Smoking http://www.kunc.org en Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use http://www.kunc.org/post/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use It's a sunny afternoon at Kelly's Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, and Nikki Esquibel is getting stoned. But you wouldn't know it.<p>The 19-year-old, who has a medical prescription for marijuana, is "smoking" pot with a handheld vaporizer, or a vape pen. It's sleek, black, and virtually indistinguishable from a high-end e-cigarette.<p>That's the point, says Esquibel. "I use it mostly around my neighborhood. It's easy to hide." The vapor coming from the device doesn't even have much of an odor.<p>Discretion, it turns out, makes for good money. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:46:00 +0000 55547 at http://www.kunc.org Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke http://www.kunc.org/post/cigarette-restriction-bill-goes-smoke <p>A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:00:16 +0000 Bente Birkeland 54802 at http://www.kunc.org Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too http://www.kunc.org/post/teens-who-try-e-cigarettes-are-more-likely-try-tobacco-too While electronic cigarettes may be marketed as alternatives that will keep teenagers away from tobacco, a study suggests that may not be the case.<p>Trying e-cigarettes increased the odds that a teenager would also try tobacco cigarettes and become regular smokers, the study found. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Patti Neighmond 54476 at http://www.kunc.org Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely To Try Tobacco, Too Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes http://www.kunc.org/post/cities-take-lead-regulating-electronic-cigarettes Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes.<p>The City Council there <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0305-e-cigarettes-20140305,0,2449939.story#axzz2v6XkLd7s">voted unanimously </a>on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches.<p>If the mayor signs the ordinance, L.A. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 54449 at http://www.kunc.org Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids http://www.kunc.org/post/e-cigarette-critics-worry-new-ads-will-make-vaping-cool-kids Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ5W2pz1XI" target="_blank">celebrity endorsements</a> on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.<p>The latest ad for blu eCigs, for example, which ran in the <em>Sports Illustrated</em> swimsuit edition, features an itsy bitsy bikini bottom emblazoned with the company name and includes the tagline "Slim. Charged. Ready to go." You don't see the model's face. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:10:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 54404 at http://www.kunc.org E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids