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2019's tobacco settlement gives South Carolina $79 million

Apr. 22, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been paid another installment from the settlement nearly all U.S. states signed with the major tobacco companies in 1998. State Attorney General Alan Wilson said Monday most of the nearly $79 million in the 2019 payment will go to help pay for Medicaid. Wilson said...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end holiday-shortened week higher

Apr. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major U.S. indexes managed small gains on Wall Street but not enough to prevent a losing week for the S&P 500 following three weeks of gains. Industrial companies rose Thursday as traders welcomed solid earnings...

McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Apr. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative as one of his top priorities. The Senate leader said his bill will cover all tobacco...

Brown floats $2 tobacco tax increase to fund Medicaid

Apr. 10, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to pay down the state's Medicaid shortfall through a $2 tax increase on tobacco products, plus an additional tax on e-cigarettes and other vaping products. The governor told the House Committee on Revenue Wednesday that the tax "will provide long-term...

Lawmakers urged to raise age to buy cigarettes to 21

Apr. 7, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Cancer survivors, medical professional, local youth and their families plan to press Connecticut lawmakers to pass legislation this session that increases the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. The legislation also includes e-cigarettes. The American Cancer Society Cancer...

Florida lawmakers push to exempt premium cigar industry

Apr. 6, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — They say politics makes strange bedfellows. Sometimes in Florida, cigars do too. Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis are pushing to exempt premium cigars from federal rules that require a Surgeon General's warning to...

Governor hails new jobs at tobacco packaging company

Apr. 5, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An Italian-owned company that makes high-tech machinery for producing and packaging tobacco products is expanding its operations in Virginia with the state's help. Gov. Ralph Northam announced earlier this week that G.D. USA, Inc. is planning to spend nearly $4 million to expand and...

NY state poised to raise smoking age from 18 to 21

Apr. 1, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat-controlled New York Senate passed legislation Monday putting the state a step closer to joining seven others where the legal age for buying cigarettes and electronic cigarettes has been raised from 18 to 21. The state Assembly, also controlled by Democrats, passed its own...

Hawaii eyes flavored e-cigarette ban to curb teen vaping

Mar. 29, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban...