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Lawmakers in the New York state Assembly have voted to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.

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With new restrictions being proposed for the sale of e-cigarettes in New York, the vaping industry fought back Friday. Store owners, workers and others rallied in downtown Buffalo to present their side of the story.

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers are using robot smoking machines from back in the day for a new use.

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Erie County lawmakers are pushing legislation to raise the age for buying tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21.

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Erie County lawmakers are considering ways they may regulate electronic cigarettes, in order to keep them away from the hands of minors. On Thursday in downtown Buffalo, members of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony from experts and advocates who say vaping is not a safer alternative to traditional tobacco. They also explained how vaping is being marketed to young people.

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There wasn't much opposition Thursday evening to a proposed Erie County law that would further restrict smoking and vaping in vehicles and outdoor spaces.

The truth about flavored e-cigarettes focus of $19M study

Sep 24, 2018
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What role does flavor play in e-cigarettes? How does it impact our health and our behavior? Those are a couple of the questions researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Rochester Medical Center will be investigating over the next five years thanks to a $19 million federal grant.

FDA's e-cigarette crackdown hits three local retailers

Sep 13, 2018
National Public Radio

Federal officials called it a blitz — “the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history” in response to concerns that e-cigarette use has become an “epidemic” among youths.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer says the Food and Drug Administration should immediately ban e-cigarette flavors like candy and cookies that can appeal to young people in the wake of warnings that teens and children are increasingly using e-cigarettes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

Ballpark now 100% tobacco and smoke-free

May 22, 2017
Buffalo Bisons

Going to a baseball game this season? Leave your cigarettes at home.

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Smokers who switch from traditional tobacco cigarettes to electronic cigarettes may ingest the same level of nicotine, but their exposure to harmful chemicals is significantly reduced - so much so that it is like the person quit smoking. Those are the results of new research from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

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Electronic cigarettes may expose users to a potentially harmful chemical. A research team led by Dr. Maciej Goniewicz, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, found that benzaldehyde, a food flavoring, can irritate the respiratory tract.

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At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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