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Grant funds smoking cessation treatment for pregnant women

Nov. 9, 2019 8:44 AM EST

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Pregnant women who are trying to quit smoking are getting more help at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health thanks to a $20,000 grant from the March of Dimes and the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. Officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center say about 10 percent of their...

Wisconsin bill seeks to stop under 21s from vaping, smoking

Nov. 6, 2019 12:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are moving ahead with a bipartisan proposal to limit the sale of vaping and other tobacco products to people over age 21, holding a public hearing Wednesday on a measure designed to address what advocates called a public health crisis facing young people....

Panel recommends boosting Indiana's cigarette age to 21

Nov. 3, 2019 9:52 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana legislative panel is recommending that Indiana's legal age for buying cigarettes be raised from 18 to 21. The Legislature's public health study committee approved the recommendation this past week after hearing testimony recently on the change that has failed to advance among...

US endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes

Oct. 22, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday makes Swedish Match tobacco pouches the first so-called...

Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone

Oct. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec. 1. The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will...

Indiana lawmakers pushed to adopt e-cigarette liquids tax

Oct. 15, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana needs state taxes to discourage the use of electronic cigarettes as vaping becomes more popular and is increasingly blamed in illnesses and deaths, the state's main physicians organization and other health advocates said Tuesday. A vaping tax proposal failed in this year's...

Anchorage to vote on retail marijuana shop on-site smoking

Oct. 15, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will let voters decide whether the city should allow on-site smoking in retail marijuana shops, officials said. The assembly voted 7-4 last week to put the question on the April 7 city election ballot, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. Voters would...

Vaping fallout: Small stores suffer as vapers turn away

Oct. 10, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The thousands of shops that sprang up in cities and towns across the country over the past decade to sell vaping products have seen a stunning reversal of fortune, with their sales plunging in just two months amid news reports that vaping has sickened nearly 1,300 people and killed 26....

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

Oct. 10, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Texas newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10, 2019 What the killing of Guyger witness Joshua Brown has to teach us now When a witness in a murder case is himself murdered just days after a high-profile trial, it is both right and appropriate for a community to...

Concussion PSA compares youth football dangers to smoking

Oct. 10, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Everybody seems to be having fun when the kids in a new public service announcement are just playing football, until one boy is thrown to the ground and the background music turns ominous. Then, the coach starts handing out cigarettes. "Tackle football is like smoking," a youthful voice-over...