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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.

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.