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UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on vape, tobacco flavors

Massachusetts has become the first state with a permanent ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Massachusetts OKs ban on flavored vaping, tobacco products

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a groundbreaking ban Thursday on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

U.S. endorses tobacco pouches as less risky than cigarettes

Tobacco pouches from Swedish Match win first FDA endorsement for a “reduced-risk” alternative to smoking.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

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: Wed., May 8, 2019

Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes at its U.S. stores to 21 amid growing pressure from regulators to cut tobacco …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

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 …


McConnell proposes national minimum age of 21 for tobacco

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally, rating the health initiative …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019

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: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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.