Users warn EU e-cigarette controls could cost lives
Supporters say electronic cigarettes are saving thousands of lives, detractors believe they could be dangerous and are making smoking seem sexy.
But following a decision in the European Parliament their availability will be restricted in the future.
MEPs voted to introduce new regulations which will control what kind of e-cigarette can be sold in member states.
The e-cigarette gives people a nicotine hit without the toxins that are present in tobacco cigarettes.
For many smokers they have been the key to them giving up as they replicate the smoking experience much better than nicotine patches, gum and sprays.
Councils set to defy government's tax freeze appeal
The government has promised a council tax freeze - but many local authorities don't appear ready to deliver it.
A number of northern councils in particular say they simply can't afford to leave bills unchanged.
Npower job cuts announcement fuels UK energy debate
Npower's announcement that it was shedding 1,400 jobs across the UK has fanned the flames of Britain's energy debate again.
Labour has been putting the boot into energy suppliers for months now for overcharging and profiteering.
Scotland independence vote prompts northern power games
Nobody in the north-east of England will have a vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum.
But be in no doubt that many in the English region closest to the border are keeping an eye on their northern neighbours.
BBC poll: Crime commissioners still lack public profile
Their reigns started with more of a whimper than a bang.
A confused and disinterested public largely stayed at home last November as the country's police and crime commissioners were elected with a turnout of around 15%.
Durham research finds loan companies "preying on poor"
Eleanor Eamens started off borrowing £100 from a doorstep lender to help with the cost of Christmas.
Soon she ended up with six separate loans, owing the lender £4,000.
Reshuffles fail to bring North East MPs to the fore
There was a time when some said the UK government was run by a "Geordie mafia".
And Tony Blair's cabinets were certainly dominated by politicians based in the North East constituencies close to his Sedgefield seat.
Could the North East be key in the new dash for gas?
When Conservative peer Lord Howell said "uninhabited, desolate" parts of the North East were ripe for fracking he seemed to have inserted foot firmly into mouth.
But might he have a point? Could the region unlock cheap energy and create jobs by exploiting shale gas under the ground?
James Wharton: The MP behind the EU referendum bill
He could be the man who starts the UK's exit from the European Union, but few nationally would have heard of James Wharton before May this year.
That was transformed when he came top of the ballot for private members' bills and announced he would be bringing forward legislation to pave the way for a referendum on our EU membership.
Should Osborne use spending review to boost the North?
We're told the chancellor will focus on investing in road and rail infrastructure in the 2013 spending review.
George Osborne is also apparently keen to generate jobs in the English regions.