ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaping would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces across Minnesota under a bill that passed the House on Thursday, a proposal that's aimed in part at reversing...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers missed the chance Tuesday to combat chronic health risks by failing to consider raising the age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes, public health...
Don’t expect to puff away at next year’s Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven.
Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television,...
Bill to restrict tobacco use to 21 fails in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in one of the largest tobacco-producing states in the country have rejected a proposal to raise the smoking age to 21.
NY man warns others to quit smoking in his obituary
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man who recently died of lung cancer has a simple message in his obituary: "If you're a smoker — quit now."
New push to raise age limit for tobacco comes to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah city is raising the age limit to buy tobacco products to 21, and a state lawmaker says the rest of the state should follow suit.
The Deseret News reports the Lehi City Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday, and shortly after Republican Rep. Steve Eliason introduced a proposal for the rest of the state.
Bill would ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds under a Democrat's bill.
Lawmakers began considering Sen. Rebecca Millett's bill at a Tuesday public hearing.
Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame
NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.
For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.
Tobacco farmer’s son endorses smoking ban in most workplaces
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The son of a tobacco farmer running for governor in Kentucky endorsed a statewide smoking ban in most workplaces on Tuesday, a sign of the evolving tobacco politics in a state once dominated by the cancer-causing cash crop.
New Mexico bills to restrict, tax e-cigarettes advance
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Measures advanced Monday in the New Mexico Legislature that would impose taxes on e-cigarettes and prohibit vaping of nicotine products in locations where traditional cigarettes already are banned.
Lung Association study: Illinois lags in cutting tobacco use
CHICAGO (AP) — A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use.
The report titled "State of Tobacco Control" gives Illinois grades in funding for smoking cessation and prevention programs, tobacco taxation and access to existing quit-smoking services.
Advocates: Massachusetts must spend more to curb smoking
BOSTON (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates are faulting political leaders in Massachusetts for not spending enough money to help curb smoking in the commonwealth.
A recent report from the American Lung Association finds Massachusetts had mixed progress on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use.
E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches.
Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping's rising popularity among teens nationwide.
US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.
Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.
But it's not all good news. Obesity-related cancer deaths are rising, and prostate cancer deaths are no longer dropping, said Rebecca Siegel, lead author of the American Cancer Society report published Tuesday.
Smoking rate in Wisconsin hits all-time low
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fewer Wisconsin adults are smoker than ever before, but the smoking rate is still higher than the national average, according to state health officials.
The state's overall smoking rate was 16 percent in 2017, a drop from 21 percent in 2011, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. But the state's rate is still above the national rate of 14 percent, Wisconsin Public Radio reported .
2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey.
There are about two dozen new laws taking effect in 2019, according to a tally kept by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.
A handful of them grabbed headlines when they passed.
Missouri and Kansas among worst smoking-prevention states
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new study finds that Missouri and Kansas are spending only a fraction of their tobacco settlement proceeds on smoking cessation efforts, despite recommendations from federal health officials.
Sheffield mayor to meet with restaurateurs about smoking ban
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of a north Alabama city is setting up a January meeting with restaurant owners who say an anti-smoking ordinance has hurt their business.
Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford was on the losing end of the 4-2 vote for the ordinance, which took effect in October.
Dutch court refuses to order criminal tobacco investigation
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Thursday refused to order public prosecutors to open a criminal investigation of tobacco companies, in a major setback for anti-smoking activists.
In a written ruling that upheld an earlier decision by prosecutors not to open an investigation, The Hague Appeals Court said that cigarettes aren't illegal because they adhere to European Union regulations, "so there is no criminal behavior" by tobacco companies.
FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes
NEW YORK (AP) — In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U.S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars and tighten rules governing the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes.
The proposed restrictions were aimed mainly at reducing smoking in kids: About half of teens who smoke cigarettes choose menthols, and flavored e-cigarettes have been blamed for a recent increase in teen vaping rates.
Tennessee provides resources to help residents quit smoking
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is providing resources to help residents who want quit smoking during the Great American Smokeout .
The annual event takes place Nov. 15, but Tennessee's resources are available year-round. They include the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine that offers free counseling and information. That line can be reached at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Research finds Nez Perce tobacco use pre-dates trappers
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nez Perce Indians grew and smoked tobacco long before white traders and settlers arrived in the Pacific Northwest, new research from Washington State University has revealed.
By testing stone pipes for nicotine residue, the researchers determined the Nez Perce were cultivating wild strains of tobacco 1,200 years ago in the warm, dry climate along the Snake River.
Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era
TOKYO (AP) — Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro and other major cigarette brands, is maneuvering to keep itself in business in a post-smoking world with an advertising blitz in puff-happy Japan and other tobacco-loving markets.
One of the biggest purveyors of tobacco products, it says making the world "smoke free" is its goal. The company is renewing its effort to win over new generations of tobacco users to its iQOS devices, which heat tobacco without burning it.
