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Indiana cigarette tax hike, legal marijuana bids stalling

Jan. 19, 2019 2:38 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Renewed attempts in Indiana to increase the taxes paid by cigarette smokers and legalize at least some marijuana use face cloudy futures with state lawmakers. Anti-smoking groups and business leaders are pushing to triple the state's cigarette tax to nearly $3 a pack, arguing the hike...

Virginia looks to raise age limit on tobacco products

Jan. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tobacco-friendly Virginia, where the early economy was powered by the leafy plant and the industry continues to hold great sway, is preparing to put new limits on who can buy tobacco products. Citing the rapid growth of teenage vaping, GOP leaders in the majority-Republican General...

New bill would ban online sales of e-cigarettes in Vermont

Jan. 17, 2019 1:16 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new bill introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives would ban internet sales of electronic cigarettes. The bill was introduced Tuesday and referred to the House Committee on Human Services. The Rutland Herald reports the bill would prevent sales on all types of e-cigarettes...

The best Rx for teens addicted to vaping? No one knows

Jan. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine. E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance...

Legislation would allow tribes to collect state taxes

Jan. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Legislation filed by Republican and Democratic leaders sets the framework for American Indian tribes in North Dakota to levy alcohol, tobacco and state sales taxes on their reservations and spend it for tribal services. But the legislation filed this week would not exempt casinos from...

NY governor wants to raise age to buy tobacco, e-cigarettes

Jan. 12, 2019 2:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people. Cuomo announced Saturday that he will include the proposal in his 2019 executive budget. The legislation would ban...

Bill by Oregon congressman would regulate weed like alcohol

Jan. 9, 2019 7:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol. The bill introduced Wednesday would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list and establish a nationally regulated industry overseen by the Bureau of...

Overheated e-cigarette battery causes small fire on flight

Jan. 5, 2019 4:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — American Airlines says a passenger's electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the e-cigarette's battery overheated shortly after Flight 168 landed Friday night. Scott says...

NYC pharmacies can't sell cigarettes starting Jan. 1

Dec. 31, 2018 10:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City pharmacies won't be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores. The city's health department says the change will...

Democratic senators calling for ban on menthol cigarettes

Dec. 23, 2018 3:37 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars. The senators — including Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed and...