Md., Carroll fail to comply with federal rules against selling tobacco to minors

By Jon Kelvey, Carroll County Times


It's frustrating when a clerk sells tobacco to a minor against company policy, said Tom Moser, general manger of Jiffy Mart convenience stores for Tevis Oil, but it is also relatively rare.

Moser said the zero-tolerance policy on such sales, the identification checks for anyone who looks 40 or younger and regular reminders of those policies seem to make a difference.

"I think for the most part we have been pretty good," he said. "I have been with Tevis about eight years now, and I can count on the fingers of one hand where we have sold to a minor. But it has happened and, unfortunately, we have had to part ways with an associate when it has happened."

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Liquid Nicotine Exposures Up Sharply Among Kids

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine that gives hand-held vaporizing gadgets their kick also has spiked.

More than 2,700 people have called poison control this year to report an exposure to liquid nicotine, over half of those cases in children younger than 6, according to national statistics. The number shows a sharp rise from only a few hundred total cases just three years ago.

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Smoking, No. Vaping, Maybe. Without federal, state or local regulations, rules for using e-cigarettes are in flux

It's lunch time, and William Brown has stepped away from his desk for a nicotine fix in the lobby of the building where he works. The city employee isn't allowed to smoke here, but he can vape.

He flips the switch on his sleek black electronic cigarette, with its digital readout to gauge the nicotine, and inhales. He sucks in on the plastic tip and blows out a big white cloud that dissipates fast. People pass by, but Brown says he rarely gets a reaction.

"E-cigarettes have gotten so popular that when you spew out vapor, people put one and one together," said Brown, who works for the Municipal Telephone Exchange. "Though a year ago, I got a lot of 'What the heck is that?' I would go through the spiel of how it works and how it helped me stop smoking."

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Candy Flavors Put E - Cigarettes On Kids' Menu

Electronic cigarettes are often billed as a safe way for smokers to try to kick their habit. But it's not just smokers who are getting their fix this way. According to published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 middle school students who've tried one say they've never smoked a "real" cigarette. And between 2011 and 2012, e-cigarettes doubled in popularity among middle and high school students.

At a middle school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Viviana Turincio, an 8th grader, recently noticed some kids smoking in class—or at least, that's what it looked like.

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New Campaign to Stop Young Americans From Smoking

And back here at home tonight, a sobering warning about the fight against cancer around the world. Today, the World Health Organization sounded the alarm, predicting that in the next 20 years, the number of people diagnosed with cancer will skyrocket from 14 million to 22 million.

And so will the number of deaths. Up to 13 million. And the number one killer around the globe will be lung cancer.

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Health group proposes another $1 cigarette tax hike

Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative is proposing another dollar-per-pack increase to the state’s current $2 dollar cigarette tax. The cigarette tax has been raised three times in the last 15 years and has coincided with a 32% drop in cigarette smoking during that time, which is double the national average.

A Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids study estimates that the proposed tax increase is expected to raise roughly $100 million annually in state revenue. The campaign also estimates the increase will lead to a 11% decrease in youth smoking, prevent roughly 25,000 kids from becoming addicted and would save 14,000 Maryland lives from premature, smoking related deaths.

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Smoking ban in vehicles with children passes Senate

A controversial bill that would ban smoking in any vehicle with a passenger younger than 8 passed the state Senate 27-19 on Wednesday after debate that centered largely over the role of government.

Supporters argued that the bill was about protecting children from the toxins of secondhand smoke and cited a range of studies showing the negative effects tobacco products have on children. They said the age requirement was for enforcement reasons, noting that children younger than 8 are required to use a car seat, making it easier for police to spot.

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