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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...

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...

Top Kenya court dismisses British American Tobacco challenge

Nov. 26, 2019 5:06 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a British American Tobacco challenge to regulations that charge the tobacco industry a fee to help compensate people affected by smoking. The regulations conform to the constitution and its goal of protecting the lives of Kenyans, the...

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

Nov. 18, 2019 4:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to fly to a Kentucky campaign rally two weeks ago, a plan was in place for him to give final approval to a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes. By the time Trump landed back at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington a few hours later,...

US endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes

Oct. 22, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday makes Swedish Match tobacco pouches the first so-called...