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FILE — In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. The country is one of just a few around the world to have banned tobacco sales during the pandemic and the only one to still have it in place.  (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht/File)

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.” She...

New state laws ban drivers holding phones, hike marriage age

Jun. 30, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Using a handheld cellphone while driving will become illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law taking effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving was among numerous laws going onto the books Wednesday after being approved by the state Legislature this year....

In this June 2, 2020 photo, a demonstrator exhales smoke during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria on Friday, June 26, 2020  dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Court upholds South Africa's cigarette sales ban in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. The...

Georgia House seeks vaping tax, doesn't move on tobacco tax

Jun. 25, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawmakers in Georgia's House voted Thursday to regulate and tax vaping products, but aren't taking the chance to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House voted 123-33 to pass Senate Bill 375, sending it back to the Senate for more debate. The bill would regulate and...

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Blake Tillery, left, and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England sign a final agreement on Georgia's state budget on Thursday, June 25, 2020. England and Tillery say they tried to avoid budget cuts that would most directly harm citizens even as they reduced state spending by more than $2 billion. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)

Georgia lawmakers say they'll avoid worst cuts in budget

Jun. 25, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers say that they've scraped up enough money to prevent state agencies from sending employees home for unpaid furlough days in the coming year, and say K-12 school districts should be able to spend savings to avoid teacher furloughs. House and Senate negotiators signed an...

Georgia lawmakers move to tax vaping, nix higher tobacco tax

Jun. 24, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill is advancing in the Georgia House of Representatives to tax vaping products, but a key committee chairman is ruling out any increase in taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to advance Senate Bill 375, regulating...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Chairman of the Finance Committee, speaks to the media while gathered with other Senate leaders during the first day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Hufstetler said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 that he doesn’t “see the math” for another state income tax cut in Georgia. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Senate panel pushes increase in Georgia's low tobacco tax

Jun. 22, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's tobacco tax could more than triple under a late-in-the-game move in the state Senate. The Senate Finance Committee voted 5-2 on Friday to amend a House resolution to raise the tax per pack of cigarettes to $1.35. Georgia now charges smokers 37 cents per pack, the third-lowest among...

Flavored vaping product ban proposed by Montana officials

Jun. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s health department is proposing a permanent ban on the sale of flavored vaping products in response to increasing youth e-cigarette use, the agency said Tuesday. “This is a serious health issue in Montana that is causing major health consequences for our youth,...

Edwards signs bill to ban vaping in cars with children

Jun. 9, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vaping with a child in the car soon will be illegal in Louisiana. Louisiana law already prohibited drivers and passengers from smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars if a child’s in the vehicle. A bill by Gretna Rep. Joe Marino, who has no party affiliation, adds vaping to that...

Massachusetts ban on sale of flavored tobacco to take effect

May. 31, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A statewide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, is set to take effect on Monday. Massachusetts became the first state to approve such a ban when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill in November. The law applies to the sale of all flavored...