New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the trend in smoking traditional cigarettes among teens is down. That's great news on many levels. But as traditional cigarette smoking has declined, the use of electronic cigarettes has tripled over the past few years.
Wondering whether to worry? Or even what the heck an e-cigarette actually is? I've been combing the latest research to help answer those questions.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its annual County Health Rankings, and Rhode Island's counties (Providence in particular) seem to be faring worse than the national average on a few measures, and much better on a few, too.
Lawmakers will consider legislation today that would up the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. Rhode Islanders can currently start buying cigarettes at age 18.
The new legislation would bar people under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes, or any other tobacco related products. That includes cigars, chewing tobacco, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.
The House Committee on health, education and welfare is taking up the bill.
Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.
The policy will tack on an extra $600 a year to the medical benefits of any employee or spouse or domestic partner covered by company insurance who uses tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.
Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.
Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit.
Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks. The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.
City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco. Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.