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[California] Jurors — and others — get a break from smoking ban at Ventura

Smokers can now light up during breaks from county jury duty despite a sweeping outdoor tobacco ban that took effect at mid-month. Managers decided to set aside a smoking zone at the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura based on the public servic
Ventura County (CA) Star
added Aug 28, 2017 21:38
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[Minnesota, North Dakota] Shaw: It's a good call to raise the smoking age to 21

City councils in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Perham, Minn., are being urged to raise the smoking age to 21. I say--Go for it. For that matter, raise the smoking age in all of Minnesota and North Dakota to 21, to match the drinking age. It's about time. The
Fargo (ND) InForum
added Aug 27, 2017 07:12
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[Pennsylvania] No butts about it: This Lehigh Valley college going totally smoke free

On Monday, the Allentown school become a completely smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. Other Lehigh Valley schools limit smoking to specific areas, but none have taken such a hard stance, according to a review of their policies.
Easton (PA) Express-Times
added Aug 26, 2017 17:26
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[California] Hoping for a smoke free downtown policy

“Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease, and in Kings County our smoking rate is 17.8 percent compared to the state rate of 11.3 percent,” said Vallejo. Although California was the second state to raise the minimum sm
Hanford (CA) Sentinel
added Aug 26, 2017 17:18
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[California] Reynolds gains legal victory in lawsuit addressing e-cig vapor

lawsuit claiming public harm from the content of electronic cigarette vapor....Harris sued Reynolds Vapor in September 2015, claiming the company violated California law by failing to include a potential carcinogen risk, particularly exposure to formaldeh
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Aug 26, 2017 14:48
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[Illinois] Vrdolyak lawyers: Indictment ‘deceptive, irrelevant and sinister’

A grand jury hit Vrdolyak last November with a 19-page indictment that outlined his alleged role in a scheme to pocket millions from Illinois’ $9.3 billion settlement with tobacco companies nearly two decades ago. The indictment alleges Vrdolyak, known
Chicago Sun-Times
added Aug 26, 2017 14:46
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[Florida] Wendy D. Resnick: Join battle to raise tobacco sales age

Our successful efforts could help save millions of lives and eliminate smoking as the leading preventable cause of death and disease. Working together, the fight against tobacco is one worthwhile battle we can help win.
Gainesville (FL) Sun
added Sep 4, 2017 14:37
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[Kansas] Getting a clear picture of patient smoking quit rates

According to a recent study led by The University of Kansas Cancer Center researchers, a high proportion of smokers enrolled in bedside tobacco cessation programs who said they had quit were misreporting their smoking status. Kimber Richter, PhD, MPH,
University of Kansas
added Aug 30, 2017 21:01
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[UK, New York] FT Health: Cities lead the way on public health

Climate, cultural differences, resources and political conditions mean interventions have to be tailored to different countries, and local government everywhere can play a greater role, as highlighted in the World Health Organization's Healthy Cities prog
Financial Times (uk)
added Aug 30, 2017 01:32
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[Florida] Cigar Wrap Maker Seeks Quick Win In Patent Infringement Suit ($$)

Cigar wrap producer Blunt Wrap USA asked a Florida federal judge Thursday for a quick win in its suit accusing rival Grabba-Leaf of infringing patents for a product made using plastic straws or coffee stirrers to shape pre-rolled natural leaf wrappers, ci
Law360
added Aug 28, 2017 16:31
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