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The Pulse
5:08 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Tripling In Teen E-Cigarette Use: Reason To Worry?

At the Providence Place mall, an island displays e-cigarette wares for sale, promoting the benefits for quitting smoking.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

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.

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The Pulse
2:22 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

How Healthy Is Your County? Providence Needs Improvement.

Map ranking Rhode Island counties by health outcomes. The lighter colors represent better health outcomes.
Credit County Health Rankings 2015 / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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.

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RI News
8:58 am
Wed March 25, 2015

New Legislation Could Up Cigarette Purchase Age To 21

Rhode Island's current purchase age for cigarettes is 18. That could go up to 21 under proposed legislation.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Health Care
4:17 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Lifespan Hits Employees Who Use Tobacco With Surcharge

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.   

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Providence
9:42 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks

Smoking would be banned at Burnside Park in downtown Providence among others.
Credit Jeff Nickerson / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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