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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of new Virginia laws will be going into effect on Monday.

One of the biggest items that passed during the legislative session earlier this year was a measure that ends the suspension of driver's licenses of people with unpaid court debt. The Department of Motor Vehicles said it sent 500,000 letters to Virginia residents with suspended licenses advising them how to get their license back starting July 1.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

House members voted 25-16 for the measure Thursday, with one Democrat joining Republican opponents.

The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney.

Retailers caught selling any tobacco product or tobacco substitute to someone under 18 would face criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would face civil penalties of similar amounts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have scheduled a vote on a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

The measure cleared the Senate 14-to-6 last month, and a House vote is scheduled for Thursday.

The new age restriction would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill to raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

The House of Delegates voted 101-35 on Wednesday to send the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan. The Maryland House agreed to a change made by the Senate to allow an exception for active-duty members of the military. Under the bill, people who are 18 and can show military identification would still be able to buy tobacco in Maryland.

The measure includes electronic smoking devices.

If the governor signs the bill, the law would take effect Oct. 1.

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot denounced the veto override of a measure that removes the authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from his office.

He said, “I salute Governor Hogan for doing the right thing in vetoing this disappointing piece of legislation. It’s going to cost the taxpayers fifty million dollars over five years. It’s a crazy bill.”

He added, “The governor described it as a solution in search of a problem.”

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has removed regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the comptroller's office.

Lawmakers in the House and Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the measure.

The bill created a battle between Comptroller Peter Franchot and fellow Democrats who hold a supermajority in both chambers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15, as well as a measure to give local school boards the ability to decide whether school starts before or after Labor Day.

The Republican governor announced the vetoes on Wednesday. He also vetoed a bill that would remove regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the Maryland comptroller's office.

Hogan says the minimum wage increase would hurt the state's economy. He says the other two bills are "politically motivated legislation." 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

A bill was approved on a 14-6 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House.

The legislation would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Retailers caught selling tobacco to a person under 18 would be slapped with criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would be subject to civil penalties of similar amounts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill raising the legal age to buy tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21.

A bill was approved on a 14-6 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House.

The legislation would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Retailers caught selling tobacco to a person under 18 would be slapped with criminal fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Those caught selling to people over 18 but under 21 would be subject to civil penalties of similar amounts.

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Governor John Carney kicked off the effort to raise the age for buying tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21.

During yesterday’s news conference the Delaware Democrat noted that many of the cardiovascular diseases arise from smoking.

Deborah Brown with the American Lung Association told WBOC that tobacco related diseases are a major driver behind the high cost of health care.

The state estimates that it costs Delaware around a half billion dollars each year.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are proposing to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.

A bill introduced Wednesday would apply to all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

The legislation also eliminates an existing provision allowing a parent or guardian to buy tobacco for an underage person.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for its tobacco production. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the bill, signed Thursday, received bipartisan support as well as backing from Altria, the nation's largest tobacco company.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's comptroller is denouncing a measure that would take regulatory powers over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline away from his office.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, said Wednesday the measure is an example of "the very darkest motivations of the Annapolis machine."

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(AP) The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is concerned about the toll smoking has taken on the African-American community and is leading an effort to impose restrictions on access to tobacco products.

The Washington Post reports the caucus is pushing for Maryland to join places that have raised the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Currently, six states have banned cigarettes sales to people younger than 21.

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An effort is underway to increase the age to buy tobacco in Delaware to 21.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the American Lung Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society have met a number of times to convince Delaware lawmakers to raise it from age 18.

They believe this will discourage the younger generation from using tobacco products.

Jonathan Kirch with the American Heart Association told the paper that he believes the legislation should get approval this year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is now state law.

Gov. Jack Markell signed the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The new law contains an exemption for businesses that sell electronic cigarettes if 80 percent of revenue comes from such products and the business meets certain other conditions.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban is about to become law.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to sign the ban on smoking e-cigarettes in indoor public areas in a ceremony Tuesday at a Wilmington restaurant.

The legislation adds electronic cigarettes to Delaware's existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House of Representatives has approved legislation adding electronic cigarettes to Delaware's indoor smoking ban.

The bill passed 29-to-11 Tuesday and now goes to the Senate. It adds electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or digital cigarettes, to the existing prohibition on smoking in restaurants, bars and other public places.

The bill was amended to exempt businesses that sell electronic cigarettes if 80 percent of revenue comes from such products and the business meets certain other conditions.

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The grades are in from the American Lung Association for efforts to control tobacco use.

Virginia got hit with an F for tobacco prevention, smoke free-air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services.

Meanwhile, Maryland picked up a failing grade for tobacco prevention.

But the state did get an A for smoke-free air.

The Association said Maryland still needs to do more when it comes to tobacco taxes and programs to quit smoking. It got a D.

Delaware did the best.

It recieved an A for smoke-free air and a B for Tobacco prevention.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on final legislative approval of a bill outlawing the sale of electronic cigarettes in Delaware to minors.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday is intended to treat tobacco substitutes such as electronic cigarettes the same as tobacco products under Delaware law.

More than 25 other states already prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.    

The penalty for selling to minors would be a $250 fine for the first offense, increasing to $1,000 for third and subsequent offenses.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers have introduced a bill adding electronic cigarettes to the state's indoor smoking ban.

The bill introduced Tuesday revises the Clean Indoor Air Act to prohibit the operation of electronic cigarettes in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited under current law.

The legislation states that lawmakers believe it is in the public's best interest to protect nonsmokers not just from secondhand tobacco smoke, but from emissions produced by electronic cigarettes as well.

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The Delaware House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

The bipartisan legislation makes punishment for such sales the same as for those involving the sale of tobacco to minors.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that lawmakers were concerned that there are too many unknown health risks to the state’s minors from e-cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate them.

The use of electronic cigarettes has skyrocket among those under the age of 18.

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If you stop by the local CVS store in October you won’t be able to by any tobacco products.It’s 76-hundred stores are dropping the product but managers hope to offset the loss by offering new health treatments and products  including smoking cessation program.

Delamrvans at a local CVS store in Salisbury said they were pleased with the decision.

The drug store chain that selling tobacco products was not consistent with its purpose of promoting health products.

 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The rainy spring and early summer has stalled the cutting of hay and prevented tobacco plants from setting deep roots.

But cooperative extension agents say the wet weather hasn't been all bad. Extension crop and soil sciences agent Stephen Barts says the rain has been good for soybean and corn crops.

On the negative side, wheat cutting was lagging because rain and high humidity. The combination is bad for harvesting the grain.

The longer wheat remains in the field, grain's quality declines.

Violations for contraband tobacco and alcohol were on the rise during the last fiscal year in Maryland.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot says that 196 people were charged with tobacco violations for the period that ended on July 1st.

He also said nearly $2 million worth of cigarettes were confiscated during the same period.

That’s nearly 326-thousand packs of cigarettes – up by over a 100-thousand during the same period the year before.