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Maryland renter faces eviction over housing smoking ban

Feb. 16, 2020 9:00 AM EST

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The letter asking Taja Robinson to vacate her home was delivered on Christmas Eve. Robinson, 37, had just returned from a shift at Target, where her $13-per-hour job allows her to support herself, her two daughters and her infant grandson in a three-bedroom rental unit at...

Bill would fine people for smoking in cars carrying children

Feb. 9, 2020 1:44 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A proposal before Alabama lawmakers would fine people who smoke in a vehicle when a child is present. The bill by Rep. Rolanda Hollis would make it illegal to smoke tobacco in a car when a child aged 14 or younger is present. Violators would be fined $100. Hollis said an adult has...

Indiana lawmakers backing tougher tobacco sales penalties

Jan. 23, 2020 4:29 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tougher penalties for Indiana stores caught selling smoking or vaping products to anyone younger than 21 are on their way to becoming law. The Indiana Senate voted 38-9 Thursday in favor of a proposal that would triple possible retailer fines to between $600 and $3,000 based on number...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, smartphone apps are shown, in Miami, USA.  Britain's Information Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, released a new set of standards aimed at protecting children’s online personal details privacy for social media sites, games and other online services. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

Jan. 22, 2020 4:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at...

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...

Kansas AG wants to crack down on indoor vaping

Jan. 16, 2020 11:05 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state's top prosecutor wants to crack down on indoor vaping. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday in a news release that he wants the Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act to also cover vaping and has crafted legislation to make the change. The law prohibits smoking in most...

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...

Health advocates call for action to stem youth e-cig use

Jan. 14, 2020 11:26 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Public health advocates rallied at Kentucky's Capitol on Tuesday to push for legislation aimed at reducing smoking and e-cigarette use among young people. A group called the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow urged Kentucky lawmakers to impose an excise tax on the sale of...

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...