.A. restricts e-cigarette use," March 5 Regardless of speculation and hand-wringing by some, there is absolutely no scientific proof that e-cigarettes lead to smoking real cigarettes. The testimony to the Los Angeles City Council that supported treating e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes is based on suspicion and speculation, not fact - and astonishingly, everyone knows that. However, there exists among our elected leaders a fear that has no foundation, a fear of "what might happen"; this should not guide policymaking.
March 5, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Marisa Gerber
Frustrated by the lack of federal data on electronic cigarettes, the debate among Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday over whether to restrict their use quickly turned personal. Members of the council -- which ultimately voted to treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces -- recounted their own experiences and struggles with smoking, adding to a passionate debate at the hearing. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who pushed for the new restrictions, recalled his days breathing secondhand smoke as a waiter in a downtown restaurant.
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writer David Zahniser for a L.A. Now Live discussion at 1 p.m. today on the decision by city officials to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes and ban their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came Tuesday after an impassioned debate at the City Council . While many have embraced e-cigarettes as an alternative to regular smoking, there has been a backlash against the smokeless cigarettes as their popularity grows. Part of the decision includes a ban on using e-cigarettes in outdoor dining areas of restaurants and at city-sponsored farmers' markets.
March 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Long Beach approved strict rules on the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces late Tuesday, tougher regulations than were adopted hours earlier by the Los Angeles City Council. The restrictions, adopted on a 9-0 vote, mean Los Angeles County's two largest cities will treat e-cigarettes in much the same way as regular cigarettes, banning their use in restaurants, bars, workplaces, city parks and beaches. In Long Beach, e-cigarettes will now be classified as tobacco products, banning their sale to minors under the age of 18 and subjecting vendors to inspections and potential sting operations by the city's health department.
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