Latest Tobacco industry regulation News

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana

Sep. 17, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana....

Calling teen vaping 'epidemic,' officials weigh flavor ban

Sep. 12, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market. The warning from the Food and Drug Administration on...

Montana regulator says tobacco companies filed reports late

Sep. 10, 2018 7:32 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's campaign regulator says two tobacco companies opposing a ballot initiative registered late and failed to report a campaign expense. Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan wrote in a decision last week that Altria Client Services and RAI Services Company registered as...

Ravalli County ends ban on vaping devices, e-cigarettes

Aug. 31, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Ravalli County officials have decided to remove a ban on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in indoor public places after it received conflicting data on the pros and cons of the health impacts of vaping. The Ravalli Republic reports Ravalli County Commissioner Jeff Burrows...

University of Missouri bans all tobacco products from campus

Aug. 28, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is banning the use of all tobacco products on the Columbia campus, effective immediately. Cigarettes and electronic nicotine devices have been prohibited on campus since 2013. The policy announced Tuesday expands that to include any tobacco-based product,...

Legislation barring tobacco sales to those under 21 vetoed

Aug. 25, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that bars tobacco sales to those under age 21. In a Friday statement, Rauner said raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 would "push residents to buy tobacco products from non-licensed vendors or in neighboring states."...

UK lawmakers urge government to relax rules on e-cigarettes

Aug. 17, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A committee of British lawmakers is urging the government to loosen restrictions on e-cigarettes as a way of cutting the smoking rate. Parliament's Science and technology Committee said Friday that e-cigarettes, or vapes, should be available on prescription and should not automatically be...

Appeals court rules cigarette company must pay federal taxes

Aug. 15, 2018 1:21 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a cigarette manufacturer on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation is on the hook for $58 million in unpaid federal taxes. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the court opinion filed Monday rejects arguments by King Mountain Tobacco,...

Supreme Court nominee takes hard line on federal regulations

Aug. 8, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worries about federal agencies running amok. He has argued that judges have given federal agencies leeway to push policies that go well beyond what Congress allowed. That view has endeared him to conservatives, who believe unelected bureaucrats are...

Gov. Baker signs bill raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

Jul. 27, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill making Massachusetts the latest U.S. state to require people be at least 21 before they can buy cigarettes, tobacco or vaping products. Massachusetts joins California, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon with similar bans. The Massachusetts law takes...