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Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes

Sep. 12, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement could...

Blown motor causes smoke at Boston subway stop

Sep. 10, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A blown motor on a train entering a Boston subway station briefly caused smoke in the station. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority say a train entering Andrew Station on the Red Line on Tuesday afternoon experienced a motor problem, which created some smoke. The...

Juul warned over claims e-cigarette safer than smoking

Sep. 9, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products. The Food and Drug Administration also upped its scrutiny of a number...

University of Utah to enforce strict 'no smoking' policy

Sep. 5, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah has announced a hard enforcement of their campus wide tobacco-free policy, including public events and football games. The Deseret News reports the rule, which banned smoking for anyone on campus in May 2018, will be fully enforced at university-owned properties...

Michigan to become 1st state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

Sep. 4, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to "hook children on nicotine." The Democrat ordered the state health department to issue emergency...

Oregon death is 2nd linked to vaping, 1st tied to pot shop

Sep. 4, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials in Oregon said Wednesday that a person who recently died of a severe respiratory illness had used an electronic cigarette containing marijuana oil from a legal dispensary, the second death linked to vaping nationwide and the first tied to a vaping product...

Age to buy cigarettes, vape pens and the like rises to 21

Sep. 1, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — You now must be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in Vermont. A new law that raised the minimum age from 18 to buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes went into effect on Sunday. Vermont is among 18 states that have boosted the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21, according to the...

Juul Labs facing scrutiny from federal and state officials

Aug. 30, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With e-cigarette giant Juul Labs facing a mounting number of state and federal investigations into its marketing and sales practices, a top Trump administration official pledged Friday to use all of the government's regulatory and enforcement power "to stop the epidemic of youth...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan "faltering" pace of FDA action

Aug. 29, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually. "The decades-long effort to protect our...

A decade after a split, the Marlboro men seek a reunion

Aug. 27, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Marlboro men are discussing a reunion as the number of smokers continues to decline worldwide. Altria confirmed Tuesday that it is in talks to merge with Philip Morris International, more than a decade after splitting itself into two companies. Altria has exclusively sold Marlboro...