Tobacco

Tobacco
4:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Wash. Attorney General Wants To Limit Access To Tobacco To 21 And Over

According to the Washington State Health Department smoking kills more than 8,000 people each year.
Credit Ferran Jorda / Flickr

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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E-Cigarette Regulations
7:28 am
Fri January 2, 2015

More Restrictions May Be Coming For 'Vape Shops' In 2015

Brad Bellinger is the owner of Lilac City Vapor, an electronic cigarette store in Spokane.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

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.

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Tobacco
6:58 am
Mon September 8, 2014

$58 Million Judgment Adds To Woes Of Cigarette Maker On Yakama Reservation

King Mountain Tobacco grows a portion of the tobacco it manufactures into cigarettes on the Yakama reservation.
Credit 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.

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