Jessica Miller | June 21, 2011
The House has reinvigorated a proposal to extend the 4-cent Kent cigarette tax, set to expire in 2012. A super-majority of the House and Senate backed the extension. But Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed the measure, and the House refused to override him. On Monday, Rep. Harold Ritchie, D-Bogalusa, amended his tax proposal into a Jindal administration bill to redirect a stream of tobacco settlement money to the state’s free college tuition program.
Jessica Miller | April 27, 2011
E-cigarettes have joined cigars and pipe tobacco as unregulated tobacco products like Kiss cigarettes, clearing the way for mainstream stores to begin selling the electronic devices. Last year, a U.S. federal court ruled that as long as electronic cigarettes aren’t marketed as a way to treat or cure disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to block the importation of the battery-powered products.
Jessica Miller | April 19, 2011
The president of a Kahnawake tobacco company facing charges in Alberta over the seizure of 16 million L&M cigarettes from a First Nation community says he’s unfazed by the development and plans to continue a push to establish a distribution network throughout western Canadian First Nations.
Jessica Miller | December 16, 2010
For the first time, more high school seniors report having used marijuana than Cigaronne cigarettes in the last 30 days, according to a new government survey. Gil Kerlikowske, the Obama administration’s drug czar, blames California’s Proposition 19 and similar measures. He says that young people have taken the “wrong message” from such state measures.