2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into e...

Sweden moves to ban outdoor smoking

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden is banning outdoor smoking in certain public places, including playgrounds and train station platforms. In a 142-120 vote Wednesday, the Riksdagen extended th...

Romania: Nightclub safety still a problem despite 2015 blaze

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say 280 nightclubs are still operating without fire safety permits — a report published three years since a nightclub fire in Bucharest killed 64 people....

Popular Danish singer-songwriter Kim Larsen dies at 72

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish rebel singer, songwriter and guitarist Kim Larsen, who enjoyed huge popularity in his home country, has died. He was 72. Danish media dedicated many...

Smoking ban on Taipei's Elephant Mountain starts May 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei City Government will invoke a smoking ban on Elephant Mountain starting May 1. This is the municipal government's first legal action taken towards elimi...

Thailand bans smoking on 24 popular beaches

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Thailand announced on Feb. 1, that smoking has been banned from 24 beaches throughout the country. Penalties for sm...

Taiwan moves towards a total ban on 'vaping'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Executive Yuan of Taiwan is considering an amendment to current Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act, which would make the manufacture, importation, sale and advertising of ...

Gov. Cuomo signs bill banning e-cigarettes in NY workplaces

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York has added electronic cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban, making it illegal to use the devices in bars, restaurants and most workplaces. While New York ...

Oregon state senator: Sexual harassment common in Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A female state senator who accused a male colleague of inappropriate touching said Monday she's heard accounts from other women in the Oregon State Capitol of such behavior by men a...

Lawsuit challenges Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The trial lawyer who led the effort to allow marijuana for medical uses in Florida filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state's decision to ban smokable forms of the plant. ...

Czech Republic enforces smoking ban after years of debate

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is enforcing a smoking ban in bars, restaurants and cafes, putting to an end to the country's status as one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe. ...

Study: China struggles to kick world-leading cigarette habit

BEIJING (AP) — A decade-long study has found that most smokers in China, the world's largest consumer of tobacco, have no intention of quitting and remain unaware of the damaging health effects. ...

Up in Smoke: Regulations on indoor smoking to be relaxed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Smokers are breathing a sigh of relief, while nonsmokers will be gasping for air now that a draft amendment to the Tobacco Hazards Prevention Act has scrapped plans to ban smo...

Anti-smoking group seeks to raise legal smoking age to 20

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s anti-smoking group held a press conference on Wednesday calling for higher legal smoking age and completely smoke-free workplaces and indoor public places. The...

Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate

NEW YORK (AP) — New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg urged world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump's lead on climate change and declared his intention to help save an international agreem...