Smoking laws and regulations

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, smartphone apps are shown, in Miami, USA. Britain's Information Commissioner’s Office on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020, released a new set of standards aimed at protecting children’s online personal details privacy for social media sites, games and other online services. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
January 22, 2020 - 4:51 am
LONDON (AP) — Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator. The set of standards aimed at protecting children’s...
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President Donald Trump talks about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. From left, acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, first lady Melania Trump, Trump, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement...
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President Donald Trump talks about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. From left, acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, first lady Melania Trump, Trump, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 11, 2019 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. The surprise White House announcement...
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July 02, 2019 - 8:48 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 - 5:13 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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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 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's top Republican is introducing legislation to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would cover not only tobacco products, but also e-cigarettes and vapor products. McConnell represents Kentucky, which long...
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In this April 11, 2019 photo, Shelley Gillen is photographed in her Bellevue, Neb., home with her 17-year-old son, Will, who wears a helmet to protect him from damage during debilitating seizures. Gillen advocates the legalization of medical marijuana that could help her son's seizures. Nebraska's conservative lawmakers are poised to once again reject measures calling for allowing limited and highly regulated use of medical marijuana, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted medical marijuana laws in the country. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
April 15, 2019 - 1:18 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Year after year, Nebraska's conservative lawmakers have rejected measures calling for limited and highly regulated medical marijuana. They're poised to do it again, but their decision this year could have the unintended consequence of ushering in one of the most unrestricted...
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December 29, 2018 - 9:06 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Smoking is now banned inside cars with kids in a western New York county, adding to similar prohibitions in a couple of other places in the state. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the Public Health Protection Act on Friday. Besides prohibiting smoking in cars...
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Lawmakers stand by as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, center, signs a bill banning smoking on parks and beaches on the boardwalk in Long Branch, N.J., Friday, July 20, 2018. Fines would start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense for people smoking out of designated areas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
July 20, 2018 - 5:43 pm
LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill banning smoking at the state's public beaches and parks, but local communities can opt out and set aside small smoking sections. The Democratic governor on Friday signed a measure that was passed by the state Legislature last month. While...
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July 18, 2018 - 4:40 am
TOKYO (AP) — 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...
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