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Jan 27, 2023

Arizona gets failing grades in Lung Association tobacco report card

Arizona lags behind in policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. The state received failing grades in three of five categories and did not improve on any of its grades from last year.

Nov 28, 2021

Nicotine tax raises price to quit smoking

Leaders in Washington can do better – members of Arizona’s congressional delegation should stand up for smokers trying to quit and oppose new proposals that tax nicotine. If we want to help solve the problem that tens of millions of Americans face each day in trying to quit smoking, then vapes need to be sold over the counter. 

May 24, 2019

Lawmaker drops bid to raise age to smoke, vape

Arizonans who are 18, 19 and 20 will continue to be able to smoke and vape, at least for the time being.

Jun 16, 2017

Negative ads motivate smokers to call Arizona’s helpline

The Arizona Department of Health Services rolled out sleek new television advertisements featuring popular sports coaches to promote its smoking cessation hotline. They didn’t really work.

Feb 6, 2017

House committee moves to increase Arizona smoking age to 21

Despite one lawmaker’s protests that if age 18 is old enough to go to war, it’s old enough to smoke, a House committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to a measure that would raise the legal smoking age in Arizona to 21.

A helicopter battling the Slide Fire in Coconino National Forest which cost $10.2 million to contain as it burned more than 20,000 acres. The fire, which started May 20, was fully contained this week. (Photo by Mark Brady/U.S. Forest Service)
Apr 29, 2015

Violating campfire restrictions now requires court date

Anyone cited for violating restrictions on campfires or smoking in Arizona's national forests will have to show up in court.

Oct 21, 2014

Ruling: Medical pot can lead to DUI, even if driver isn’t impaired

A medical marijuana card is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for motorists found with active components of the drug in their system, no matter how little, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Jun 23, 2014

Not just smokers: Every woman is at risk for lung cancer

Every five minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer, including nearly 2,000 this year from Arizona. Half of these women will not be alive a year later, and two-thirds of women diagnosed never smoked or are former smokers. The American Lung Association is racing against the clock to save women’s lives, and to raise awareness of the facts that lung cancer is the number o[...]

Dec 9, 2013

Medical marijuana businesses worry about legalization legislation

Phoenix Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego’s proposed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona has some in the medical marijuana industry worried about losing their businesses.

Arizona among states to reach settlement with US cigarette makers
Dec 19, 2012

Arizona among states to reach settlement with US cigarette makers

Three U.S. cigarette makers say they have reached a settlement with 17 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico to resolve a dispute over payments required under a 1998 anti-smoking agreement.

Feb 3, 2011

Committee OKs bill to toughen penalties for minors buying tobacco with fake IDs

A Senate committee endorsed legislation Wednesday that would escalate penalties for minors who use fake IDs to purchase tobacco products.

Jun 22, 2009

Senate acts on scores of bills, shoots down texting ban

Bills to ban texting while driving, smoking in a car with a minor fail The Arizona Senate has rejected legislation that aimed to ban texting while driving on all state roadways. Senators also have voted down a measure that would have prohibited smoking in a car if a minor is in the vehicle.