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Arizona wins $22.5 million judgment against NJ vaping firm

Aug. 7, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the judgment against Eonsmoke on Friday. The...

Fire marshal: 698 Louisiana businesses violated virus rules

Aug. 3, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Nearly 700 restaurants, bars and businesses in Louisiana were found in violation of the governor’s coronavirus restrictions in July, according to records from the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The businesses failed inspections for violations such as lack of face...

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows IQOS heated cigarette heatsticks  displayed in an IQOS store in Richmond, Va.  Altria said Tuesday, July 28, 2020, that cigarette sales continue to decline as it pushes to expand sales of an alternative heated-tobacco product. The tobacco giant's second-quarter profit fell slightly but still beat Wall Street expectations when adjusted for one-time expenses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Altria expands sales of heated-cigarette as revenue slides

Jul. 28, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marlboro-maker Altria said Tuesday that cigarette sales continued to decline in its last quarter as the company pushed to expand sales of an alternative heated-tobacco product. The Richmond, Virginia-based company reported second-quarter profit of $1.94 billion, or $1.04 per share, down...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. U.S. health officials are cracking down on the brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never had permission to launch in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday, July 20 telling the maker of Puff Bar e-cigarettes to remove its products from the market, including flavors like Mango, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel, File)

FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable e-cigarettes

Jul. 20, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are cracking down on fruity disposable electronic cigarettes popular with teenagers, saying the companies never received permission to sell them in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday telling the company behind Puff Bar e-cigarettes to...

Massachusetts sues company over sale of flavored vapes

Jul. 16, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An online e-cigarette company continued to sell flavored tobacco products to Massachusetts consumers, and failed to protect against delivery of their products to minors, in violation of state law, state Attorney General Maura Healey said in a lawsuit. The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior...

FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.” She...

New state laws ban drivers holding phones, hike marriage age

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Using a handheld cellphone while driving will become illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law taking effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving was among numerous laws going onto the books Wednesday after being approved by the state Legislature this year....

In this June 2, 2020 photo, a demonstrator exhales smoke during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria on Friday, June 26, 2020  dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Court upholds South Africa's cigarette sales ban in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. The...

Georgia House seeks vaping tax, doesn't move on tobacco tax

Jun. 25, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's House voted Thursday to regulate and tax vaping products, but aren't taking the chance to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House voted 123-33 to pass Senate Bill 375, sending it back to the Senate for more debate. The bill would regulate and...

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Blake Tillery, left, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England sign a final agreement on Georgia's state budget on Thursday, June 25, 2020. England and Tillery say they tried to avoid budget cuts that would most directly harm citizens even as they reduced state spending by more than $2 billion. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia lawmakers say they'll avoid worst cuts in budget

Jun. 25, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers say that they've scraped up enough money to prevent state agencies from sending employees home for unpaid furlough days in the coming year, and say K-12 school districts should be able to spend savings to avoid teacher furloughs. House and Senate negotiators signed an...