Taipei to ban smoking around convenience stores, coffee shops from Sept. 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taipei will ban smoking in front of 15 convenience store chains and cafes starting on Sept. 1. Huang Shier-chieg (黃世傑), head of the city's department of health, on Monda...

E-cigarette giant Juul's campaign donations favor Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and ca...

Iceland cuts teen drinking with curfews, youth centers

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The clock strikes 10 p.m. on a Friday night when the "Parent Patrol" enters a popular playground in suburban Reykjavik. The teens turn down the music and reach for their phon...

Juul exec: Never intended vaping device to be used by teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive for vaping giant Juul Labs told House lawmakers Thursday that his company never intended its electronic cigarette to be adopted by underage teenagers and is working t...

Duterte: Philippines can’t stop China in disputed seas, won’t risk clash

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday there was no way to stop Chinese from fishing in his country’s exclusive economic zone and he would not risk los...

New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state's governor. The change, which takes effect in 120 days, w...

Outdoor smoking now banned in Sweden in certain places

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An outdoor smoking ban in Sweden in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms, has taken effect. The ban, which started Monday, means ...

San Francisco weighs 1st US city ban on e-cigarette sales

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth ...

Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves

WASHINGTON (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China. In a complex of lofty tombs...

FDA targets vaping 'influencers' for online promotions

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other socia...

In Greece, Rick Pitino slams fans for smoking at games

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino has criticized fans of the Greek club for smoking and lighting flares during games, saying they are showing a lack of respect for the players. ...

Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarettes aren't considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart. Longtime smokers wh...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this s...

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Today in History Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2019. There are 222 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 23, 1...

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___ Escalation in Trump tariffs looms over US-China trade talks WASHINGTON (AP) — The two countries are sparring over U.S. allegations that China steals technology ...