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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 Looking To See If E-Cigs Curb Smoking Habits

A new study is looking into whether or not e-cigarettes are an effective way to stop, or cut back on smoking as many smokers turn to them as an alternative. Electronic cigarettes turn a liquid solution into a vapor, and some contain nicotine.

03/24/2014

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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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Lung Cancer Screenings Recommended For Heavy Smokers

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Doctors say it kills more patients every year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

02/05/2014

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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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Rybak Undergoes Second Heart Procedure

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak successfully underwent a procedure Monday afternoon to remove a blockage from an artery. He’s recovering from a life-threatening heart attack which he suffered Saturday after cross-country skiing for nearly eight miles. Before Monday’s procedure, the former mayor continued his light-hearted banter on Twitter, posting a picture of himself in a hospital gown, framed as a GQ magazine cover.

01/06/2014

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40 AGs Urge Regulation Of e-Cigarettes, Including MN’s

Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

09/24/2013

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New Rules For Smoking At The State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is now just two days away, and there are new rules for people who like to light up on the fairgrounds.

08/20/2013

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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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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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Four Habits Of The Healthiest People

There’s a new study out there this morning outlining the four healthiest habits you can have. Researchers at Johns Hopkins said the healthiest people exercise regularly, eat a Mediterranean-style diet, maintain a normal weight and don’t smoke.

06/03/2013

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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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FDA: It’s ‘OK’ To Use Nicotine For Longer

Some helpful news for people who are trying to break the smoking habit.

04/01/2013

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