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FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

Nov. 15, 2018 6:19 PM EST

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...

Voters reject Medicaid expansion, mine cleanup measures

Nov. 7, 2018 8:13 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana voters rejected a ballot measure that sought to extend the state's Medicaid program by raising the tobacco tax and another that would have added strict cleanup requirements to new mines. Both ballot measures were the targets of multimillion-dollar campaigns that filled the...

The Latest: Tobacco tax hike for Medicaid expansion rejected

Nov. 7, 2018 7:29 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the election results of Montana's ballot issues (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Montana voters have rejected a ballot measure that sought to extend the state's Medicaid program and pay for it in part by raising the tobacco tax. The result from Tuesday's election means the...

Montana Senate race tight with some votes still uncounted

Nov. 7, 2018 10:29 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale are locked in a Montana U.S. Senate race that was too close to call Tuesday night with votes still being counted, following a campaign dominated by President Donald Trump's personal push to vanquish Tester. He is seeking a...

Electrical company pushes South Dakota tobacco tax hike

Nov. 1, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A Mitchell-based electrical contracting company is leading a drive to lower the cost of attending South Dakota technical schools though a tobacco tax increase, donating more than $80,000 to the ballot measure. Muth Electric and other supporters of Initiated Measure 25 are facing off...

Tobacco industry gives $6.5M to oppose South Dakota tax hike

Oct. 23, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The tobacco industry contributed roughly $6.5 million to oppose a ballot question that would increase South Dakota tobacco taxes to make state technical schools more affordable, according to state campaign finance reports. The campaign filings show the lobbying arms of the...

Tobacco company spends $5M more to fight Montana initiative

Oct. 23, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A tobacco company spent $5 million in less than 20 days to defeat a Montana ballot initiative to raise the state's tobacco tax, countered by $2.7 million raised by initiative supporters in the final weeks before the election, according to new campaign finance reports. The fight over...

Industry groups spending millions fighting Montana measures

Oct. 3, 2018 5:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen's initiatives to raise the state's tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures' supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month before Election Day, according to campaign finance reports....