Smoking laws and regulations

July 02, 2019 - 7:48 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's city council has approved a far-reaching ban on smoking and vaping in restaurants and bars — and inside one of the world's busiest airports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that city council members approved the ban on Monday. It covers cigarettes, cigars and...
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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 Friday, May 9, 2014, file photo, people smoke at a designated area in Tokyo. Japan has approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid international calls for smoke-free games, but was largely watered down by the reluctant ruling party. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
July 18, 2018 - 7:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless. The legislation aims to lower secondhand smoking risks ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics amid...
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October 24, 2017 - 1:44 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has added electronic cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban, making it illegal to use the devices in bars, restaurants and most workplaces. While New York City and several other localities had already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in areas covered by the smoking ban...
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Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
March 29, 2017 - 12:21 pm
Smokers beware!!! They’re coming after you again. A bill has been pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session that would raise the taxes on a pack of cigarettes by 22 cents. You’re already paying $1.08 a pack, the result of increases totaling 72 cents since 2015. Full disclosure: I HATE SMOKING...
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March 02, 2017 - 7:49 am
BOSTON (AP) — One of Boston's most luxurious condominium buildings has banned pot smoking and growing. Even though Massachusetts has legalized recreational use of marijuana, it's not welcome at The Residences at The InterContinental. The Boston Herald ( http://bit.ly/2lCTKxH ) reports that the...
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In a Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Kentucky Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado sits in the Senate floor in Frankfort, Ky. Alvarado, a medical doctor in the Kentucky Senate, is leading the effort to restrict smoking in a state that leads the country in smoking rates. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)
February 19, 2017 - 9:36 am
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit. For more than two years, Alvarado has led the effort to restrict smoking...
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January 19, 2017 - 7:58 am
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe. The Senate, the upper house of Parliament, voted 45-12 on Thursday to approve a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and cafes. The lower house gave its green light on Dec...
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