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Louisiana lawmakers defeated a measure in the recent session aimed at increasing the age to legally smoke in the state, but it could be changing nationwide. Congress is now considering a bill to raise the smoking age to 21 from 18, with a bipartisan group of lawmakers leading the charge. Senator...
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May 23, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Legislation that would have increased the legal age to purchase cigarettes, dip, and vape products to 21 could not get out of the House floor amid concerns the bill infringes on individual liberties of adults. Bill author, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman, argued the bill could save lives...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 20, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. Under intense scrutiny amid a wave of underage vaping, Juul is pushing into television with a multimillion-dollar campaign rebranding itself as a stop-smoking aid for adults trying to kick cigarettes. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File)
May 09, 2019 - 3:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The young models and the candy-colored graphics that helped propel Juul to the top of the e-cigarette market are gone. In their place are people like Carolyn, a 54-year-old former smoker featured in new TV commercials touting Juul as an alternative for middle-age smokers. "I don't...
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Visiting from France, Meyer Joseph, center, smokes a cigarette in front of luxury shops while talking with Lily Levy Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 08, 2019 - 2:36 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A fiery debate is breaking out across Beverly Hills as people at tony hair salons, gas stations and stores weigh in on whether the city of the rich and famous should become the first in the U.S. to outlaw the sale of tobacco products everywhere except a few cigar...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, visitors try out a pen-like "heat-not-burn" device at an IQOS store at Ginza in Tokyo. On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it will allow Philip Morris International to sell the cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 30, 2019 - 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 newer products. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet decided whether to allow the...
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April 30, 2019 - 7:57 am
A new study links too much sitting to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer. It has been said that "sitting is the new smoking." So, if that's true, can we attack the sedentary lifestyle concerns the same way the government went after smoking the last few decades? One big problem... there is...
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April 24, 2019 - 7:02 am
Connor Ferrill reporting... The Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee is expected to vote on a bill today that would raise the age to purchase or possess tobacco from 18 to 21 years old. The sponsor of the bill, West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman, says raising the age could prevent...
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This Wednesday, March 27, 2019 photo showsTwo bottles of e-liquid - Apple Peach Strawberry and Fuji Apple Strawberry Nectarine - on a counter at a VOLCANO Fine Electronic Cigarettes store in Aiea, Hawaii. Hawaii lawmakers are considering outlawing flavored tobacco and electronic cigarette liquids like Maui Mango and Cookie Monsta in an effort to stop escalating teenage vaping. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
March 29, 2019 - 11:47 am
HONOLULU (AP) — The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping. Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a...
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March 06, 2019 - 9:58 am
(WWL.com) There will be an effort in the upcoming legislative session to raise the age from 18 to 21-years-old to legally purchase or possess tobacco and vaping products. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says six states and over 400 cities have raised the tobacco age to 21 and the goal is...
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