City of Austin charging employees who smoke more for health insurance

  By Andra Lim - American-Statesman Staff City of Austin employees who smoke are now paying extra for health insurance after the city quietly instituted a new policy meant in part to encourage those workers to kick the habit. Employees who admitted using any of a range of products — cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipes, snus (a smokeless tobacco), hookahs and electronic cigarettes — began paying a surcharge of $12.50 per two-week pay period at the...
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TEVA opposes SB 97 in current form

The Texas E-Cigarette and Vaping Association (TEVA) is the united voice of the vaping industry and its various technologies. TEVA advocates on behalf of manufacturers, distributors, retailers and individuals while also providing fair, accurate, and research-based information to the public. TEVA endeavors to ensure that all vapor products in Texas are manufactured, distributed and consumed in a manner that respects the health and safety interests of the state. While we wholeheartedly agree that vapor products...
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SB 1618 by Senator Estes

In recent years, we have seen a significant rise in the use of e-cigarettes or other “vaping” devices that are a non-tobacco means of delivering nicotine to the user.  There are currently 45 million smokers in the U.S. Statistics indicate that 31% of people who tried e-cigarettes quit smoking within 6 months. In 2014, e-cigarette sales exceeded $2.4 billion and continue to rise. The conversion of smokers to non-tobacco nicotine products is expected to yield...
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Interview with Dr. Michael Siegel, author of Wall Street Journal piece “The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes”

Listen to an exclusive TEVA interview with Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health by TEVA Executive Director Andrew Westerkom about his recent opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Misbegotten Crusade Against E-Cigarettes"  Dr. Siegel has conducted tobacco research for 25 years and has been an advocate for anti-smoking policies.

During this conversation Dr. Siegel asserts that the FDA, CDC & California Dept. of Public Health have lied to the public about the health implications of e-cigarettes and calls upon them to, either defend their statements, or publicly recant them. Also, according to Dr. Siegel the lobbying efforts of the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association "may be doing harm to the public health."