How smokers have boosted state tax revenue during the pandemic

Mar 16, 2021
Some states got an unexpected bump from tobacco taxes. The number of people smoking has declined steadily, except in 2020.
A fair amount of money gained from "sin taxes" on products like tobacco helps fund antismoking campaigns.
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As casinos reopen amid COVID-19, researchers question the safety of smoking

Sep 11, 2020
Some public health researchers are raising concerns about secondhand smoke particles potentially latching onto COVID-19, but Nevada continues to allow patrons to light up
A sign at Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada, informs patrons of new protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevada has not banned smoking at casinos, unlike some tribal and state governments that have imposed bans, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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Should tobacco product sales be banned during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Apr 13, 2020
Some health groups point to early research that indicates smoking and vaping can make COVID-19 symptoms worse.
Some medical experts think that smoking and vaping can make symptoms worse.
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Study suggests taxes on e-cigarettes have an unintended consequence

Dec 31, 2019
A new NBER paper finds that taxes on e-cigarettes create barriers for adults looking to use e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking.
People take part in a rally at the steps of City Hall after New York City Council vote on legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes on November 26, 2019.
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When it pays to smoke with the boss

Dec 9, 2019
Male smokers who work for other male smokers get promoted faster, according to new research.
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Juul pulls social media accounts ahead of FDA regulations

Nov 14, 2018
E-cigarette company, Juul announced it’s taking steps to curb its appeal to potential underage users. It has made its Facebook and Instagram accounts inactive. Juul also is pulling several flavored tobacco products, including mango, cucumber and fruit, from retail stores until sellers adopt a new age-verification system limiting buyers to 21 and older. Critics of […]
An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC on Oct. 2, 2018. 
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New surgeon general report says vaping is a threat to kids

Dec 8, 2016
E-cigs are popular among high schoolers, but the government says the nicotine can hurt developing brains.
E-cigarettes are displayed at Gone With the Smoke Vapor Lounge on May 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. 
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Big tobacco could get bigger

Oct 21, 2016
British American Tobacco's $47 billion bid to take over Reynolds American signals the U.S. cigarette market is still very profitable.
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Smoking rates are down, but that doesn't tell the whole story

Aug 5, 2016
A government analysis found broad surveys are masking high smoking numbers among Korean-Americans and Puerto Ricans.
 
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To curb smoking, France adopts 'neutral' packaging

May 20, 2016
Colorful brand logos are now banned — French cigarette packs must be beige.
A French cigarette package.
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