Minneapolis Passes Ordinance Limiting Flavored Tobacco AvailabilityThe Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance Friday morning cracking down on the availability of flavored tobacco products in the city. Beginning next year, flavor tobacco products will only be allowed for sale by tobacco-only retailers.
Charges: Man Had $30K Of Untaxed TobaccoTax officials say a man faces tax crime charges after evading state taxes following a purchase of $30,000 worth of tobacco products from an out-of-state wholesaler.
Study: High School Smoking Fell As e-Cigarette Use BoomedTeen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The number of high school students who tried e-cigarettes tripled in one year — to more than 13 percent.
Lab Tests Imply Formaldehyde Risk In Some E-Cigarette VaporUsing certain electronic cigarettes at high temperature settings could potentially release more formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical, than smoking traditional cigarettes does, new lab tests suggest. The research does not prove a health risk — it involved limited testing on just one brand of e-cigarettes and was done in test tubes, not people. It also does not mean e-cigarettes are better or worse than regular ones; tobacco smoke contains dozens of things that can cause cancer.
1 In 8 Minnesota Teens Smoke E-CigarettesWhile a new survey shows tobacco use by Minnesota high school students has declined in recent years, state health officials are concerned about the rising number of young people using electronic cigarettes. The state's latest survey on youth tobacco use released Monday found one in in eight high school students used e-cigarettes recently.
St. Paul Council Votes To Ban Sale Of Cheap, Single CigarsThe St. Paul City Council approved a new ordinance Wednesday night that aims to cease the sale of cheap, single cigars. Stores have 30 days to change the price of the cigars to at least $2.10, or to start selling them in packs of 5.
Minnesota Man Convicted Of Arms SmugglingA federal jury has convicted a Minnesota man of smuggling arms to Nigeria and lying on firearms purchase records. Fifty-one-year-old Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed was convicted of one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. and 17 counts of providing false statements while purchasing a firearm.
Wider E-Cigarette Curbs Survive Key Vote Supporters of defining electronic cigarettes in the same light as traditional tobacco products won a key round Monday in the Minnesota Legislature. By an 11-8 vote, lawmakers pushing for tough regulations on the fast-spreading devices defeated an effort to pare back their bill.
Minnesota's New US Attorney Plans New InitiativesMinnesota's new chief federal prosecutor says he's launching initiatives to combat human trafficking, heroin, fraud, violent crime and identity theft. It's an ambitious agenda for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, who was sworn in Feb. 14. He filled a post last held by B. Todd Jones, who juggled dual roles for two years as both U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington until the Senate finally confirmed him as director last July.
Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into CommitteeGov. 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.
Luger Confirmed As Minnesota's Next US Attorney The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former federal prosecutor Andy Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Luger, an experienced litigator who is now in private practice, said he expects to join the U.S. Attorney's Office in the next couple of days.
CVS Plans To Stop Tobacco Product SalesCVS 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.