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California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

Oct. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of up to $25. Newsom, a Democrat,...

Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming

Oct. 1, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking. A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting up, the 44-year-old Holland fought unsuccessfully against a ban at the post that went into effect this month. And starting...

Maryland law raising smoking age goes into effect Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new law barring teenagers in Maryland from buying tobacco products including electronic smoking devices goes into effect Tuesday. The law raises the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars and vaping products from 18 to 21 for all residents except active-duty military members....

NY could add menthol to flavor ban as vaping groups sue

Sep. 26, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials want to add menthol to the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as the vaping industry seeks to block it, according to the governor's office. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's directing his administration to take steps to include...

Australian capital legalizes recreational marijuana

Sep. 25, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's capital has become the first part of the country to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted on Wednesday to legalize possession by adults of up to 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of dried marijuana and...

Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could...