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Navy bans vaping on ships after explosions, burns

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is banning vaping on ships after at least a dozen reports of explosions and injuries. Naval commanders said in a statement Friday that the temporary electronic cigarette policy aims to protect sailors and the fleet. It starts next month. Officials cited overheated batteries …

With mixed progress, nations review war vs. tobacco industry

NEW DELHI (AP) — In Nepal, health warnings cover 90 percent of cigarette packs, while Australia requires those packets be wrapped in drab, plain paper. Indonesia’s new ban on outdoor advertising brought down tobacco billboards depicting smiling, smoking youths. And India wants scary photos of rotting lungs and mouth tumors …

New Zealand plans to remove logos from cigarette packs

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is moving ahead with plans to make tobacco companies remove their logos from cigarette packs and enhance graphic health warnings. Under draft regulations released Tuesday, cigarettes would be required to be sold in packs with plain background colors and with gruesome-looking images covering …

Study: Smokers may tap into multiple sources for nicotine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It’s a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes. “Are e-cigarettes a step toward a …

UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency recommended Tuesday that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. In a report to its 194 member nations, the World Health Organization also called for a ban on sales to …

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May. Both groups express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, …

Big tobacco ignores Indonesia health warning law

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tobacco companies on Tuesday largely ignored an Indonesian deadline to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that’s home to the world’s highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising. Despite having a …

Users bemoan e-cigarette bans in NYC, Chicago

NEW YORK (AP) — Laws in New York and Chicago making electronic cigarettes subject to the same regulations as tobacco are taking effect, and their sellers and users are steadfast in their opposition. The New York ban — along with the measure in Chicago, one that previously went into effect …