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Using e-cigarettes doesn't seem to be as risky as smoking tobacco. But both activities can cause long-term lung problems, research finds — and the effect seems to be additive for people who do both. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Vaping Nicotine Linked To Increased Risk Of Chronic Lung Disease

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Even as the popularity of e-cigarettes exploded — with unknown health risks — the federal government was slow to regulate vaping companies. Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Vaping Snuck Up On Regulators

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Vanderbilt University professor John Geer sits for a video-taped deposition in 2014, defending his expert witness report which backed up the tobacco industry position that smokers knew of the health risks of smoking as early as the mid-1950s. Academics often provide testimony for the industry. Kenneth Byrd hide caption

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Some Academics Quietly Take Side Jobs Helping Tobacco Companies In Court

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This notice on a cigarette packet in Thailand shows the potential impact of reduced blood circulation to extremities because of smoking. Such pictorial warnings are among the anti-smoking measures that are more likely to be found in countries that have limited Big Tobacco's influence on their politics, according to the new Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index. Apichart Weerawong/AP hide caption

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FDA warns that smoking cigarettes causes Type 2 diabetes, which raises blood sugar, among other serious health risks. U.S. Food and Drug Administration hide caption

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Airway-irritating acetals seem to form in some types of vape juice even without heat, researchers find — likely a reaction between the alcohol and aldehydes in the liquid. Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Netflix said future shows aimed at its younger audiences will not depict smoking or e-cigarette use unless it is "essential." The streaming content giant also says information about smoking will be included as part of its ratings. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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The disclosure of millions of once-secret tobacco industry documents — which are now readily searchable online — has opened a window into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interactions with tobacco executives and lobbyists. Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR hide caption

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Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

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Dramatic decreases in deaths from lung cancer among African-Americans were particularly notable, according to the American Cancer Society. Siri Stafford/Getty Images hide caption

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A British study found that people who used e-cigarettes to quit smoking were more successful than those who tried nicotine patches and gum. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Study Found Vaping Beat Traditional Smoking-Cessation Options

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"There's a certain notion that e-cigarettes are harmless," says Dr. Paul Ndunda, an assistant professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas in Wichita. "But ... while they're less harmful than normal cigarettes, their use still comes with risks." RyanJLane/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he wants to ban menthol cigarettes because teenagers often become addicted to nicotine by smoking them. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Seeks Ban On Menthol Cigarettes To Fight Teen Smoking

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Nicotine, heavy metals and tiny particles that can harm the lungs have been found in e-cigarette aerosol, according to the surgeon general. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists are finding that, just as with secondhand smoke from tobacco, inhaling secondhand smoke from marijuana can make it harder for arteries to expand to allow a healthy flow of blood. Maren Caruso/Getty Images hide caption

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Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

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Vapor from e-cigarettes contains toxins, although fewer than conventional cigarettes. mauro_grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

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The state of New York is putting e-cigarettes into the same category as regular tobacco cigarettes, under new restrictions signed into law this week. Here, a man uses a vape device in London last summer, next to a No Smoking sign. Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Because a high pH level makes cigars fairly alkaline, consuming tart candies like Skittles or Starbursts can help neutralize the palate. Kristen Hartke for NPR hide caption

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For three years recreational pot has been legal in Colorado, but using it in public is still against the law. That will change this summer when pot cafes are slated to open. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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As Colorado Gets Ready To Allow Pot Clubs, Indoor Smoking Still An Issue

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