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New England News
12:08 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Mass. Attorney General Wants To Ban E-Cigarette Sales To Minors

The Massachusetts Attorney General is proposing to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  There is currently a void in Massachusetts regulations that has led to a patchwork of local restrictions on the sale and use of the new product.  

       Attorney General Maura Healey Tuesday proposed regulations that would treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products, including banning sales to people under 18 years old, prohibiting free give-a-ways or sampling, require the products be kept behind store counters, and banning vending machine sales except in adults-only establishments.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Tobacco Regulations Take Effect In Pittsfield

Signs at city-owned parks, like Pontoosuc Lake Park seen here, show that smoking is not allowed.
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New tobacco regulations aimed to curb youth smoking and reduce second-hand smoke in public areas went into effect today in the city of Pittsfield, Mass.

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New York News
8:23 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Albany County Legislature Votes To Block Tobacco Sales In Pharmacies

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Albany County lawmakers voted 21-17 last night to become the first community in New York to block the sale of tobacco products in retail stores that contain licensed pharmacies. The ban would apply to all major pharmacy chains as well as other stores, like supermarkets, that contain pharmacies. Fines would start at $200 and go as high as $1,000 per violation. The legislation now heads to County Executive Dan McCoy’s desk for his signature. However, a spokesperson for McCoy says he plans to review it and hold a public hearing.

Capital Region News
4:17 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Albany Tobacco-free Parks Ordinance Up For Vote Tonight

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The Albany Common Council could decide tonight to expand its smoking ban in city parks. If passed, the measure would carry a 50 dollar fine and go into effect immediately.

It is already against the law to smoke on playgrounds or ball-fields in the city. Back in 2012, the Albany Common Council approved a limited ban on smoking in areas of parks where children gather, including playgrounds, athletic fields and swimming pools.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

New Smoking Restrictions In Effect In Vermont

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A new law restricting smoking in Vermont went into effect Tuesday. Its provisions include banning smoking in cars when children under 8 are in the vehicle.

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New England News
8:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Vermont Set To Ban Smoking In Cars With Kids

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Vermont's top public health official is hopeful a series of new laws restricting smoking will encourage more people to quit.

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Hudson Valley News
1:33 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Smoking Ban Comes To NY Playgrounds

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation banning smoking at playgrounds.

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New England News
2:44 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Mass. Smoke-Free Advocates Saw Big Gains in 2012

Great Barrington, Mass. is including smokeless electronic cigarettes with traditional tobacco products in prohibition from use in certain areas.

In 2012 communities across Massachusetts have taken strides to limit tobacco use in public places and businesses. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at what some communities are doing to reduce smoking, and what some hope to achieve in the new year…

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New York News
7:54 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Cuomo Administration Eases Smoke Ban

The Cuomo administration is suspending its restrictions on smoking in parks, pools, beaches and historic sites after a smokers' rights groups objected. WAMC’s Dave Lucas reports.

The administration says Tuesday the measures will be voluntary for at least two months while a full rule-making process including public comment is concluded.

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