Tobacco industry regulation
SAN DIEGO (AP) — R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a request Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency order to stop California from enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly approved by voters earlier this month.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A judge in Oregon’s Washington County has ruled against the county’s 2021 ban on flavored tobacco products, meaning adults over 21 can still buy them.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Multnomah County health officials in Portland, Oregon, are drafting a proposal that would ban the sale of flavored nicotine products.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City and four states that had filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service announced a settlement Monday in which the agency agreed it would destroy packages of cigarettes sent illegally to the United States from other countries.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration is asking for a review of the agency’s food and tobacco programs.
The Food and Drug Administration and Juul have agreed to put their court fight on hold while the government reopens its review of the company’s electronic cigarettes
The Food and Drug Administration has issued an administrative stay on the order it issued last month for vaping company Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014.
The European Union’s executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of flavored heated tobacco products as part of its plan to fight cancer.
A federal court has put a temporary hold on the government’s order for Juul to stop selling its electronic cigarettes.

Gas prices sting US workers who depend on their cars

DETROIT (AP) — Millions of Americans who rely on their cars for work are changing their habits, signing up for carpools or even ditching their cars for bicycles as gas prices recently hit $5 per gallon for the first time ever.
U.S. health regulators have ordered vaping company Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has signed a decree outlawing the sale of e-cigarettes, continuing the government’s anti-vaping policy.
The U.S. government has released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes.
The Food and Drug Administration says it will begin cracking down on e-cigarettes that have used synthetic nicotine to skirt oversight.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Kansas House on Wednesday approved a bill that would increase the age to purchase or possess cigarettes and tobacco products from 18 to 21.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would bring the state into compliance with federal law and raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.
The Senate has narrowly confirmed President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration, filling a position that had been open for more than a year.
A former European Union health commissioner has pleaded innocent in a Maltese courtroom to charges of bribery and influence trading bribery charges.
President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration has stalled in the narrowly divided Senate.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

The Portland City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which takes effect on June 1.
Keri Hulme, the New Zealander whose 1984 debut novel The Bone People won the Man Booker Prize, has died. She was 74.
President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration parried questions on crises ranging from the COVID pandemic to the opioid epidemic at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Arizona $14.5 million and won’t market to young people in the state to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Arizona attorney general’s office.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Eight online sellers of electronic cigarettes will pay a total of more than $145,700 in civil penalties to Vermont in settlements for violations of the state’s delivery sales ban and its Consumer Protection Act, Vermont Attorney General T.J.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced Tuesday that he is suing the founders of an e-cigarette maker over his concerns that their product is being marketed to children through kid-friendly flavors and poor age verification.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s second most populous county has passed the state’s first ban on flavored tobacco products.
Top executives of ExxonMobil and other oil giants have denied spreading disinformation about climate change while sparring with congressional Democrats over allegations that the industry concealed evidence about the dangers of global warming.
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — City officials in Moorhead have raised the legal age to buy tobacco products and banned all flavored tobacco products from stores.