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UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

Walgreens to hike minimum age for store tobacco sales

Walgreens has decided to raise its minimum age for tobacco sales several weeks after a top federal official chastised the drugstore chain for violating laws restricting access to cigarettes and …


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.


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.


FDA begins anti-smoking push to cut nicotine in cigarettes

Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to drastically cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so they aren’t addictive.


Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes—and save Big Tobacco

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete. That’s the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials. But the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 11:07 a.m.

Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes in its shops

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is saying “Just Say No” to cigarettes. The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop …


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.


Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks

Major U.S. cigarette companies will soon begin publishing a series of blunt statements about the health risks of smoking as part of a court order stemming from a 1999 lawsuit …


House Call: Nicotine is still nicotine, no matter the delivery system, and it’s still bad for you

The vapor from e-cigarettes goes deep into the lungs and contains a soup of toxic compounds released when the smoking fluid is heated to 450 degrees F or higher, breaking …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

NYC hikes price of pack of cigarettes to $13, highest in U.S.

The price of a pack of cigarettes in New York City is going up – to at least $13 – and the number of places you can buy them is …


In Japan, restaurants to receive subsidies to set up separate smoking areas

Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry intends to subsidize part of the costs that restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments incur to set up rooms or spaces exclusively for smoking, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 4:34 p.m.

Spokane Valley fire roundup: Cigarettes in potting soil cause rash of fires

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has responded to a rash of fires recently caused by people putting their cigarette butts in flower pots or planters thinking they contain dirt.


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.


FDA to target addictive levels of nicotine in cigarettes

U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the agency’s staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. The FDA has had the power since 2009 to regulate …


De Blasio proposes raising cigarette pack price to $13 in New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council proposed raising the minimum price of pack of cigarettes to $13, reducing the number of tobacco retailers and banning …


Study: Cigarettes go better with alcohol than marijuana does

For millennials, cigarettes go better with booze than they do with weed. That’s the conclusion of a new University of California, San Francisco study showing tobacco accompanied by alcohol gives …


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 …


Man convicted of stealing $500K in cigarettes from Connecticut warehouse

A New Jersey man has been convicted in federal court of stealing more than 8,000 cartons of cigarettes worth about $500,000.


Appeals court rules Yakama Nation can’t sue over tobacco tax

A federal appeals court says the Yakama Indian Nation can’t sue to block collection of a federal tax on tobacco products made by a company on the reservation.


New federal rule bans smoking in public housing

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration.


Some fear California’s e-cigarette tax may deter smokers from making switch

Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes – a trend that …


Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke tobacco, study finds

Los Angeles teenagers are giving health experts a new reason to worry about electronic cigarettes. In a study of more than 3,000 students in L.A. County public schools, those who …


$47 billion offer to create world’s biggest tobacco company

LONDON – British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company and attempt to …


100 years ago in Spokane: Doctor arrested after issuing 27 prescriptions for whisky

From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane pioneer physician, Dr. W.D. Valentine, was locked up in county jail for issuing prescriptions for whisky by the score.


The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21

Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.


FDA’s vaping regulations long overdue

The greatest concern is the increasing number of young people who have been drawn to vaping. Many of them had never smoked before. Rather than kicking an old habit, they’re …


European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the …


Bill regulating vapor industry gets governor’s signature

A state Senate bill regulating vapor products was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.


California lawmakers OK raising smoking age to 21, regulating e-cigs

California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, approving a measure that would make the nation’s most populous state only the second to put legal …