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Florida lawmakers weigh raising age for smoking, vaping

Jan. 21, 2020 6:40 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Raising alarm over the boom in e-cigarettes among young people, Florida lawmakers Tuesday moved to raise the age limit on tobacco products from 18 to 21. At least 18 other states now have laws setting the minimum age for vaping at 21, and efforts are underway in the remaining...

Indiana House backs tougher rules for tobacco retailers

Jan. 21, 2020 4:58 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Stores across Indiana would face tougher penalties for selling tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 under a bill endorsed Tuesday by the Indiana House. The additional penalties are part of a bill increasing Indiana’s minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21 to...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will be allowed to remain on the market.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Vape shop owners oppose New Hampshire flavor ban proposal

Jan. 15, 2020 4:34 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire vape shop owners came out in force Wednesday against a proposal to ban flavored products, arguing it would force them out of business and harm the health of adult customers who will return to smoking. The Trump administration announced this month that it will prohibit...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 15, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Gadsden Times on developments with a long-awaited interstate extension project: With apologies to the Bard of Avon — and we’ll drop the part about the sweet fragrance — “What’s a road by any other name?” Local...

Indiana panel backs higher fines for underaged tobacco sales

Jan. 15, 2020 12:59 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The push to toughen Indiana’s penalties on stores for selling tobacco products to underage customers is facing some questions over whether the proposed fines are too steep. Members of state Senate’s health committee voted 11-0 on Wednesday to endorse the bill that...

American Heart Association of Indiana representative Danielle Patterson speaks in support of a bill toughening penalties for stores that sell tobacco products to minors during an Indiana House Public Health Committee hearing, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Indiana may toughen retailer penalties with 21 smoking age

Jan. 8, 2020 5:20 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are looking to toughen the penalties stores face for selling tobacco products to underaged customers as they raise the state’s minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21 to conform with the new federal law. A proposal backed by anti-smoking advocates would...

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Trump administration announced Thursday that it will prohibit fruit, candy, mint and dessert flavors from small, cartridge-based e-cigarettes that are popular with high school students. But menthol and tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes will be allowed to remain on the market.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Trump's plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

Jan. 2, 2020 5:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices. The Trump administration announced...

FILE - In this June 14, 2006 file photo are U-Haul trucks sit on a dealer lot in Des Moines, Iowa. U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: cut down on hiring people who smoke. The moving company said that it won't hire nicotine users in the 21 states where it is legal to do so, saying that it wants to ensure a

Smokers, do not apply: U-Haul won't hire some nicotine users

Jan. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: Cut down on hiring people who smoke. The moving company said that it won't hire nicotine users in the 21 states where it is legal to do so, saying that it wants to ensure a “healthier workforce." The new policy will start Feb. 1, and won't apply...

FILE - In this June 14, 2006 file photo are U-Haul trucks sit on a dealer lot in Des Moines, Iowa. U-Haul has a New Year's resolution: cut down on hiring people who smoke. The moving company said that it won't hire nicotine users in the 21 states where it is legal to do so, saying that it wants to ensure a

U-Haul International to stop hiring smokers in 21 states

Jan. 2, 2020 3:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the...

Alaska prepares for increase in age to purchase tobacco

Dec. 27, 2019 9:19 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new federal law is set to increase the national age limit for tobacco and e-cigarette purchases to 21, which will require Alaska to meet a standard that has already been established in Anchorage. Alaska law currently allows anyone 19 and older to buy tobacco, although Anchorage took...