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Town Withdraws Tobacco Ban Proposal

Health officials in a small Massachusetts town have withdrawn a first-in-the-nation proposal to ban all tobacco sales.

Westminster's board of health voted 2-1 at its regular meeting Wednesday to drop the proposal, a week after rowdy opposition led them to end a public hearing early

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The Annual Smokeout Is Thursday

 

The Great American Smokeout is this Thursday. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit the habit on the third Thursday of each November.

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Massachusetts Town May Become The First To Ban All Tobacco Sales

The town of Westminster, Massachusetts, may become the first in the nation to outlaw the sale of all tobacco products, with its Board of Health set to hear comments from the public this week on the proposed ban

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Should Cigarette Sales Be Banned On Military Bases

 

There's a battle brewing as the Defense Department considers whether to ban the sale of cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco on military bases and ships, with some critics saying it's unfair to service members who are already sacrificing for their country.

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Council Wants Ban On Synthetic Smoking Drugs

Over a dozen states have passed laws banning synthetic cannabis, but Massachusetts isn't one of them.

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Boston Approves Ban on Smoking in City-Run Parks

The Boston parks and Recreation Commission has approved a ban on smoking in city-run parks.

The ban approved Monday takes effect immediately and applies to tobacco, marijuana and other "lighted or vaporized" substances

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Today is the Day to Kick the Habit

The Great American Smokeout is helping Americans kick the habit.

American Cancer Society spokesman Robin Brown says the annual event helps smokers take an important step toward a healthier life

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Report: Underage Tobacco Sales at Record Lows

New statistics show that the sale of tobacco to minors in the U.S. were held near all-time lows last year under a federal-state inspection program intended to curb underage usage.

A federal report issued Tuesday by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration says that the rate of retail tobacco sales to underage users nationwide has fallen from about 40 percent in 1997, to 9

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Are E-Cigarettes Harmful to Your Health?

They market e-cigarettes as a great alternative to smoking cigarettes, that pollute the air and cause cancer, but are these electronic vapor devices safe for your use?

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New York State Makes Novelty Lighters Illegal

Before the New York State Assembly called it quits for the summer they managed to pass one more law banning novelty lighters in the state. 

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