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Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?

Aug. 4, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke? Secondhand smoke isn’t believed to directly spread the virus, experts say, but infected smokers may blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale. Being able to smell the smoke might be a red flag that you’re standing too close to the smoker....

Vaping increases among New Mexico teenagers, survey says

Jul. 20, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Many New Mexico teenagers have stopped cigarette smoking but have taken up vaping, erasing progress anti-tobacco advocates said they achieved in getting high school students to avoid using traditional tobacco, a state analysis said. The findings were included in the New Mexico...

FILE - In this June 4, 2020 file photo, people play blackjack at the reopening of the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Some Las Vegas casinos are updating their smoking policies to limit the practice, which causes people to remove the protective face masks that they're required to wear inside. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Some Las Vegas casinos limit smoking at table games

Jul. 15, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several Las Vegas casinos are limiting smoking as a way to keep patrons from removing the protective face masks they are required to wear. Las Vegas Sands Corp. in mid-June updated its policy to ask that table game players and spectators do not smoke or vape. Sands spokesman Keith Salwoski...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, a smoker holds his cigarette outside Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City. A federal health panel wants to widen the number of Americans who get yearly scans for lung cancer, by opening the screening to less-heavy smokers. Lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Smoking is the chief cause and quitting is the best protection. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Health panel may open lung cancer screening to more smokers

Jul. 7, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

A U.S. health panel wants to widen the number of Americans offered yearly scans for lung cancer by opening the screening to less-heavy smokers. Lung cancer is the nation's top cancer killer, causing more than 135,000 deaths each year. Smoking is the chief cause and quitting the best protection. Usually, lung...

Recent Kansas editorials

Jul. 6, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

Lawrence Journal-World, July 4 Hopefully you haven’t become confused and placed your political yard sign on your face and your face mask in your yard. It seems to be an easy mistake to make these days. Come to find out, they really aren’t the same thing. Even people who like the president are...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.” She...

In this June 24, 2020 photo, Dean Loveland, a worker at the Hard Rock casino in Atlantic City N.J., installs plexiglass barriers between player positions at a card table at the casino a week before it was to reopen amid the coronavirus outbreak. Smoking, drinking and eating will all be prohibited when Atlantic City's casinos reopen after being shut for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak under rules imposed by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

No smoking, drinking or eating as Atlantic City casinos open

Jun. 30, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City tried Prohibition once before. It worked so well that Nucky Johnson, the legendary politician and racketeer, built a Boardwalk empire immortalized on HBO nearly a century later. It also tried banning smoking, too. That lasted for 20 days as smokers stayed away,...

Meghan Griffin stands at the entrance of a store offering masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., Monday, June 29, 2020. New Jersey's indoor shopping malls reopened Monday from their COVID-19 closure. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy set the date earlier this month after he shuttered many sectors of the state's economy because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NJ halts indoor dining restart, citing mask use, distancing

Jun. 29, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday postponed the resumption of indoor dining, and banned drinking and smoking at Atlantic City's casinos as they reopen this week, causing one casino to scrap plans to reopen anytime soon. Murphy said he acted because of a lack of compliance...

Georgia House seeks vaping tax, doesn't move on tobacco tax

Jun. 25, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's House voted Thursday to regulate and tax vaping products, but aren't taking the chance to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House voted 123-33 to pass Senate Bill 375, sending it back to the Senate for more debate. The bill would regulate and...