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Bill advances to raise the age to buy tobacco, vape products

Mar. 23, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill banning the sale of cigarettes, other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under the age of 21 has cleared a legislative hurdle in Connecticut. It passed the Public Health Committee on Friday, advancing the bill to the House floor. Currently, someone...

Arkansas Senate approves tobacco tax increases for tax cuts

Mar. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate narrowly approved a $100 million plan Wednesday to raise taxes on tobacco and e-cigarettes to pay for a package of tax cuts for low- and middle-income residents, sending it to the House where it faces an uncertain future The Senate on approved by a 18-14 vote...

San Francisco floats ban on e-cigarettes pending US review

Mar. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is trying to crack down on electronic cigarettes that critics say aggressively target kids, with an official on Tuesday proposed what's believed to be the first U.S. ban on their sale until the federal government regulates vaping products. City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

Arkansas bill on smoking age, cancer center funding advances

Mar. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation that raises the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 and increases some cigarette taxes for a cancer center. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 22-10 vote the House-backed measure, which raises the minimum age from 18 to 21 by 2021. Gov....

Pennsylvania prisons to implement system-wide tobacco ban

Mar. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's prison system is banning all tobacco products inside every facility's secure perimeter, starting July 1. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced the new policy Monday, citing the success of existing tobacco prohibitions in three state correctional institutions and...

The Latest: Governor wants to revive marijuana proposals

Mar. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity at the New Mexico Legislature (all times local): 1:30 p.m. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants marijuana legalization back on agenda for the next legislative session. Lujan Grisham said Saturday that next year's limited 30-day legislative session will...

New Mexico Democrats boost school spending, shun marijuana

Mar. 16, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led Legislature approved a $700 million general fund spending increase Friday that will go mostly toward public education as lawmakers scramble to address a court order to expand learning opportunities for low-income and minority students. The budget for the fiscal year...

Nebraska property tax package could include income tax cut

Mar. 14, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers are starting to shape a property tax package that could include an income tax cut as well as a tobacco tax increase and a sales tax imposed candy and soft drinks. Members of the Revenue Committee floated the ideas Thursday during an executive session. The plan would...

Arkansas bill: Raise cigarette taxes to pay for tax cuts

Mar. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Arkansas Senate and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday proposed raising taxes on cigarettes and e-cigarettes to pay for tax cuts for the state's low- and middle-income residents. Flanked by more than a dozen lawmakers from both parties, Senate...

Minnesota House votes to expand state's indoor vaping ban

Mar. 14, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaping would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces across Minnesota under a bill that passed the House on Thursday, a proposal that's aimed in part at reversing the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. The bill would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes...