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[West Virginia] Club owner: Smoking ban is bad for business

John Baron, co-owner of the Blue Parrot, an adult entertainment club on Mileground Road, said he’s contemplating legal action against the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD) based on the enforcement of the county-wide smoking ban enacted March 2012
Morgantown (WV) Dominion-Post
added May 29, 2016 20:04
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[South Dakota] 'Smoke shacks' pull video lottery machines

A casino group that tried to find a clever way around South Dakota’s indoor smoking ban is retreating from its strategy. Crown Central Casino made headlines last fall when Argus Leader Media reported a room within the casino was established as a separat
Sioux Falls (SD) Argus-Leader
added May 29, 2016 20:03

[South Dakota] Smoking patio at downtown bar under scrutiny

Wiley’s Tavern ... caught the attention of a few city officials who wonder whether the smoking patio on the northeast corner of its building meets South Dakota’s indoor smoking regulations. The presence of video lottery machines on the patio is also rais
Sioux Falls (SD) Argus-Leader
added May 29, 2016 20:01

[Oregon] LETTER: Lack of enforcement worse than senator’s flouting non-smoking law

Even more arrogant is the failure of the legislative body for not putting an immediate stop to this law violation when it was first reported. The Legislature cannot expect the citizens of Oregon to follow a law they are themselves unwilling to follow.
Salem (OR) Statesman-Journal
added May 29, 2016 19:58

[New Jersey] WATCH: Do NJ beachgoers support a smoking ban?

Visitors to the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Saturday overwhelmingly supported a state bill that would give cigarettes the boot on beaches throughout New Jersey. But the jury is still out on whether Gov. Chris Christie will sign the bill, which the Legisla
added May 29, 2016 15:23

[New York] Tobacco control strategies need a refresh, researchers say

Writing in the journal BioMed Central Public Health, two researchers say it’s time for tobacco-control themes to be modernized. “Not since the invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1882 has the product landscape changed so dramatically. For the f
University of Buffalo
added May 29, 2016 15:19

[New York] NY Tax Officials Seize 5,305 Cartons of Contraband Cigarettes

its Cigarette Strike Force has seized 5,305 cartons of contraband cigarettes, 2,646 contraband cigars, and 23,092 counterfeit cigarette tax stamps since the beginning of May. Tax investigators, in their ongoing campaign against illegal tobacco traffickin
added May 29, 2016 14:58
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[New York] Untaxed cigarettes, cigars lead to felony charges

A 29-year-old employee of a Poughkeepsie deli faces felony charges following an investigation... During a routine inspection at R&K Deli on Main Street, investigators seized 115 cartons of contraband cigarettes and 900 untaxed cigars
Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal
added May 29, 2016 14:57

[North Carolina] Adult smoking rate drops to another historic low of 15.1 percent in 2015

Even with the decreasing adult smoking rates, Henrico County-based Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and ITG Brands LLC continue to show quarterly and annual revenue gains, in part through per-pack list price increases to distributors that are
Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch
added May 29, 2016 14:54

[North Carolina] Reynolds executives express optimism, rather than gloom, with new FDA rules

During a London presentation... Cameron said she was pleased with the FDA’s tone and language with the new rules, particularly the FDA’s recognition “that vapor products can play an important role in reducing the harm caused by smoking.”
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added May 29, 2016 14:31
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