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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

House votes to raise smoking age to 21

In a bipartisan vote, the Washington House agrees to raise age for buying tobacco and vaping products to 21.


Idaho gets ‘F’ on American Lung Association’s tobacco report

Idaho received an overall grade of “F” in a new tobacco control report from the American Lung Association.


Teens have become experts on hiding vaping, but health experts are still uncertain of long-term effects

When it comes to vaping, some teens are too smart for their own good. They’ve become experts at hiding their habit, yet are often ignorant about the long-term effects.


America’s original tobacco state considers hiking the smoking and vaping age to 21

RICHMOND, Va. – Some prominent legislators are backing a bill to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and vapes from 18 to 21 in Virginia, a state where tobacco …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

Attorney general, speaker of the house make pitch to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 in Washington

Bill would ban tobacco and vaping sales in Washington to those under 21.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Whitworth’s tobacco and chewing ban starts Jan. 1, provoking pushback from some students

An estimated 9 percent of Whitworth University’s students smoke, vape or chew tobacco. Starting Jan. 1, they’ll have to take the habit off-campus.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 6:49 a.m.

Whitworth president announces school-wide ban on tobacco products

Whitworth University announced today that it is banning smoking and tobacco from campus starting January 1


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

Research finds Nez Perce had tobacco long before Euro-American trappers, settlers arrived in NW

Nez Perce Indians grew and smoked tobacco 1,200 years ago, long before white traders and settlers arrived in the Pacific Northwest. New research from Washington State University analyzed pipes from …


E-cigarette sellers turn to scholarships to promote brands

A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write …


UPDATED: Sun., June 3, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

‘Step up soon’ on underage vaping, FDA chief tells tobacco companies

Tobacco companies need to step up efforts to stop kids from vaping, according to a warning from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Mariners, opponents will soon be banned from smokeless tobacco at Safeco Field

It’s official: The days of using smokeless tobacco for Mariners players and competitors during games at Safeco are coming to an end.


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

Washington spends little to help the state’s 900,000 smokers quit – despite collecting $622M in tobacco revenue

With nearly 900,000 smokers in the state and $622 million in tobacco-related revenue, Washington spends almost no money on programs to help people quit.


Campaign to stop smoking includes focus on blacks targeted by menthols marketing

Gene Aikens is at the forefront of an anti-smoking campaign that has a focus highlighting how blacks were targeted with the marketing of menthol cigarrettes by big tobacco.


U.S. regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of …


US regulators renew scrutiny of menthol, tobacco flavors

Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Trump wants to ban bump stocks; ATF doesn’t know if it can

President Donald Trump has ordered his Justice Department to ban rapid-fire bump stocks like the ones used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre– but officials aren’t sure they can.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers again reject raising smoking age to 21

For a second straight year, an Idaho Senate committee has killed legislation proposed by health advocates to raise Idaho’s smoking age to 21.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Proposed bill would raise age for tobacco, vaping sales to 21 in Washington

People under 21 could no longer purchase tobacco or vapor products in Washington under


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:17 p.m.

Bill would raise legal age of tobacco use in Idaho

The Senate State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Wednesday that would raise the legal age of tobacco use in Idaho from 18 to 21.


Indiana House GOP kills bill to raise smoking age to 21

Indiana House Republicans killed a bill on Tuesday that would have increased the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.


Quit smoking; you’re not in this alone

One of the surprises to those trying to quit is all of the help that is available. Insurance may cover nicotine patches, gum, lozenges and other medications that control cravings.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Eastern State Hospital to ban tobacco for patients

Patients at Eastern State Hospital will go tobacco-free in November.


Oregon increases legal tobacco age to 21

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that increases the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.


New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21

New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.


No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States.


Czech restaurants, bars go smoke-free after years of debate

A smoking ban in Czech bars, restaurants and cafes came into effect Wednesday, putting to an end the Czech Republic’s status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers …


Montana House kills bill to raise tobacco taxes

The Montana House has killed a bill to hike tobacco taxes after Democrats failed to muster enough votes to bring the measure to the floor for debate.


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Spokane health district, CHAS team up to help people quit smoking

Done My Way is a new campaign to get people to quit smoking using evidence-based, mostly free resources. It’s put on by the Spokane Regional Health District and CHAS.


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:35 p.m.

Smoking and vaping age would be 21 under bill that passes Washington House committee

Washington could raise the smoking age to 21 and tax vaping products like cigarettes under bills approved Thursday morning by the House committee that oversees taxes.


Health leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the U.S.

Every year cigarette smoking contributes to about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. A group of prominent health leaders called for the immediate implementation of national action to …