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FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes, citing potential to help adult smokers

Jun. 21, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, acknowledging that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes...

US health officials authorize first menthol-flavored e-cigarettes as less harmful alternatives for adult smokers

Jun. 21, 2024 11:26 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US health officials authorize first menthol-flavored e-cigarettes as less harmful alternatives for adult smokers.

Today in History: June 21, U.S. Constitution goes into effect

Jun. 21, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 21, the 173rd day of 2024. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins today. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution went into effect as New Hampshire became the...

Senators blast health and law enforcement officials over illegal e-cigarettes used by teens

Jun. 12, 2024 16:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators on Wednesday blasted top health and law enforcement officials for not doing more to combat the rise of illegal electronic cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business that has flourished amid haphazard enforcement. Democrats and Republicans on...

Q&A: Andra Day talks new album, playing a villain and regaining confidence after injuring vocals

May. 30, 2024 13:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andra Day gained acting acclaim after her starring role in a 2021 Billie Holiday biopic, but the soulful singer nearly lost the strength of her powerful voice during the process. Day injured her vocals after she smoked cigarettes as part of her role in Lee...

Workers in Atlantic City casino smoking lawsuit decry 'poisonous' workplace; state stresses taxes

May. 13, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of Atlantic City casino workers asked a judge Monday to ban smoking in the gambling halls, citing the toxic effects of working in a “poisonous” atmosphere, while the state said ending smoking could jeopardize a half-billion-dollar pot of money for senior citizens...

New Jersey and union ask judge to dismiss anti-smoking lawsuit targeting Atlantic City casinos

Apr. 29, 2024 20:06 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's main casino workers union and the New Jersey attorney general on Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a different union that seeks to ban smoking at the city's nine casinos. Local 54 of the Unite Here union said in a filing...

Biden officials indefinitely postpone ban on menthol cigarettes amid election-year pushback

Apr. 26, 2024 22:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is indefinitely delaying a long-awaited menthol cigarette ban, a decision that infuriated anti-smoking advocates but could avoid a political backlash from Black voters in November. In a statement Friday, Biden’s top health...

What to know about Zyn, the tiny nicotine pouch that's sparked a big health debate

Apr. 26, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tiny Philip Morris product called Zyn has been making big headlines, sparking debate about whether new nicotine-based alternatives intended for adults may be catching on with underage teens and adolescents. Here’s what to know about Zyn: WHAT IS...

UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

Apr. 17, 2024 07:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party. The bill, a key policy...