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David Von Drehle: Vaping finally has its Joe Cool moment

With hundreds of cases of illness and at least six deaths tied to vaping, the idea of safe smoking is revealed as a lie.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan “faltering” pace of FDA action

It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 3:29 p.m.

Juul exec: Never intended vaping device to be used by teens

House lawmakers are investigating the e-cigarette maker amid a recent explosion of vaping among American youth. A Thursday hearing marks the first time the privately held company has been called …


U.S. sales OK’d for cigarette alternative that heats tobacco

U.S. health officials on Tuesday said Philip Morris can sell a cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it, opening the door for the company’s effort to shift smokers toward …


Juul nicotine hit may be ‘Worst for kids, best for smokers’

She tried gums, patches and various electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. What finally worked for Chantel Williams was a small, reusable e-cigarette called Juul that packs a big nicotine punch. …


Smoking during cancer treatment will add to your bill

Cancer patients who smoked during treatment were more likely than nonsmokers to have their initial treatment fail and ended up spending more on subsequent treatments, according to the study, published …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Senate votes to raise legal age to purchase tobacco, vaping products to 21

The Senate sends Gov. Jay Inslee a bill to raise the age for purchasing tobacco and vaping products to 21.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks smoking age, marijuana, guns and Donald Trump in podcast

Ferguson said he’s confident the Washington Legislature will pass a bill this session increasing the legal smoking age to 21 and is eyeing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study in Britain; U.S. experts say more research is needed

Up to now, there have been conflicting studies on whether e-cigs help smokers kick the habit. The British study could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the regulatory …


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 …


Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally

Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping’s rising popularity among teens nationwide.


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.


E-cigarettes to face new sales limits from FDA, says official

E-cigarettes will face strict new limits imposed by the Food and Drug Administration, according to a senior FDA official, restricting sales of many popular fruit flavors amid what the agency …


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.


Study: Stop-smoking drugs Chantix, Zyban pose no heart risks

The results come from an extension of a big study of Chantix and Zyban that earlier found no increased risks for severe psychiatric problems including suicidal behavior. Those findings were …


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.


Pipe dreams: plenty of smokin’ options for puffers

If the last time you smoked cannabis was out of a dented pop can in your folks’ basement, you may be surprised how much the experience has improved.


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., Dec. 14, 2017, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane pursues raising tobacco age limit in Washington to 21

The Spokane Regional Health District board has thrown its weight behind a three-year-old campaign to raise the state’s tobacco age limit to 21.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 12:38 p.m.

Airline made passenger put out cigarette. She threatened to kill everyone on the plane.

A passenger was smoking in the bathroom somewhere between Portland and Sacramento on Saturday, according to the airline, and had gone so far as to tamper with the smoke detector.


Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors.


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: 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.


Marian Beaumier: Lifestyle judgment a poor health-care tool

“Reap what you sow” cheapens human life and reduces the complexities of our lives to single choices taken out of context.


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, …


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found.


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.