Tobacco

Swedish Match "General Snus" pouched smokeless tobacco product.
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AP News
October 22, 2019 - 5:10 pm
For the first time, U.S. health regulators have judged a type of smokeless tobacco to be less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers.
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Man holding vape and tobacco cigarettes
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Tony Romeo
September 25, 2019 - 2:20 pm
The state Senate has sent the House a bill that would raise to 21 the legal age to purchase nicotine and vaping products.
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KYW Staff
September 24, 2019 - 4:00 am
Living in close proximity to retail establishments that sell tobacco products and e-cigarettes appears to make it harder for smokers to kick the habit.
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A salesman at a vape shop exhales while using an e-cigarette in Maine.
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AP News
September 19, 2019 - 6:47 pm
More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
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e-cigarette.
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David Madden
September 19, 2019 - 1:25 pm
New Jersey continues to step up efforts aimed at controlling young people’s access to e-cigarettes. The state Senate president is meeting with tobacco company executives demanding action on the issue.
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Gov. John Carney signed the bill to raise the legal age from 18 to 21 to purchase cigarettes and tobacco products in Delaware.
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David Madden
April 17, 2019 - 2:05 pm
DOVER, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — The state of Delaware will soon raise the legal age from 18 to 21 to purchase cigarettes and tobacco products. Gov. John Carney signed the bill with several young people present. Officials hope teenagers will benefit from the change, some estimating it could help...
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Suzanne Monaghan
April 08, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Last year, awareness rose about the e-cigarette JUUL and its use among teens. Anti-tobacco groups have been working to educate young people about the health risks, but despite their efforts, more teens are using. Gustavo Torrez with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says...
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A tobacco ban will be going into effect at all Pennsylvania state prisons this summer.
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Paul Kurtz
March 19, 2019 - 4:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A tobacco ban will be going into effect at all Pennsylvania state prisons this summer. Notices have gone out to inmates and staff that July 1 is the date that all state prisons will become tobacco-free. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Susan McNaughton says there...
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The report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifically singled out e-cigarette giant Juul as a contributing factor to the escalating rates.
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February 11, 2019 - 6:18 pm
By Nadia Kounang, CNN (CNN) -- Public health experts are continuing to sound the alarm on the teen vaping epidemic, tying the 1.3 million increase in teen tobacco users from 2017 to 2018 directly to e-cigarettes. The rise has been so significant that it has wiped out any progress in declining youth...
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Philadelphia City Hall
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Pat Loeb
December 05, 2018 - 7:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Smoking opponents beat back an effort in Philadelphia city council to reverse rules limiting tobacco sale permits. The Board of Health adopted a rule, two years ago, aimed at lowering the unusually high density of cigarette sellers in the city's low-income...
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