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State may consider banning 'e-cigarettes'

ALBANY (AP) -- New York is considering what could be the first ban in the nation on electronic cigarettes.

The plastic devices called "e-cigarettes" carry no warning labels and are heavily advertised on the Internet.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan said e-cigarettes need to be studied before sales -- including to children -- are allowed to continue.

Her concerns are the nicotine in the devices and that most are made in China and other countries where product safety isn't well regulated.

Manufacturers say the devices are safe and emit only vapor and that the products can help people quit smoking.

Public health organizations contend that e-cigarettes should be regulated like nicotine gum or patches and warn that they contain dangerous chemicals.


Man found dead after snowmobile accident

DANNEMORA (AP) -- Authorities said Monday that a Peru, N.Y., man was killed over the weekend in a snowmobile accident in northern New York.

State police said troopers and emergency crews were called to a snowmobile trail early Saturday morning in Dannemora in Clinton County, where they found Patrick T. Patinka, 49, dead in a small cluster of trees just off the trail.

Troopers said Patinka was riding with two other men.

The county coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

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