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Put it out: Louisiana expands smoking ban for K-12 schools, 'school property'

Louisiana's ban on smoking in elementary and secondary school buildings has been expanded to include a campus' playgrounds, school buses and other school property. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed the expansion legislation by Republican Rep. Frank Hoffma
AP - Associated Press
added Jul 1, 2017 21:30
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[Minnesota] Mankato, North Mankato consider raising tobacco sales age to 21

could become the first outstate cities in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21, with city leaders planning to present and discuss concurrent ordinances on the issue later this month. North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen said he proposed the idea to M
Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
added Jul 1, 2017 20:58
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Q&A: Marijuana is legal in Nevada but not in casinos or bars

One Denver-based entrepreneur already has set up cannabis-friendly condos just off the Las Vegas Strip that allow pot smoking but not cigarettes. There's also a "Cannabus" tour that offers riders a peek inside dispensaries, a grow facility and a swag bag
AP - Associated Press
added Jul 1, 2017 20:43
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[Pennsylvania] Friendship Through Football 20 years later: Culture shock, learning experiences in Russia

On a sunny Moscow day 20 years ago, nearly 100 Meadville football players and their coaches posed in Red Square...Other sources of culture shock included the sight of Russian children as young as 12 drinking vodka and smoking, several people said.
Meadville (PA) Tribune
added Jul 1, 2017 19:48
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Pennsylvania lawmakers pass spending plan but no revenue package

In order to close the gap, the state is considering borrowing $1 billion, to be repaid with money U.S. states still receive every year from their 1998 legal settlement with tobacco companies for health expenses.
Reuters
added Jul 1, 2017 17:45
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[California] Tobacco-based product tax rate increase to begin Saturday

State legislators will use a portion of the $1.26 billion in new tobacco tax revenue to increase Medi-Cal provider rates for doctors and other health professionals. Doctors, dentists and others who provide publicly funded care for the poor will receive
Barstow (CA) Desert Dispatch
added Jul 1, 2017 16:14
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[Florida] R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Appellant/Cross-Appellee, vs. Paul R. Larkin, Jr., and Caryn O. Newborn, etc., Appellees/Cross-Appellants: An Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Lisa S. Walsh, Judge (PDF)

the trial court’s failure to instruct the jury on the consumer expectations test exclusively has not been shown to have “resulted in a miscarriage of justice,” or to have been “calculated to confuse or mislead the jury,” Font, 199 So. 3d at 326.
Amazon CloudFront
added Jul 1, 2017 15:55
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[Indiana] Clean-air ordinance celebrates five-year anniversary

The change was highly publicized and hotly contested, but some in Terre Haute have seen positives appear through the lifted haze. Boo Lloyd, longtime restaurateur and owner of the Corner Grind, chose to make her businesses smoke free years before it bec
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star
added Jul 1, 2017 15:46
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[California] New tax rate on tobacco products takes effect

The tax rate on tobacco products including cigars, little cigars, smoking and chewing tobacco, snuff and e-cigarettes increases by nearly 40 percent for retailers and customers throughout California Saturday. The tax hike does not apply to cigarettes, wh
Red Bluff (CA) Daily News
added Jul 1, 2017 15:45
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CALIFORNIA CIGAR TAX MORE THAN DOUBLES

For cigars, the change will take additional time. First, because of how the OTP taxes are set, the change was delayed until July. Secondly, the new tax rate only applies to cigars coming into the state beginning July 1. Any product that is already in a
HalfWheel
added Jul 1, 2017 15:45
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