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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...

Tennessee provides resources to help residents quit smoking

Nov. 8, 2018 4:06 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is providing resources to help residents who want quit smoking during the Great American Smokeout . The annual event takes place Nov. 15, but Tennessee's resources are available year-round. They include the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine that offers free counseling and...

Research finds Nez Perce tobacco use pre-dates trappers

Nov. 3, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nez Perce Indians grew and smoked tobacco long before white traders and settlers arrived in the Pacific Northwest, new research from Washington State University has revealed. By testing stone pipes for nicotine residue, the researchers determined the Nez Perce were cultivating wild...

California Editorial Rdp

Oct. 25, 2018 9:30 AM EDT

Oct. 24 Los Angeles Times on California's cruel rule barring 2,400 vets from accessing aid in dying: Not long after California enacted a law allowing terminally ill people to obtain life-ending prescriptions, the state Department of Veterans Affairs (known as CalVet) adopted an emergency regulation making it...

Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era

Oct. 23, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro and other major cigarette brands, is maneuvering to keep itself in business in a post-smoking world with an advertising blitz in puff-happy Japan and other tobacco-loving markets. One of the biggest purveyors of tobacco products, it says making the world "smoke...

California lung cancer death rate less than national average

Oct. 12, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California has a 28 percent lower lung cancer death rate than the rest of the country thanks to statewide policies against tobacco, a study concluded. As far back as the 1980s the state highlighted the link between smoking and cancer and introduced the nation's first tobacco control...

Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

Oct. 10, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said Wednesday. Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import,...

Alabama anti-smoking advocates push tighter restrictions

Oct. 7, 2018 2:26 PM EDT

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates say they hope to strengthen smoking restrictions across northwest Alabama after Sheffield passed a tighter ordinance. However, restaurant owners say the city is hurting their businesses and smokers urge a boycott of Sheffield. The city ordinance banning smoking...

E-cigarettes gain popularity among teens

Sep. 29, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tobacco cigarettes' popularity is going up in smoke as a new smoking trending gains traction among America's youth. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor, USA Today said. This...

Smoke lingers at bars, casinos 10 years after no-smoking law

Sep. 29, 2018 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a hot, hazy August afternoon, the lunch crowd at the Rosecliff Tavern in Monroeville is winding down. A sign on the door warns in bold white letters: "No one under 18 years old" is allowed to enter. Inside — where a cigarette machine and the smell of stale smoke greet patrons...