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The Senate State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Wednesday that would raise the legal age of tobacco use in Idaho from 18 to 21.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, is intended to make it more difficult for minors and young adults to take up smoking or tobacco use. The age restriction also would apply to the sale and use of e-cigarettes.

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I was highly motivated to stop smoking, but sincerely doubted I would be able to do it. I've lost people I loved to complications with COPD and related illnesses, and they were unable to kick the addiction to cigarettes despite facing true life-or-death consequences.

If they could not do it, why would I think I could?

I decided to try nicotine patches, but had sticker shock when I priced a box of the things.

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E-cigarettes have become smaller and easier to conceal, which is likely contributing to an increase in vaping among teenagers, [...]

A sleek, nicotine-delivery device known as a JUUL looks like a thumb drive and can be concealed within a closed fist, they said.

"Because they are so discreet, you can very easily take these into the bathroom," said Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services at Linden Oaks in the western suburbs. [...]

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Studies have suggested that e-cigarette smoking, also known as “vaping,” can help tobacco smokers quit smoking and there is evidence that vaping is less harmful than tobacco smoking. Nevertheless, several groups, [...]

Showing the benefits of vaping, and its usefulness in quitting smoking, a study funded by Cancer Research UK found that the blood of e-cigarette users had lower amounts of tobacco-related carcinogens [...]

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The Institute of Technology Carlow has announced it is to ban on-campus smoking from all of the main outdoor areas later this month.

Smoking is to be restricted to three designated smoking shelters at locations across the campus to create a “smoke-free environment” around the main buildings. The initiative “Smoke Less Campus” will be implemented from Valentine’s Day, February 14th, [...]

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With so much conflicting evidence, it's difficult to know whether e-cigarettes should be viewed as a safer alternative to combustible tobacco products [...]

On the plus side, a recent Annals of Internal Medicine cross-sectional study found that former smokers who only use e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy are substantially less likely to be exposed to carcinogens and toxins than those who continue to smoke. [...]

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A New Jersey Democrat is calling for a state ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, saying the state must act to save lives where the federal government has not.

State Assemblyman Herb Conaway, a physician, said menthol has escaped being prohibited while other additives that are proven to promote addiction to nicotine have been banned.

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Last week was National Non-Smoking Week, so why weren’t health groups doing all they could to help smokers quit? Why wouldn’t they even show up to debate the best ways to get people to stop smoking?

That is what happened in Ottawa last week when a panel was convened to discuss vaping as an alternative for those unable or unwilling to quit smoking. The panel, titled “If Quitting isn’t an Option, is Vaping?” was hosted in Ottawa by iPolitics’s Sixth Estate. 

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A survey of New Zealand vapers has found most people started smoking e-cigarettes to quit smoking - and for the majority, it worked.

The online survey, led by Dr Penny Truman from Massey University in 2016, recruited 218 people through vaping and smoking-cessation networks.

Almost all had been smokers, but three quarters no longer smoked, and the remainder significantly reduced their tobacco use. [...]