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Bill Imposing Rules On E-Cigs Sent To Dayton

Minnesota’s first regulations for electronic cigarettes are a step from becoming law. By wide margins, the Legislature adopted a health policy bill Thursday night most notable for the e-cigarette rules.

05/15/2014

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Toughest E-Cig Restrictions Won’t Advance

An attempt to treat electronic cigarettes like regular smokes has stalled in the Minnesota Legislature.

05/13/2014

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Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into Committee

Gov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.

03/26/2014

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Study: Cheeseburgers As Bad For You As Cigarettes

Eating a cheeseburger could be as bad for you as smoking cigarettes. This is according to researchers at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology, who tracked the diets of more than 6,300 over 50 for almost two decades.

03/05/2014

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CVS Plans To Stop Tobacco Product Sales

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation’s second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1.

02/05/2014

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1-Time Minn. Tobacco ‘Floor Tax’ Yields $30.4M

A one-time tax on cigarette supplies has generated more than $30.4 million, most of which will be used as a backup funding stream for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Department of Revenue released new details Tuesday.

08/20/2013

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Cigarette Tax Hike Pushing Smokers To Quit…Or To Wis. Stores

It’s been a month since the state’s cigarette sales tax increased by more than a dollar and-a-half a pack. That’s brought the total tax on cigarettes to more than $2.80 per pack.

08/02/2013

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Pricier Pack Has Smokers Flooding Quitplan Services 4-Fold

Doctors have been searching for years for a solution to help people quit smoking, and now one factor has helped significantly — the cost. In the first week of Minnesota’s new higher tax on cigarettes, nearly 2,500 Minnesotans visited the Quitplan Services website and 400 people called the hotline for help in quitting.

07/24/2013

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Cigarette Tax Goes Up In Minnesota.

Is the $1.60 a pack tax too much for smokers?

07/01/2013

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Looming MN Cigarette Tax Hike Spurs Buying Frenzy

A big jump in the state’s cigarette tax is still more than two weeks away, but it’s already having a huge impact on smokers. They’re stocking up and changing their habits.

06/11/2013

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Minn. Edges Toward 6th Highest Cigarette Tax

Minnesota is weeks away from having the nation’s sixth highest tax on cigarettes when the new $2.83-a-pack charge kicks in. The Minnesota Department of Revenue on Thursday put a finer point on tax changes the Legislature approved in May. Increases in tobacco taxes were key parts of a new state budget.

06/06/2013

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New Cigarette Tax Could Means More Revenue, Less Smokers

Outside downtown office buildings, many smokers didn’t want to talk about the possibility of a tax that will push a lot of cigarettes into the $8-a-pack range. Dan Jones says the tax may be the push he needs “It’s a tax on something that you don’t need… I’m ok with it actually “Jones said. “Who knows, maybe it will finally give me the motivation I need to stop doing it.”

05/20/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Sort Out Tax Increase Details

Leading Minnesota lawmakers have sorted out a tax package that is the linchpin of the next state budget. The top two percent of income earners will pay two percent more on a portion of their income. The per-pack tax on cigarettes will rise by $1.60. Some corporate tax preferences will go away. But there won’t be any changes to the alcohol tax.

05/16/2013

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To Smoke, Or Not? In Minn., That Is The Question

Theater employees in Minnesota are pushing back against a call to ban smoking on stage.

03/04/2013

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