e-cigarette http://iowapublicradio.org en E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e-cigarettes-liheap-lake-darling-and-more <p>In a News Buzz edition of River to River, Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Clay Masters about debate over a plan to ban the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine to minors.&nbsp;</p><p>We hear from Cedar Rapids Democratic Senator Liz Mathis about the need for emergency funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.&nbsp; She says one family found it less costly to spend a week in a hotel, rather than heat their home using propane.&nbsp;</p><p>We get local reaction to a new study on the effectiveness of mammograms.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:17:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36296 at http://iowapublicradio.org E-Cigarettes, LIHEAP, Lake Darling and More E-Cigarettes: Regulating a Changing Smoking Culture http://iowapublicradio.org/post/e-cigarettes-regulating-changing-smoking-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Iowa House voted to ban the sale of so-called e-cigarettes to minors this week. Electronic cigarettes heat liquid and nicotine into a smokeless vapor. Republicans, who control the House, blocked debate on a Democratic amendment that would have also kept similar e-cigarettes out of kids’ hands, even if they do not contain nicotine. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters talks to the sponsor, Rep. Tyler Olson (D - Cedar Rapids) of the amendment and takes a trip to an e-cigarette shop in northwest Des Moines.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:11:31 +0000 Clay Masters 36214 at http://iowapublicradio.org E-Cigarettes: Regulating a Changing Smoking Culture Iowa Smoking Rate Declines, but E-Cigarettes Worry Health Officials http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-smoking-rate-declines-e-cigarettes-worry-health-officials <p>In the 50 years since the U.S. government released its first report on the hazards of cigarettes, smoking rates have dropped by half. Yet, about a fifth of Iowans smoke today.</p><p>And while the smoking rate of young adults continues to decrease, about 2,600 Iowa minors become new daily smokers each year.</p><p>“Most people who use tobacco products start at a very early age,” said Dr. Karl Thomas, Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:40:29 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 34968 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Smoking Rate Declines, but E-Cigarettes Worry Health Officials