Gov. Dayton Surprised By $32 Million Tobacco Tax BreakMinnesota's largest anti-smoking advocacy groups denounced a tobacco tax break Tuesday, which passed on the last day of the 2016 legislative session. Those groups are now pressuring Gov. Mark Dayton to veto the entire tax bill.
Man Sentenced For Illegally Buying, Selling $4M Of TobaccoA 40-year-old man was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for illegally buying and shipping millions of dollars worth of tobacco products to Minnesota. Rashid Fehmi Ibrahim was convicted of six counts of shipment, transport, receive, possess, sell, distribute and purchase contraband smokeless tobacco.
Want To Kick Smoking For Good? Don't Give UpIf you smoke cigarettes, or know someone who does, you probably know how hard it is to quit. But the good news is doctors say more Americans are kicking the habit, and fewer teenagers are picking it up.
St. Paul City Council Restricts Sale Of Flavored Tobacco, Ups Price Of CigarsThe St. Paul City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday that would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores and raise the minimum price of cigars to $2.60 each.
Mpls. Tobacco Shops Bracing For Incoming Price Hike On SmokesMinneapolis residents who use tobacco will have to pay more to light up come New Year’s Day. The Minneapolis City Council voted to increase the price of flavored tobacco and cigars come Jan. 1.
Eden Prairie Man Charged With 2 Tobacco Tax-Related FeloniesAn Eden Prairie business owner has been charged with two tax-related felonies after officials recovered untaxed tobacco products in his business. Hani Hassan Kotifani, of Eden Prairie, has been charged with one count of possession of untaxed tobacco products and one count of purchasing tobacco from unlicensed sellers.
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.

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