Latest Tobacco industry regulation News

South Dakota VA hospitals banning tobacco use

May. 19, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is increasing the push for veterans to kick the habit by banning tobacco use at VA health care facilities nationwide. The nationwide tobacco-free mandate is to take effect by October. But the Rapid City Journal reports that Black Hills VA hospitals...

Michigan House approves e-cigarette ban for minors

May. 15, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer would ban minors from using electronic cigarettes, but it is uncertain if she will sign it. The Michigan House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved bills that previously cleared the Senate. The state Department of Health and Human...

Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes

May. 15, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to begin reviewing thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. The ruling handed down Wednesday in district court states that the agency shirked its legal duty when it postponed reviewing all U.S....

North Carolina sues e-cigarette maker Juul over marketing

May. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said Wednesday...

Gov. Larry Hogan signs health, education, bills

May. 13, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed 181 bills on Monday, many with a focus on health and education. Here is look at some of them: TOBACCO PRODUCTS Maryland is raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 under a new law that includes vaping in the definition of tobacco products. HEALTH CARE...

Dueling smoking bills move through Arizona Legislature

May. 13, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The fate of competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills that pit health advocates against industry backers could become clear this week at the Arizona Legislature. The Senate last week unanimously passed a bill championed by Republican Sen. Heather Carter of Cave Creek that would...

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

May. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. "I don't think...

Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

May. 8, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The smoke hasn't cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first U.S. city to end most tobacco sales.  The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it's ready to snuff out most sales when it meets...

Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

May. 8, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes at its U.S. stores to 21 amid growing pressure from regulators to cut tobacco sales and use among minors. The world's largest retailer also said it will also stop selling fruit and dessert...

Walmart bans cigarette sales to anyone under 21 years of age starting in July

May. 8, 2019 11:49 AM EDT
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart bans cigarette sales to anyone under 21 years of age starting in July.