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E Cigarettes


Are E-cigarettes the new Methadone?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Many state and federal officials want to restrict access to e-cigarettes, but public health specialists are divided on whether they do more harm than good — or vice versa.

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On The Media

Up in...Vapor?

Friday, January 31, 2014

It’s been 50 years since the Surgeon General linked tobacco smoking with cancer and other diseases. Amid widespread bans on public smoking, jurisdictions such as New York City are expanding the bans to include fake smoke -- the battery-heated glycol vapor produced by e-cigarettes. Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn defended the city’s new restrictions, saying e-cigarettes “normalize” the appearance of lighting up. Bob speaks to Amy Fairchild, a professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University, to ask if you can really ban an image?

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Anti-Tobacco Experts Spar Over E-Cigarettes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everyone who works in public health opposes smoking — but that doesn't mean they all agree about 'vaping.'

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Taking on the E-Cigarette Haters

Monday, December 09, 2013

The City Council is currently considering a bill that would forbid the use of e-cigarettes anywhere cigarettes are currently banned, including bars and restaurants. Two public health professors make the case for tolerating e-cigs -- especially when the alternative is old-school smoke.

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City May Ban E-Cigarettes from Bars, Restaurants and Parks

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A new bill being that will be introduced next week in the New York City Council could take some of the oxygen out of the fast-growing market for tobacco-free e-cigarettes.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Understanding E-Cigarettes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

E-cigarettes—small devices which deliver vaporized nicotine to users—are a $2 billion industry. The three large tobacco companies have also made forays into the market. While regulators study the health impacts and safety of e-cigarettes, the demand for the product continues to grow. E-cigarettes are not subject to New York City bans on smoking in public parks or beaches, and it’s not uncommon to see users “vaping” in restaurants, subways and theaters. Dr. Richard Hurt, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Deepak Saxena, assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the NYU College of Dentistry, talk about how e-cigarettes work and their growing popularity.

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Note to Self

Vape Expectations: Testing the Allure of E-Cigarettes

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

“Disruptive technology” is the buzzword in the tech-world. But can it shake up the hardest habit of all, smoking?

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Note to Self

Coffee and E-Cigarettes

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

No heavy subject matter this week. Instead, we're diving into two subcultures that have been transformed by tech: Coffee and cigarettes. If you've never heard of a burr grinder or cartomizer, this podcast is for you. 



'Vaping' While Dining

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ten years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg banned smoking in New York City bars and restaurants, diners are puffing away again. But now, they are "vaping," or smoking e-cigarettes. 

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: No Contract Yet Between UAW and Auto Makers; NYC Bike Share Is A "Game-Changer"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Top stories in TN:

NYC chooses Alta for its bike share system. (Story, photos)

Congressman John Mica -- chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- has a love/hate relationship with infrastructure. (Link)

A lone Republican senator is holding up transportation and FAA funding extensions, because he said they will fund things like a Corvette museum and an albino squirrel sanctuary. (Link)

A bike lane on Manhattan's Upper West Side (photo by Kate Hinds)

NYC bike share: coverage in Marketplace, New York Times, NY Daily News, NY Observer, DNA Info, Wall Street Journal.

NYC DOT head Janette Sadik-Khan's editorial in the New York Daily News: bike share is another option for New Yorkers.

Editorial in The Guardian: bike share is a "game-changer."

Auto workers and car manufacturers failed to reach a contract agreement by the deadline; GM and Chrysler agree to extend talks. (Detroit Free Press)

In Canada, a study found that new immigrants are twice as likely to use public transit when compared to Canadian-born workers. (Global News)

The Obama administration wants to ban electronic cigarettes on planes. (AP via AJC)

A Chicago official wants to crack down on distracted biking. (WBEZ)

Taking stock of technology in cars: we're not that far off from "partial autopilot." (Wall Street Journal)

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