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[North Carolina] Reynolds sale, new Wake Forest Baptist leader lead top 10 business news stories

It took a $54.5 billion offer from British American Tobacco for Reynolds’ board of directors to agree to sell BAT the 57.8 percent of Reynolds it did not already own. With the July 25 completion of the deal, BAT became the world’s largest publicly trade
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Jan 2, 2018 04:08
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California's cannabis freedom comes with rules

Generally, California law treats cannabis like alcohol. There's no smoking while driving. And, there's no smoking anywhere where tobacco is prohibited and now, users will be getting an earful from those who don't want to smell it or its second hand smoke
KTVU/BayInsider.com Fox Ch. 2 (Oakland, CA)
added Jan 2, 2018 03:32
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[Mississippi] Tobacco tax, college desegregation money among 2018 issues

Mississippi last increased its cigarette tax in 2009. Now, about 20 health advocacy groups are pushing a cigarette tax increase of $1.50 a pack, plus "parallel" increases on chewing tobacco. The two Republican leaders of the tax-writing committees — Hous
AP - Associated Press
added Jan 2, 2018 03:29
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[Washington] EDITORIAL: Anti-smoking TV ads a late, small win

TV ads running on the three traditional networks don’t pack the wallop they once could have. But getting Big Tobacco to admit any culpability in the wake of death and destruction they’ve left behind must be counted as some kind of victory.
Tacoma (WA) News Tribune
added Jan 2, 2018 03:26
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[California] KHAJEBAG: City smoking ordinance is a joke with harmful effects to people and their environment.

I have a new neighbor-tenant whom is attorney and knows the law, considering that he dose, he also been informed about the law, he is a heavy cigar smoking elderly man driving a Cadillac and I am sure he thinks that he is above the law, otherwise he woul
Santa Monica (CA) Observer
added Jan 2, 2018 03:24
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[Pennsylvania] VIDEO: New Smoking Ban In Effect At Wildwood, North Wildwood Boardwalks

As of Monday, it’s now illegal to light up on the boardwalks in Wildwood and North Wildwood. Both cities passed the smoking bans last year and asked people to voluntarily refrain from smoking before the law was in effect. City leaders decided to outlaw
KYW Newsradio-1060 KYW-TV CBS 3 (Philadelphia, PA)
added Jan 2, 2018 03:21
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[New York] Banned in 2009, smoking continues at UB

The University at Buffalo banned smoking in 2009. But walk on campus on any given day, and you will see students, faculty and staff puffing in parking lots, lighting up on sidewalks and vaping at the entrances to some of the university's most heavily tr
Buffalo (NY) News
added Jan 2, 2018 03:21
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Recreational Pot Is Officially Legal in California

Californians voted for recreational use of the drug by a 57 to 43 percent margin in a November 2016 ballot initiative. The law prohibits smoking in public, although such bans are already commonplace in California cities.
New York Times
added Jan 2, 2018 03:03
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[Kentucky] Turning Point Announces New Round of Employee Bonuses Thanks to Tax Reform

’s signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “Senator McConnell has personally toured our facility in Louisville and we appreciate his interest in our employees and our business as well as his interest in all Kentucky businesses.”
Business Wire
added Jan 1, 2018 12:08
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Pot Stocks Soar as California Gets Ready to Get High

There is overlap among the alcohol, tobacco and cannabis industries ...Ahrens said in a Bloomberg TV interview, with mergers and acquisitions or "at least" joint ventures likely. The three work well together, he said, noting his AdvisorShares Vice ETF inc
Bloomberg News
added Jan 1, 2018 12:05
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