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San Francisco moves closer to nation's 1st e-cigarette ban

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping. Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. They also endorsed a ban on...

$11M grant seeks to prevent cervical cancer in Appalachia

Jun. 10, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Cancer Institute has gifted 10 Appalachian health systems a total of $11 million for cervical cancer prevention programs. News outlets report the grant was announced last week in collaboration with the West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Ohio State University,...

Vermont health officials applaud smoking, e-cigarette laws

Jun. 1, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three new Vermont laws that make it harder or more expensive for young people to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes will help the state ensure fewer young people begin using the products, according to Vermont's top health official. During the just-completed session of the...

The Latest: Arizona lawmakers OK new initiative requirements

May. 25, 2019 2:17 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): 11 p.m. Legislation imposing new requirements for initiative petition circulators is headed to Gov. Doug Ducey. The measure approved late Friday requires paid circulators or those from other states to sign a notarized form...

Brazil sues tobacco companies to recover public health costs

May. 23, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tobacco giant Philip Morris said Thursday that Brazil's courts have consistently ruled that tobacco companies are not liable for smoking-related health damages after the country's attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking to recover costs to the public health system in treating such...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

May. 23, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions. Nonsmokers are rejoicing over the ban, which also applies to public parks. But...

Louisiana House snuffs out bid to raise smoking age to 21

May. 23, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The House resoundingly snuffed out the proposal from Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican, to prohibit people under 21 years old from buying tobacco, alternative nicotine or vapor products. Only 24 members backed...

Senate GOP leader would raise age for buying tobacco to 21

May. 20, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he was...

North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing

May. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said Wednesday...

Dueling smoking bills move through Arizona Legislature

May. 13, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fate of competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills that pit health advocates against industry backers could become clear this week at the Arizona Legislature. The Senate last week unanimously passed a bill championed by Republican Sen. Heather Carter of Cave Creek that would...