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Nevada casino workers talk of snuffing out second-hand smoke

Dec. 1, 2019 11:21 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Teresa Price was 22 when became a table-games dealer in 1978 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, cigarette and cigar smoking was allowed nearly everywhere — offices, restaurants, grocery stores, airplanes, even hospitals. Casinos were no exception. Today, nearly all workplaces in...

The Latest: Vaping industry slams ban on flavored products

Nov. 27, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Massachusetts becoming the first state to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes (all times local): 5:15p.m. The vaping industry is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products as the wrong approach...

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors

Nov. 27, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...

Top Kenya court dismisses British American Tobacco challenge

Nov. 26, 2019 5:06 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a British American Tobacco challenge to regulations that charge the tobacco industry a fee to help compensate people affected by smoking. The regulations conform to the constitution and its goal of protecting the lives of Kenyans, the...

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...

Arizona lawmaker proposes tobacco, vaping legislation

Nov. 19, 2019 6:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Another fight over tobacco and vaping laws is headed for the Arizona Capitol next year after a Republican lawmaker said Tuesday she’ll try again to convince lawmakers to make it harder for teenagers to get their hands on cigarettes and vaping products. Lawmakers this year debated...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

Nov. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes. By the time Trump landed back at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington a few hours later,...

Vape shops owner plans to fight adding vaping to smoking ban

Nov. 15, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County are taking steps toward adding vaping to the local ban in indoor smoking, prompting a vow from a woman who owns three Lincoln vape product shops that she’ll fight any such effort. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health on Tuesday...

Editorials from around New York

Nov. 13, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: The Tax Increases to Come Wall Street Journal Nov. 12 The Democratic candidates for President are promising a smorgasbord of new taxes, but why wait until 2021? Last week Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and Virginia Congressman Don...

Grant funds smoking cessation treatment for pregnant women

Nov. 9, 2019 8:44 AM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Pregnant women who are trying to quit smoking are getting more help at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health thanks to a $20,000 grant from the March of Dimes and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center say about 10 percent of their...