California lung cancer death rate less than national average
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California has a 28 percent lower lung cancer death rate than the rest of the country thanks to statewide policies against tobacco, a study concluded.
As far back as the 1980s the state highlighted the link between smoking and cancer and introduced the nation's first tobacco control program.
Those efforts resulted in fewer people starting smoking and more people quitting, researchers at the University of California, San Diego announced Wednesday.
Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said Wednesday.
Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of products used in the pastime known as vaping.
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Alabama anti-smoking advocates push tighter restrictions
SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates say they hope to strengthen smoking restrictions across northwest Alabama after Sheffield passed a tighter ordinance.
However, restaurant owners say the city is hurting their businesses and smokers urge a boycott of Sheffield.
Smoke lingers at bars, casinos 10 years after no-smoking law
PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a hot, hazy August afternoon, the lunch crowd at the Rosecliff Tavern in Monroeville is winding down. A sign on the door warns in bold white letters: "No one under 18 years old" is allowed to enter.
Inside — where a cigarette machine and the smell of stale smoke greet patrons — the haze turns thicker. Customers dot the U-shaped bar, a few enjoying a smoke at the end of their meals.
E-cigarettes gain popularity among teens
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tobacco cigarettes' popularity is going up in smoke as a new smoking trending gains traction among America's youth.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor, USA Today said. This liquid can also be flavored, making it more appealing and taste better than regular cigarettes.
Kentucky expands efforts to help people give up tobacco
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public health officials in Kentucky have launched another phase of their campaign to help people who want to give up tobacco.
Officials say the new public information campaign by the Department for Public Health includes broadcast, print and digital ads. It also features outreach to medical providers and community engagement initiatives aimed at boosting public awareness of the campaign.
Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain
NEW YORK (AP) — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you're still better off in the long run.
Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes, the Harvard-led study found.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State health officials say that all public housing authorities in Rhode Island have implemented smoke-free policies.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development required that all public housing authorities have a smoke-free policy in place by this past Tuesday, July 31, to protect residents, visitors and staff from secondhand smoke.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill banning smoking at the state's public beaches and parks, but local communities can opt out and set aside small smoking sections.
The Democratic governor on Friday signed a measure that was passed by the state Legislature last month. While advertised as a ban, it still leaves room for towns to permit smoking in designated areas of their beaches and parks.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless.
The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for a smoke-free Games. But ruling party lawmakers with strong ties to the tobacco and restaurant industries opted for a weakened version.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public health advocates expect more Oklahoma residents to try quitting smoking as they face the state's cigarette tax increase that began this month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low.
About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show.
There hadn't been much change the previous two years, but it's been clear there's been a general decline and the new figures show it's continuing, said K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An anti-smoking group in Vermont is urging Montpelier leaders to make the city's downtown area smoke-free.
WCAX-TV reports the Central Vermont New Directions Coalition created will present a petition to the Montpelier City Council later this month. The group is pushing for a smoke-free zone that's about half a mile long.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll released Friday finds 75 percent of New Jerseyans oppose smoking and vaping on the state's public beaches.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll comes a week after the state Legislature passed a bill to ban beach smoking.
The bill, which is now on the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, allows towns to set aside designated smoking areas of up to 15 percent of the beach.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too.
Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released Thursday. About two decades ago, it was nearly half.
Health groups push to raise smoking age to 21
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Prominent health groups including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Lung Association are pushing to raise the smoking age to 21 across New York state.
The organizations on Wednesday urged lawmakers to act on the proposal before adjourning for the year next week.
A growing number of local communities including New York City, Nassau County and Westchester County have already raised their smoking ages to 21.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lack of funding for tobacco control programs may be contributing to Indiana having the nation's 10th-highest smoking rate, according to a new study.
Westchester smoking-age legislation signed
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Westchester County is raising the age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.
Democratic County Executive George Latimer signed the legislation on Wednesday. It takes effect in 60 days.
Supporters say that when combined with public health outreach efforts and tobacco taxes, raising the smoking age can prevent many teens from becoming addicted at an early age.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma has high rates of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease despite a decrease in smoking, according to a new report.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is trying — yet again — to ban most smoking on public beaches, but it still hasn't answered a question that has snubbed out past efforts: Who would enforce the ban?
State Assembly and Senate committees on Monday advanced bills to ban smoking at public beaches, except for designated smoking areas comprising 15 percent or less of the beach. Smokers would be allowed to light up in parking lots, too. A final vote could be held later this week.
Report: Smoking, bullying down in Vermont youth
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont health officials' report says rates of tobacco use and bullying continue to decrease for teens in the state.
The Rutland Herald reports the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report released Thursday provides information on trends that affect high school and middle school students. The survey is part of a national study conducted every two years.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to prohibit smoking for those under age 21 failed in the Illinois House Tuesday after meeting opposition from lawmakers calling it a governmental overreach.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.
It's a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit.