Illegal Cigarettes
5:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho Big Supplier

Credit Tax Foundation/Mackinac Center for Public Policy


Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state. That estimate comes from a new study by two think tanks from back East. They compared actual legal sales in a state against the level you would expect to see based on its smoking rate. From that, they came up with a smuggling estimate. The study pegs low-tax Idaho as a major source of smuggled cigarettes. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Smoking In Cars
4:05 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Lawmakers Vote To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children Present


Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 5:11 pm

Oregon lawmakers signed off Monday on a measure that makes it illegal to smoke in a car when there are children present. Drivers could only be ticketed for the offense if they've already been pulled over for something else.

Supporters include Republican representative Jim Thompson. He told colleagues that the bill seeks to protect children from an obvious harm.

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Smoking In Cars
4:09 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Oregon Senate Votes To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children Present

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Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 3:25 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Some Oregon lawmakers want to make it against the law to smoke in a vehicle when children are present. The Oregon Senate Wednesday approved a measure that would prohibit lighting up when anyone under the age of 18 is riding along.

Opponents called the bill an example of government intrusion. But supporters including Democrat Elizabeth Steiner Hayward say the legislation would protect children from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

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