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New push to raise age limit for tobacco comes to Utah

Feb. 14, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah city is raising the age limit to buy tobacco products to 21, and a state lawmaker says the rest of the state should follow suit. The Deseret News reports the Lehi City Council unanimously approved the change Tuesday, and shortly after Republican Rep. Steve Eliason introduced a...

Bill would ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds

Feb. 12, 2019 3:27 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could ban electronic cigarettes on school grounds under a Democrat's bill. Lawmakers began considering Sen. Rebecca Millett's bill at a Tuesday public hearing. No one testified in opposition to the bill, which comes as cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids...

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Feb. 11, 2019 3:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible. For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened,...

Idaho gets 'F' on American Lung Association's tobacco report

Feb. 9, 2019 3:05 AM EST

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho received an overall grade of "F'' in a new tobacco control report from the American Lung Association. The 2019 "State of Tobacco Control" outlines three recommendations for Idaho: increase funding for tobacco prevention and control work, raise the legal age for the sale of...

Tobacco farmer's son endorses smoking ban in most workplaces

Feb. 5, 2019 7:25 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The son of a tobacco farmer running for governor in Kentucky endorsed a statewide smoking ban in most workplaces on Tuesday, a sign of the evolving tobacco politics in a state once dominated by the cancer-causing cash crop. Adam Edelen grew up on a tobacco farm in Meade County and...

New Mexico bills to restrict, tax e-cigarettes advance

Feb. 4, 2019 3:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Measures advanced Monday in the New Mexico Legislature that would impose taxes on e-cigarettes and prohibit vaping of nicotine products in locations where traditional cigarettes already are banned. A House panel on health policy endorsed legislation from Democratic state Reps. Andrea...

Lung Association study: Illinois lags in cutting tobacco use

Feb. 4, 2019 6:06 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study by the American Lung Association says Illinois is not doing enough to reduce tobacco use. The report titled "State of Tobacco Control" gives Illinois grades in funding for smoking cessation and prevention programs, tobacco taxation and access to existing quit-smoking services....

Advocates: Massachusetts must spend more to curb smoking

Feb. 2, 2019 12:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates are faulting political leaders in Massachusetts for not spending enough money to help curb smoking in the commonwealth. A recent report from the American Lung Association finds Massachusetts had mixed progress on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use. The group...

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study

Jan. 30, 2019 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what...

Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally

Jan. 19, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping's rising popularity among teens nationwide. The Idaho Press reports according to the 2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Idaho Department of...