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Health groups urge Trump to move ahead with e-cig flavor ban

Nov. 22, 2019 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health advocates are encouraging President Donald Trump to move forward with a federal ban on thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes. Trump is meeting at the White House on Friday with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping....

Pennsylvania moves to raise cigarettes, tobacco age to 21

Nov. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is moving to join 18 other states and ban the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, although it’s maintaining an exception for military veterans or service members who are at least 18. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said he’d...

Rhode Island lawmakers to address flavored vaping products

Nov. 21, 2019 5:11 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’ll consider whether to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in the next legislative session. Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, sending it...

Sen. Collins meets with Trump amid impeachment inquiry

Nov. 21, 2019 4:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says President Donald Trump spoke briefly about impeachment during a closed-door meeting with a group of GOP senators. Trump met with eight senators Thursday amid an impeachment inquiry in the House. Collins declined afterward to get into...

Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Nov. 21, 2019 1:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes. The bill would also place a 75% excise tax on vaping products and require health insurers, including the state’s Medicaid program, to cover...

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...

West Virginia editorial roundup

Nov. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Nov. 20 The Charleston Gazette-Mail on MLB minor league teams: Nothing is final. In fact, it’s just the beginning of negotiations. There is nothing set in stone that minor league baseball teams in three West Virginia cities, including Charleston, will...

FDA nominee ducks questions on Trump e-cigarette flavor ban

Nov. 20, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration sidestepped questions Wednesday on the future of a 2-month-old proposal to ban most flavored electronic cigarettes. Dr. Stephen Hahn told Senate lawmakers that a recent wave of underage vaping is an...

Trump to meet on teen vaping as plans for flavor ban fade

Nov. 20, 2019 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will meet with medical experts, health advocates and industry representatives on the problem of underage vaping later this week, White House officials said Wednesday. Electronic cigarette use by teenagers has surged, but federal authorities have not yet finalized a...

Plan to let schools destroy seized e-cigarettes approved

Nov. 20, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Amid increasing concern about vaping, a panel of Utah lawmakers on Wednesday approved a proposal to allow schools to destroy confiscated e-cigarette devices. Schools are seizing an increasing number of the devices as more students are caught vaping on campus, But the law about what...