cigarettes en How Michigan is trying to keep e-cigarettes out of minors' hands <p>You may have seen someone firing one up in a restaurant – where you thought smoking was banned. Maybe a friend or relative uses them. Or maybe you have tried to kick a cigarette habit by using one: an electronic cigarette.</p><p>These are the battery-powered inhalers that are loaded with a replaceable or refillable cartridge of liquid “juice” that can contain nicotine, solvents and flavors.&nbsp; Puffing on an e-cig is called “vaping.” And there’s little doubt vaping is here to stay.</p><p>Sales of e-cigs have grown from around $500 million in 2012 to around $1.5 billion last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, there’s no regulation on e-cigs, beyond the FDA telling e-cig makers they may not market their products as a way to quit smoking.&nbsp; And there’s nothing to keep the e-cigs from being sold to minors.</p><p>That has ignited debate in Lansing.</p><p>Associated Press reporter Emma Fidel has been looking into the state’s efforts to keep e-cigs out of the hands of kids under age 18.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:45:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 16981 at How Michigan is trying to keep e-cigarettes out of minors' hands Electronic cigarettes are growing more popular with young people, and that's causing concern <p>Electronic cigarettes may be smoke-free, but they do contain nicotine, and that has <a href="">parents worried.</a></p><p></p><p><a href="">E-cigarettes</a> are battery-operated inhalers that simulate cigarettes.</p><p></p><p>Dr. Matthew Davis is director of the National Poll on Children's Health from C.S. Mott Children's hospital in Ann Arbor.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Rina Miller 15829 at Electronic cigarettes are growing more popular with young people, and that's causing concern Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention <p>Michigan ranks among the worst states for funding anti-smoking programs.<br><br>Each year, the state collects over one billion dollars in tobacco taxes and settlement money from a 1998 tobacco company lawsuit.<br><br><a href="">A new report</a> by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says Michigan only spends one tenth of one percent of that money on programs that reduce or prevent smoking.<br><br>As a result, the state has been ranked 42nd in spending money to keep kids away from cigarettes. Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:13:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10256 at Michigan ranks 42nd nationally in funding smoking prevention Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study <p><a href=";pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.2&amp;thid=139d51791d2e053a&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=;sig=AHIEtbRnSJRAGFzmyrDXIUjzMZFD24TnOg">A new study </a>suggests Michigan’s two-year-old public workplace smoking ban has had little effect on the state’s bar and restaurant industry.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:43:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 9121 at Michigan's smoking ban did not hurt restaurants and bars, according to study Taxing Cigarettes for the Arts <p></p><p>It&rsquo;s a tough time for arts funding around the nation. Kansas, as an example, just cut all its state support. It&rsquo;s a different story in the Cleveland area, though. That region has found a unique way to fund the arts, and it&rsquo;s paying off big.</p><p>It&rsquo;s made residents like Samantha Kane arts patrons of sorts. She says she smokes about two or three packs of cigarettes a week. We find her waiting at a bus stop with a stroller in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Since 2006, each cigarette she smokes contributes a penny and a half to Cuyahoga County&rsquo;s arts organizations.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I love that it goes to something instead of road work, or you know, padding congressmen&rsquo;s pockets,&rdquo; Kane says.</p></blockquote><p>This county cigarette tax really adds up. The group that administers the money is doling out $15 million this year alone. That&rsquo;s enough to catapult the Cleveland area to among the top public funders for the arts in the nation&mdash;many times more than what most states contribute.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I tell people: you don&rsquo;t have to smoke &lsquo;em, just buy them,&rdquo; says Cindy Einhouse, CEO of the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.</p></blockquote><p>It puts on shows, teaches dance and music, and provides summer camps for kids.</p><p>Einhouse says the recession hit her organization hard. The Beck Center almost closed its doors in 2009. A wave of private donations helped, but she&rsquo;s grateful for this county tax. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:10:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 3666 at Taxing Cigarettes for the Arts Michigan's smoking ban - One Year Later <p>State health officials received nearly 15 hundred complaints about businesses violating Michigan&rsquo;s public smoking ban during the first year of the ban&rsquo;s existence.&nbsp; <a href=",1607,7-132-2940_2955_2973_55026---,00.html">The smoking ban </a>took effect on May 1st, 2010.</p><p>James McCurtis is with the Department of Community Health.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He says for a lot of businesses getting a citation for violating the smoking ban has been like getting a speeding ticket from a state trooper.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 May 2011 19:29:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 2577 at Michigan's smoking ban - One Year Later