Austin Bans E-Cigarette Use In Public AreasThe Austin City Council voted unanimously Thursday to add e-cigarettes to the list of tobacco products that are banned in public areas such as parks, restaurants and bars. The ban takes effect on July 3.
Three Gang Members Sentenced For Child Sex Trafficking ConspiracyThree men with ties to the Polywood Crips street gang in Fort Worth were sentenced for their respective roles in a child sex trafficking conspiracy.
Metal Objects In Some Cans Prompt Skoal Tobacco RecallSome varieties of Skoal, Copenhagen, Cope and Husky brand smokeless tobacco are being voluntarily recalled amid complaints of metal objects, some of them sharp, being spotted in cans.
Texas Lawmakers Try Again To Raise Minimum Smoking AgeThis may be the year that Texas lawmakers pass a measure raising the smoking age from 19 to 21 years old. State Sen. Carlos Uresti says this is the fourth or fifth time that he's tried to get the bill through.
Gwynn's Death Helped Change MLB's Tobacco CultureTony Gwynn's death from oral cancer was a turning point in baseball's culture that long tolerated smokeless tobacco. "What happened to Tony Gwynn, you don't want that to happen again," Cal Ripken Jr. said Monday.
Explosion Victims Question Arson RulingMore than three years after one of the deadliest fires in state history, ruled arson by the federal government, no suspect has been caught, no motive established and no substantial reward posted for leads.
Gwynn's Family Sues Tobacco Industry Over Star's DeathTony Gwynn's widow and two children filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the baseball Hall of Famer's death. The suit said that Gwynn started dipping as a college freshman.
New Research Raising Questions About E-CigarettesAccording to a recent letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have detected high levels of formaldehyde—a known carcinogen—when the product is used at extremely high temperatures.
CVS Changes Name & Ends Tobacco SalesAs CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.
Frisco To Consider Smoking Ban At Public ParksCity Council members in Frisco will consider an ordinance that could snuff out smoking at public parks.
Congressional Report Presses For E-Cigarette Rules Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.
Bedford Bans E-Cigarette Sales To MinorsThe City of Bedford has banned the use of e-cigarettes in all non-smoking areas and is prohibiting the sale of related products to minors.

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