Category Archives: tobacco

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Raises Minimum Age to Buy Tobacco To 21

Following the passage of a new spending package at the end of December, the age for purchasing tobacco in the U.S. has now changed. Specifically, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raised the age from 18 to 21. Spending Package Initiates Change to Tobacco Rules The new change was part of a $1.4 trillion […]

Data Shows Three American Metro Areas Where Pot is More Popular Than Tobacco

If you’re out and about in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco, you’ll probably have more luck scoring a toke than bumming a smoke.  That’s according to fresh market research data from Nielsen, which measured the ubiquity of marijuana and nicotine in various United States metropolitan areas.  The data, which was detailed in a story published […]

American Lung Association Advises Smokers to Quit Rather Than Switch to E-Cigs

E-cigarette makers have long billed their products as a safer alternative to smoking, a way for consumers to wean themselves off the real thing. The American Lung Association is challenging that approach.  On Wednesday, the nonprofit health organization launched a campaign urging smokers to “quit, don’t switch.” “One of the biggest problems with e-cigarettes is […]

Japanese Company Giving Non-Smokers Extra Days Off In Lieu Of Cigarette Breaks

At long last, a company is making things equitable for its employees who aren’t hooked on cigarettes.  The Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. has decided to award its non-smoking employees with an additional six days off every year in an effort to counterbalance the amount of time spent on cigarette breaks by employees who do […]

FDA Endorses Tobacco Pouches As Safer Than Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, U.S. health regulators have endorsed a brand of tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes, a decision that could open the door to other less risky options for smokers. The milestone announcement on Tuesday from the Food and Drug Administration marks the government’s first backing of a so-called […]

Vapers May No Longer Pay Less For Life Insurance Than Smokers

A major U.S. insurance company is planning to increase life insurance premiums for its customers who vape. The move by Prudential will bring rates for customers who use e-cigarettes into alignment with those charged smokers, the company said in a statement on Thursday. “Prudential will reclassify users of e-cigarettes to treat them as smokers and […]

US Department of Veterans Affairs Makes All Healthcare Facilities Smoke-Free

The Department of Veterans Affairs ushered in a new policy this week making its healthcare facilities completely smoke-free.  Most notably, the policy, which took effect on Tuesday, eliminates designated smoking shelters that had been a fixture at many VA hospitals. Now, smoking is strictly prohibited on the grounds of all such facilities, a ban that […]

Juul Stops Advertising E-Cigarettes And Replaces CEO With Tobacco Executive

Juul Labs is halting all U.S. advertising of its e-cigarettes and replacing its CEO amid a nationwide backlash against vaping. The largest e-cigarette maker also said Wednesday it won’t fight a sweeping ban on flavors proposed by the Trump administration to reverse a surge in underage vaping. Juul’s CEO will be replaced by a senior […]

New Poll Finds American Marijuana Use Roughly Even With Cigarette Smoking

Your chances of encountering an American who smokes cigarettes is just about as likely as crossing paths with one who smokes weed. That’s just one takeaway from a new Gallup poll, which found that the rate of cigarette smoking in the country has plummeted to an historic low. According to the survey, just 15 percent […]