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New Mexico may ratchet up tobacco oversight

Jan. 24, 2020 12:22 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are considering a full ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products along with more robust oversight of retail sales to discourage use by minors and young adults. Backed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, one initiative would raise the age limit...

Indiana lawmakers backing tougher tobacco sales penalties

Jan. 23, 2020 4:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tougher penalties for Indiana stores caught selling smoking or vaping products to anyone younger than 21 are on their way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 38-9 Thursday in favor of a proposal that would triple possible retailer fines to between $600 and $3,000 based on number...

Second West Virginia county approves indoor vaping ban

Jan. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A second West Virginia county has voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces. The Cabell-Huntington Health Department Board of Health unanimously adopted the regulation Wednesday. It bans the devices in public spaces such as restaurants and even vape shops,...

Lawmakers consider severe restrictions on vaping products

Jan. 22, 2020 7:55 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Middle and high-school students joined administrators, parents and doctors Wednesday in urging a state Senate committee to pass severe restrictions on nicotine vaping products, decrying how some of their peers leave class to vape in the bathroom or even use the products during class...

University at Albany becomes smoke, vape-free campus

Jan. 21, 2020 10:20 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Albany is joining a number of college campuses across the country in becoming tobacco free Wednesday. The university announced it will begin prohibiting the use of any smoking and vaping products on campus starting Wednesday. University President Havidán...

Florida lawmakers weigh raising age for smoking, vaping

Jan. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Raising alarm over the boom in e-cigarettes among young people, Florida lawmakers Tuesday moved to raise the age limit on tobacco products from 18 to 21. At least 18 other states now have laws setting the minimum age for vaping at 21, and efforts are underway in the remaining...

Indiana House backs tougher rules for tobacco retailers

Jan. 21, 2020 4:58 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stores across Indiana would face tougher penalties for selling tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 under a bill endorsed Tuesday by the Indiana House. The additional penalties are part of a bill increasing Indiana’s minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21 to...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Matthew Elliot, center, and other supporters of flavored vaping products protest at the state house in Trenton, N.J. New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has signed legislation on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, prohibiting the sale of flavored vaping products. Murphy signed the measure that moved to his desk amid a nationwide scare last year over mysterious illnesses linked to vaping. The ban will take effect in April. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Jersey law bans sale of flavored vaping products

Jan. 21, 2020 1:50 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The sale of flavored vaping products is banned in New Jersey under legislation Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. Murphy signed the measure that moved to his desk amid a nationwide scare last year over mysterious illnesses linked to vaping. The ban will take effect in April. ...

City considers its own 21-and-over tobacco purchasing law

Jan. 21, 2020 11:51 AM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Lebanon, New Hampshire, will consider raising the minimum purchasing age for tobacco to 21 under a new ordinance, despite a recent federal law that mandates the same. Like the new federal tobacco law that took effect Jan. 1, the proposal would also require those purchasing tobacco...

West Virginia county bans indoor use of e-cigarettes, vapes

Jan. 17, 2020 1:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A health board in West Virginia's largest county voted Thursday to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces, news outlets reported. The Kanawha County Board of Health unanimously passed the ordinance that will bring e-cigarettes and vapes in line with existing...