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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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[...]
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
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.
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.
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.