9:22 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Debate over e-cigarette ban expands

Smoking E-cigarettes in downtown Buffalo.
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The fight over banning the public use of electronic cigarettes began as a struggle to compare them to tobacco smoking. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, the more the issue drags out before the Erie County Legislature, the more the issues expand.

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5:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Technical error' causes Legislature to delay action on e-cigarettes

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An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

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11:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

City imposes e-cigarette restrictions

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"Vaping" is now banned in the same places tobacco smoking is banned in the City of Buffalo. The new law, passed by the Common Council on Tuesday, was quickly signed by Mayor Byron Brown.

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4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
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As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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9:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Erie County lawmakers to hold public hearing on e-cigarette regulations

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The Erie County Legislature takes public comment Monday on a proposal to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, just as traditional cigarettes are banned. 

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4:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Council approves new regulations for e-cigarette retailers

Common Council Member Chris Scanlon
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Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo.

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8:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislators, business owners debate e-cigarette regulation

Dr. Mark Travers (seated right), a research scientist at Roswell Park, appeared at an Erie County Legislature committee meeting on e-cigarettes.
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The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes may lead to new restrictions on where users can "vape" in Erie County.

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8:59 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Proposed e-cigarette regulations not sitting well with retailers

Electronic cigarette
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke with the owner of several e-cigarette stores in the state about how the proposals would affect his business.

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10:13 am
Fri April 25, 2014

FDA proposes new rules for e-cigarettes

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The Food and Drug Administration proposed strict new regulations on e-cigarettes yesterday. The FDA plans to submit a regulatory blueprint to congress that will widen its authority over the electronic devices, as well as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs.

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Complaints about vaping could lead to ban
11:14 am
Sat January 25, 2014

NFTA looks to extinguish e-cigarettes

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The NFTA is taking steps to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes on its buses and trains.

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9:07 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, are they safe?

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The use of electronic cigarettes appears to be growing - which raises the question are they safe? and should they be regulated?  WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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10:25 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Smokers turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit

An e-cigarette resembles a regular tobacco cigarette.
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As smoking bans become more widespread, some cigarette smokers have turned to so-called 'electronic cigarettes.' But health experts says it's too soon to say whether e-cigarettes are safe.

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