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Newly released survey data taken from Davidson County residents suggests vaping is primarily popular among young adults. And for many of those who use e-cigarettes, it’s not yet an everyday thing.

But health officials worry that will change over time.


One of Vanderbilt University’s highest-profile administrators has quietly helped defend cigarette makers against lawsuits from sickened smokers for the past 15 years, according to a WPLN investigation.

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Meharry Medical College is launching a new center to study the health effects of smoking and vaping, especially on minority communities. And the money is coming directly from the nation's largest e-cigarette company.

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Tennesseans appear to back stricter regulations on smoking, according to a poll released Tuesday by anti-smoking advocates. The statewide survey asked whether residents support raising the tobacco age and banning smoking in public places. And a sizeable and bipartisan majority said yes.

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Lawmakers in the Tennessee General Assembly worry the state would lose too much money if it raises the age to buy tobacco.

And that’s one major reason why the momentum behind the so-called "T21" legislation seems to be slowing down. / via Flickr

The Tennessee legislature is considering whether to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. It's a move that even has some support from one of the world's largest tobacco conglomerates.