BOSTON (AP) — One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored...
Ohio raising age to buy tobacco products to 21
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is raising the minimum age to buy tobacco and related products from 18 to 21.
Gov. Mike DeWine said tobacco use by young people is a crisis in Ohio and the nation...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two state agencies are taking steps to make it easier and cheaper for Indiana residents to quit smoking.
The policy changes were announced Monday by the State Department...
New York raises statewide smoking age to 21
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state's governor.
The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will...
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants and bars — and potentially one of the world's busiest airports.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute has gifted 10 Appalachian health systems a total of $11 million for cervical cancer prevention programs.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three new Vermont laws that make it harder or more expensive for young people to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes will help the state ensure fewer young people...
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tobacco giant Philip Morris said Thursday that Brazil's courts have consistently ruled that tobacco companies are not liable for smoking-related health damages after the...
SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer.
Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21.
The House resoundingly snuffed out the proposal from Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican, to...
PHOENIX (AP) — The fate of competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills that pit health advocates against industry backers could become clear this week at the Arizona Legislature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old...
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A fiery debate is breaking out across Beverly Hills as people at tony hair salons, gas stations and stores weigh in on whether the city of the rich and famous should...
WASHINGTON (AP) — She tried gums, patches and various electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. What finally worked for Chantel Williams was a small, reusable e-cigarette called Juul that packs a big...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's legal smoking age would rise to 21 if lawmakers agree to a measure backed by the House health committee Wednesday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The minimum age for Floridians to possess tobacco and vaping products that deliver nicotine would rise from 18 to 21 under legislation a state House committee readied...
Brown floats $2 tobacco tax increase to fund Medicaid
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to pay down the state's Medicaid shortfall through a $2 tax increase on tobacco products, plus an additional tax on e-cigarettes and other vaping...
Correction: Marijuana and Smoking story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story April 7 about marijuana and tobacco, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a portion of a comment from the New York City Health Department. The official who said...
Lawmakers urged to raise age to buy cigarettes to 21
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cancer survivors, medical professional, local youth and their families plan to press Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation this session that increases the minimum age to...
Washington state raises smoking age to 21
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Friday became the ninth state to raise its smoking age, following a national trend that has seen at least half a dozen Legislatures approve similar proposals in...
NY state poised to raise smoking age from 18 to 21
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have passed a bill to make one of the country's most underfunded pension plans even worse, arguing it's the best of a series of bad options needed to...
Washington Legislature votes to raise smoking age to 21
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a...
Ohio governor proposes raising age to buy tobacco
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 as part of his two-year state budget.
Indiana offering free anti-smoking medication
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Tobacco Quitline is offering tobacco users free medication to help them quit.
The state health department says nicotine replacement therapy will be available...
LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that raises the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 and increases some cigarette taxes for a cancer center.
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.