Tobacco

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Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of Health John Wiesman say adults shouldn’t be allowed to buy tobacco products until they are 21 years old.

They spoke in favor of a bill that would raise the age for access to tobacco products from 18 to 21. While no states have done this, a few cities have. Weisman says Needham, Massachusetts saw a big drop in tobacco use among teens.

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Some cities and counties around the Northwest are tightening up local rules on businesses that sell e-cigarettes. And shop owners in Washington state are bracing for a tax fight at the legislature in 2015.

King Mountain Tobacco website

A federal judge in Eastern Washington has ruled a cigarette maker on the Yakama Reservation owes $58 million in unpaid taxes and penalties. The privately owned tobacco company has tried - so far unsuccessfully - to assert a treaty right to trade tax free. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.