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Anchorage to vote on retail marijuana shop on-site smoking

Oct. 15, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will let voters decide whether the city should allow on-site smoking in retail marijuana shops, officials said. The assembly voted 7-4 last week to put the question on the April 7 city election ballot, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. Voters would...

California to ban smoking on state parks, beaches

Oct. 12, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at parks and beaches. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of up to $25. Newsom, a Democrat,...

California governor signs law to ban smoking at state parks and beaches

Oct. 12, 2019 1:10 AM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor signs law to ban smoking at state parks and beaches.

Smoking ban at VA facilities has some veterans fuming

Oct. 1, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Serving up drinks at the American Legion post in Concord, Jeff Holland gets a little testy when the talk turns to smoking. A Marine veteran who enjoys lighting up, the 44-year-old Holland fought unsuccessfully against a ban at the post that went into effect this month. And starting...

Sales tax changes, safe gun storage rules among new laws

Sep. 30, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sales tax changes, new safe gun storage rules, and a new minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products are among a host of new laws set to take effect in Connecticut. Tuesday will also mark when the first of several planned increases to Connecticut's minimum wage, which is...

Maryland law raising smoking age goes into effect Tuesday

Sep. 30, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A new law barring teenagers in Maryland from buying tobacco products including electronic smoking devices goes into effect Tuesday. The law raises the age to purchase cigarettes, cigars and vaping products from 18 to 21 for all residents except active-duty military members....

Wyoming Veterans Affairs hospital set to ban smoking

Sep. 29, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say a federal Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Wyoming is set to ban smoking on its property. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reports the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center is scheduled to ban smoking beginning Tuesday. The facility's associate director says the...

NY could add menthol to flavor ban as vaping groups sue

Sep. 26, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials want to add menthol to the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as the vaping industry seeks to block it, according to the governor's office. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's directing his administration to take steps to include...

Australian capital legalizes recreational marijuana

Sep. 25, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's capital has become the first part of the country to legalize recreational marijuana for personal use. The Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly voted on Wednesday to legalize possession by adults of up to 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of dried marijuana and...

Goodyear raises minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21 years

Sep. 24, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix suburb has become the first in the region to raise the minimum purchasing age for vaping products from 18 to 21 years. Goodyear City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass an ordinance against the sales of electronic cigarettes, tobacco and related devices and products. Officials...