Cigarettes http://kut.org en How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/how-central-texas-cities-regulate-or-dont-regulate-e-cigarettes <p><strong>Update: </strong>The City of Kyle has banned the possession of e-cigarettes by minors.</p><p>The Kyle City Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance – making it illegal for minors to use e-cigarettes and for businesses or individuals to sell or distribute them to anyone under 18.</p><p>The ordinance was researched and development by the Kyle Youth Advisory Council – made up of local high schoolers – who say they were concerned about the trend.</p><p>Those who break the rule could face a fine of up to $500 and be required to perform community service or attend a tobacco-awareness program. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:29:36 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10207 at http://kut.org How Central Texas Cities Regulate (or Don't Regulate) E-Cigarettes FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/fda-moves-regulate-increasingly-popular-e-cigarettes The Food and Drug Administration Thursday proposed regulating e-cigarettes for the first time.<p>The agency unveiled a long-awaited <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/25/2014-09491/sale-and-distribution-of-tobacco-products-and-required-warning-statements-for-tobacco-products">rule</a> that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.<p>"It's a huge change," FDA Commissioner <a href="http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/commissionerspage/default.htm">Margaret Hamburg</a> told reporters in a briefing Wedn Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:46:23 +0000 Rob Stein 10291 at http://kut.org FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/cities-take-lead-regulating-electronic-cigarettes Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes.<p>The City Council there <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0305-e-cigarettes-20140305,0,2449939.story#axzz2v6XkLd7s">voted unanimously </a>on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches.<p>If the mayor signs the ordinance, L.A. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:06:06 +0000 Nancy Shute 9895 at http://kut.org Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes CVS Decision to Drop Cigarettes Reverberates in Austin http://kut.org/post/cvs-decision-drop-cigarettes-reverberates-austin <p>On Wednesday, the CVS Pharmacy chain announced&nbsp;that on Oct. 1, all locations would <a href="http://kut.org/post/cvs-stop-selling-tobacco-products">cease selling cigarettes and tobacco products</a>.</p><p>With nearly 13 percent of Austin adults calling themselves active smokers, the decision could have a lasting effect on the city.</p><p>The move was applauded by entities including the American Cancer Society and the White House. Dr. Philip Huang, medical director for Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, has similar praises for the pharmacy chain.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:42:24 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9724 at http://kut.org CVS Decision to Drop Cigarettes Reverberates in Austin E-Cigarettes Taking Off In Texas http://kut.org/post/e-cigarettes-taking-texas <p>You won’t find the Marlboro Man pushing tobacco on TV anymore, but you will find other familiar faces flaunting electronic cigarettes. Celebrities including Jenny McCarthy, Stephen Dorff and Courtney Love have signed on to pitch the devices, and national sales of e-cigarettes have caught fire.</p><p>In North Texas, e-cigarettes are big business, even though physicians worry they aren’t as benign as we’re being told.&nbsp;There are very few rules on where you can use them, so usually, it’s inhale before you inquire.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:25:00 +0000 Lauren Silverman, KERA News 8674 at http://kut.org E-Cigarettes Taking Off In Texas Big Tobacco Beats Small Tobacco on Tax Vote http://kut.org/post/big-tobacco-beats-small-tobacco-tax-vote <p>Small cigarette manufacturers would face new state fees on their sales under a measure that passed the Texas House in a preliminary vote on Monday —&nbsp;a big win for Big Tobacco.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill passed 85-53.&nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s four largest tobacco companies currently pay more than half a billion dollars to the state every year as part of a 1998 lawsuit settlement. They have for years lobbied for small cigarette manufacturers, which were not included in the $17 billion settlement, to face a similar financial penalty.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:40:29 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7638 at http://kut.org Big Tobacco Beats Small Tobacco on Tax Vote AM Update: DREAM Begins for Some, Voter Registration Decision Upheld, Tobacco Settlement Revisited http://kut.org/post/am-update-dream-begins-some-voter-registration-decision-upheld-tobacco-settlement-revisited <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Program To Help Young Undocumented Immigrants Begins</b></p><p class="MsoNormal">An Obama administration executive order takes effect today that provides some protection from deportation for young undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. The order is seen as something of a work around by the administration after Congress failed to pass the so-called&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/dream-order-obama-did-what-presidents-do-act-without-congress">DREAM Act</a>&nbsp;earlier this year.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:47:36 +0000 Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4882 at http://kut.org AM Update: DREAM Begins for Some, Voter Registration Decision Upheld, Tobacco Settlement Revisited Hold On to Your Butts: Fire Department Sees Six Cigarette Fires in One Day http://kut.org/post/hold-your-butts-fire-department-sees-six-cigarette-fires-one-day <p>The <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/fire">Austin Fire Department</a> is reminding everyone to be extra careful to prevent grass fires.</p><p>Fire crews responded to 12 calls about small grass fires yesterday afternoon, mostly along major roads.&nbsp;The fire department says the flare-ups were probably caused by cigarette butts.</p><p>Travis County Commissioners put a <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/burn-ban-back-effect-travis-county" target="_blank">burn ban back in effect</a> on Tuesday. Cigarettes are not included in the burn ban, but the Austin Police Department will issue tickets for littering to anyone they see improperly dispose of their butts.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 19:04:36 +0000 Olivia Gordon & Laura Rice 4574 at http://kut.org Hold On to Your Butts: Fire Department Sees Six Cigarette Fires in One Day Mayor Leffingwell Doesn't Like Austin-Branded Camel Cigarettes http://kut.org/post/mayor-leffingwell-doesnt-austin-branded-camel-cigarettes <p>As <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/anti-tobacco-activists-say-austin-branded-smokes-are-aimed-kids">we told you last week</a>, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says RJ Reynolds will start selling limited edition Camel cigarette packs this winter. The packaging will feature the symbols of America's hippest locales, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and of course, Austin, Texas.</p><p>That's not sitting well with many elected officials from those municipalities. Now you can add Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell to the list of disgruntled public authorities.</p><p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 21:12:04 +0000 Nathan Bernier 377 at http://kut.org Mayor Leffingwell Doesn't Like Austin-Branded Camel Cigarettes Anti-Tobacco Activists Say Austin-Branded Smokes Are Aimed at Kids http://kut.org/post/anti-tobacco-activists-say-austin-branded-smokes-are-aimed-kids <p>The maker of Camel Cigarettes, RJ Reynolds, will start selling limited edition cigarette packs later this year that feature the symbols of America's hippest locales, Williamsburg, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and of course, Austin, Texas.</p><p>That’s according to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which has posted <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/anti-tobacco-activists-say-austin-branded-smokes-are-aimed-kids">imagery of the marketing campaign</a> on its website.</p> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 19:48:34 +0000 Nathan Bernier 340 at http://kut.org Anti-Tobacco Activists Say Austin-Branded Smokes Are Aimed at Kids