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Should D.C. Have the Highest State Cigarette Tax in the Country?

Cigarette tax increases, though aimed at improving public health, are very regressive. According to a 2009 Gallup study, 34 percent of the lowest-income individuals (individuals with annual incomes of $12,000 or less) in the U.S. use cigarettes, as opposed to 13 percent of high-income Americans [...]. In other words, “more than half of today’s smokers (53%) earn less than $36,000 per year—making cigarette taxes highly regressive.” [...]


Should we just go ahead and ban smoking everywhere?

On Jan. 30, the Alabama state House of Representatives passed a bill to ban smoking in vehicles with any riders under the age of 19. If it becomes law, Alabama would be the ninth state to do so. This comes as the federal agency Housing and Urban Development is rolling out its nationwide ban on smoking in public housing, and just a few years after many states have outlawed smoking in beaches and public parks. [...]


Asian vapers continue to suffer, and US study spreads fresh misinformation

A surprise wave of raids hit every vape shop on Malaysia on Monday, with police and pharma regulators seizing all supplies of nicotine liquids and forcing vendors to hand over the details of their suppliers. According to INNCO member organisation MOVE Malaysia, the raids had been planned without the knowledge of the Health Ministry or other government departments; it seems the operation was organised by the Pharmaceutical Services agency, with the cooperation of the police.


Bill would raise legal age of tobacco use in Idaho

The Senate State Affairs Committee introduced legislation Wednesday that would raise the legal age of tobacco use in Idaho from 18 to 21. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, is intended to make it more difficult for minors and young adults to take up smoking or tobacco use. The age restriction also would apply to the sale and use of e-cigarettes.


Harm reduction for smokers : the case for ‘Heat-not-burn’ products

Bad for you, but not as bad as a normal cigarette – that is the message from a british government advisory panel on two new ‘heat-not-burn’ tobacco products entering the market. The Committee on Toxicity (Cot) analysed data on the IQOS and iFuse and found that users are exposed to between 50 and 90 per cent fewer ‘harmful and potentially harmful compounds’ found in regular cigarettes.


IT Carlow to ban smoking from main outdoor areas

The Institute of Technology Carlow has announced it is to ban on-campus smoking from all of the main outdoor areas later this month. Smoking is to be restricted to three designated smoking shelters at locations across the campus to create a “smoke-free environment” around the main buildings. The initiative “Smoke Less Campus” will be implemented from Valentine’s Day, February 14th, [...]


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