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FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes tied to teen vaping surge

Jun. 23, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Thursday ordered Juul to pull its electronic cigarettes from the market, the latest blow to the embattled company widely blamed for sparking a national surge in teen vaping. The action is part of a sweeping effort by the Food and Drug...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 23, 2022 02:34 AM EDT

Lancaster Online/LNP. June 15, 2022. Editorial: As cost of farmland soars, next generation of farmers finding ways to get a foothold Farmland in Lancaster County is valuable — increasingly valuable — in more ways than one. It’s essential to the...

Canada to require a warning be printed on every cigarette.

Jun. 10, 2022 19:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada is poised to become the first country in the world to require that a warning be printed on every cigarette. The move builds on Canada’s mandate to include graphic photo warnings on tobacco products’ packaging -- a policy that started an international trend...

Rhode Island casino workers urge lawmakers to ban smoking

Jun. 08, 2022 16:37 PM EDT

Smoking was prohibited inside Rhode Island's two casinos for most of the pandemic, and now casino workers want state lawmakers to make the ban permanent. A bill is pending in the legislature to repeal the exemption granted to casinos in the state law that prohibits smoking in public...

AG settles with housing provider over child with asthma

Jun. 07, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The owner of an affordable housing property in Boston and the property manager have agreed to pay $35,000 to settle allegations that they failed to adequately address secondhand smoke and a rodent infestation that negatively affected the health of a young tenant with asthma, the...

Cancer deaths in Black people drop; still higher than others

May. 19, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

Cancer death rates have steadily declined among Black people but remain higher than in other racial and ethnic groups, a U.S. government study released Thursday shows. Cancer deaths have been dropping for all Americans for the past two decades because of lower smoking rates and...

Atlantic City dealers' union backs casino smoking ban

Apr. 28, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A union representing Atlantic City casino dealers is calling on New Jersey lawmakers to prohibit smoking in the resort’s casinos. The United Auto Workers wrote earlier this week to state legislators asking them to hold hearings on a bill that would...

FDA issues plan to ban menthol in cigarettes, cigars

Apr. 28, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday released its long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, citing the toll on Black smokers and young people. “The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help...

Maine, with region's highest smoking rate, funds cessation

Apr. 26, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is increasing funding for smoking cessation programs as the state tries to shed the distinction as having the highest rate of smoking in New England. Almost 18% of adults in Maine use cigarettes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

Plan to ban menthol cigarettes prompts late lobbying blitz

Apr. 22, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As federal officials finalize a long-awaited plan to ban menthol cigarettes, dozens of interest groups have met with White House staffers to try to influence the process, which has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives while wiping out billions in tobacco sales. ...