A variety of e-cigarette mods are sold at Vape Joe in Largo, ranging from $25-$600. E-cigarettes are a $1.5 billion industry that market analysts expect to overtake cigarettes in a generation.LARA CERRI | Times

FDA proposes broad rules for e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes, including a ban on sales to anyone under 18, in the first step toward oversight of a fast-growing industry untouched for years by federal rules. E-cigarette makers would be required to seek FDA approval, list t …


  1. Vermont ups the ante on genetically modified foods


    MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requiring that they be labeled as such in the grocery aisle, making the move despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry.

  2. 'Trauma drama' bill could get bogged down in waning days of session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A plan to shield three disputed trauma centers from legal action — while also placing limits on trauma center access fees — faces an uncertain future as the legislative session winds down.

  3. Hernando County blood donation sites for April 27-May 3


    LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations this week.

  4. Legislation to make killing fetuses a crime in Florida awaits Gov. Rick Scott's signature


    TALLAHASSEE — Harming a fetus while committing a crime, no matter how small the embryo, would carry stiffer penalties under a proposed law now awaiting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's signature.

    The bill’s modeled after a federal law used against John Andrew Welden, who tricked Remee Lee into taking an abortion drug.
  5. Florida House votes to regulate e-cigarette sales


    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would make electronic cigarettes off limits to young people won unanimous support on Wednesday in the Florida House.

    Dominic Crupi, 24, of Clearwater smokes an e-cigarette at Vape Joe in Largo earlier this year. Crupi has been vaping for two years, and is venturing to get into the industry.
  6. Safety-net hospitals win delay on costly funding law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Safety-net hospitals will get a one-year reprieve from a controversial funding formula that they said would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

  7. Florida lawmakers pass bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits


    TALLAHASSEE — Investors in nursing homes in Florida would be shielded from lawsuits when residents are abused or neglected under broad new provisions authorized in a bill the Florida House sent to the governor on Wednesday.

  8. Bionic eye allows blind Michigan man to see


    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

  9. An older guy gives Max Q a try


    TAMPA — I'm not much of a workout guy. I have a couple of 5-pound weights that I lift every few months in momentary bursts of ambition, but mostly I just take brisk morning walks around the neighborhood, an exercise doctors prescribe for older guys to postpone the heart attack.

  10. Max Q Fitness gets you a lean, muscular body in short order



    Bob Kissel runs a torture chamber on S MacDill Avenue, and scores of time-pressed professionals undergo his special treatment for a grueling 15 minutes twice a week.

    Bob Kissel works with Penny Darville during a 15-minute session at Max Q Fitness in Tampa. Darville, 38, says she can keep her work clothes on during the workout, in which every rep feels like that last, exhausting one. She also adheres to the protein-based diet and has lost 20 pounds of fat.