Feds finalize new tobacco rules

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced sweeping regulations for hookah, little cigars, dissolveables, and electronic cigarettes, in addition to the federal agency’s existing power over cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.

Will the tobacco industry turn to cannabis?

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES Starting today, registered Minnesota residents with any of nine qualifying conditions will be able to access medical cannabis in pill, oil, or liquid form. Of the 23 states which have loosened restrictions on medical cannabis, Minnesota’s program is considered extremely narrow. As cannabis regulation evolves, the tobacco industry’s relationship with the drug… Continue reading Will the tobacco industry turn to cannabis?

Minnesota Legislative Update

The Minnesota Legislature is in full swing and several tobacco -related bills have been introduced. Bills under consideration: S.F. 1836: Sen. Hayden (D-Minneapolis) authored this bill that would allocate funding for the Minnesota Department of Health to partner with community organizations to evaluate and develop strategies to address the high use of menthol cigarettes among… Continue reading Minnesota Legislative Update

Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota

By CHRIS FARMER-LIES  A new Minnesota state statute went into effect on Jan 1, 2015 that requires electronic nicotine liquid (e-juice) to be sold in child-resistant packaging. Vermont and New York also require childproof packaging. E-juice is primarily comprised of propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and nicotine. It usually comes in fruit and candy… Continue reading Child-resistant Packaging: New Law in Minnesota