Latest Tobacco industry regulation News

New York tries to keep alive flavored e-cigarette ban

Dec. 12, 2019 3:44 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court, but a state council voted Thursday to keep it alive in case the judge rules in the state's favor. The state's Public Health and Health Planning Council voted Thursday to keep the emergency ban on the books for another 90...

Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda

Dec. 12, 2019 2:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Dr. Stephen Hahn to lead the Food and Drug Administration despite concerns about how he will confront the growing problem of underage vaping. Hahn, a cancer specialist and hospital executive, won confirmation to the role of FDA commissioner with a vote of...

Massachusetts officials rescind ban on vaping product sales

Dec. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Retailers in Massachusetts will once again be allowed to sell unflavored vaping products after state officials on Wednesday ended an emergency ban on their sale and approved new restrictions on flavored vaping products. The state’s Public Health Council on Wednesday voted to rescind a...

Kansas board urges schools to ban vaping, even for visitors

Dec. 10, 2019 5:31 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education is encouraging the state's local public school districts to prohibit vaping and to include staff and any visitors at school activities in the ban along with students. The Kansas City Star reports that the board unanimously approved a policy Tuesday...

Court: Communities can't raise tobacco sales age to 21

Dec. 4, 2019 10:22 AM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court has struck down a Genesee County ban on tobacco sales and related products to people under 21. The county can't adopt a regulation that is stricter than state law, which allows tobacco sales to anyone who is at least 18, the appeals court said Tuesday. In a...

Nevada casino workers talk of snuffing out second-hand smoke

Dec. 1, 2019 11:21 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Teresa Price was 22 when became a table-games dealer in 1978 on the Las Vegas Strip. At that time, cigarette and cigar smoking was allowed nearly everywhere — offices, restaurants, grocery stores, airplanes, even hospitals. Casinos were no exception. Today, nearly all workplaces in...

Fairbanks City Council to introduce proposed vaping tax

Nov. 30, 2019 4:14 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — City officials in Alaska have introduced an ordinance to tax tobacco vaping products the same 8% tax as other tobacco products in Fairbanks. The proposed legislation would expand the current definition of tobacco products in city code to include vaping products such as vape pens...

Northwest Indiana town bans public vaping along with smoking

Nov. 29, 2019 11:40 AM EST

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana town has banned all tobacco and vaping products from public spaces and facilities in what a backer hails as one of the most comprehensive in the state. The Munster council this month approved then ordinance that bans the smoking of all tobacco products including...

The Latest: Vaping industry slams ban on flavored products

Nov. 27, 2019 5:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Massachusetts becoming the first state to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes (all times local): 5:15p.m. The vaping industry is criticizing Massachusetts’ new statewide ban on flavored tobacco and vaping products as the wrong approach...

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors

Nov. 27, 2019 5:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavored tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses...