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Close Look at E-Cigarettes
- E-cigarette sales are exploding.
It's gone from $500-million in 2012 to an estimated $1.5 Billion in 2013.
With that kind of money up for grabs, Big Tobacco has created its own brands of e-cigarettes and is spending big bucks on commercials.
Consumer Reports takes a look.
Beware of Tax Scams
- As accountants gear up for tax season, so do the crooks.
They promise faster or bigger refunds or threaten you with arrest or prosecution.
The government estimates scams will cost taxpayers 21-billion dollars this year. Here's how to avoid them.
Hazards of Hot Yoga
- Hot yoga classes are soaring in popularity.
But is exercising in extreme heat and humidity healthful?
Consumer Reports medical experts have a caution.
Trans Fat Hasn't Disappeared
- Artificial trans fat may be on the way out. The Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to essentially ban it, saying partially hydrogenated oils - the main source of trans fat - are no longer generally recognized as safe. But Consumer Reports says at this point you can still find trans fat in many products.
Slashing Monthly TV Bills
- Are you fed up paying high bills to watch TV or find you don't use all the channels you pay for?
Consumer Reports says there are ways to cut out cable or satellite and still be able to watch television.
Apps to Prevent Texting and Driving
- The latest figures show more than 400,000 people were injured in car accidents in 2012 because their phones distracted them.
More than 3,000 people died. Consumer Reports just tested new free apps designed to keep those kinds of accidents from happening.
Chemical Found in Caramel Sodas
- If you drink soda, we have some information about a possible health risk you need to know. Recent tests by Consumer Reports show some soft drinks contain a potential carcinogen - a couple with relatively high levels.
The culprit? A chemical in the coloring that makes the drinks an enticing shade of brown.
Terrific Home Exercise Equipment
- If you don't want to head to the gym everyday, consider some exercise equipment you can use at home.
The latest Consumer Reports tests helps you choose the right one.
Wiping Old Electronics Clean
- Before you recycle that old tablet our laptop make sure all the information is erased.
Here's what you need to know.
Is Pricey Paint Worth It?
- Designers showcase paint from the British company Farrow and Ball because of its luscious colors.
But Farrow and Ball costs two to three times more than other paints. Consumer Reports included it in its tests of more than 60 paints to see what you get paying top dollar.
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