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Canton Considers Underage Smoking Law

The Village of Canton is considering a law to fine kids for smoking. The St Lawrence County Tobacco Free Coalition proposed the measure to the Village Board. It would levy fines of $50-75 to anyone under age 18 caught smoking in public. A public hearing on the proposed no smoking ordinance will take place January 23 at the Canton Municipal Building. Mayor Bob Wells says it started with complaints about young smokers outside Canton's elementary school.  Go to full article

NY Posts Smoking Decline

An independent survey found smoking rates in New York have fallen faster that anywhere else in the nation. Karen DeWItt.  Go to full article

Health Groups Want Ban on Candy-flavored Cigarettes

Anti-smoking groups want the state to outlaw candy-flavored cigarettes that they say are marketed to children. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Anti-smoking Groups Want More from Albany

Anti-smoking groups have begun pushing for a hike in the state's cigarette tax next year. They say the money may be needed to step up anti-smoking campaigns, and to help fund other health care programs. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bar Owners say Ban on Smoking Hurting Business

One of the many unfinished issues in the 2004 legislative session is whether to amend the statewide ban on smoking to once again permit smoking in bars. The bill now has a majority party sponsor in each house of the legislature, but opposition remains. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Would Raise Smoking Age to 19

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers want to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products in New York State from 18 to 19. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Study: Few Smoking Waivers Being Issued

An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and restaurants that claim they are losing business from the anti-smoking law. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

A Smoking Ban Compromise?

Proponents of easing the state's strict anti-smoking laws say allowing air filtration machines in bars and restaurants could create a compromise between smokers and non-smokers who worry about health dangers. Anti-smoking groups say the devices don't work and create a false sense of safety. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

State Releases Smoking Violation List

The state health department has fined half a dozen North Country businesses for violating the smoking ban that went into effect in July, according to recently released records. Some bar owners are meeting next week to plan a strategy to fight back. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bars Light Up in Protest of Smoking Ban

Some bars in New York plan to light up tonight to send a year-end message that the state's new smoking ban is riddled with inconsistencies. Watertown's mayor-elect is leading the effort in the North Country. The protests come a day after a bar near Syracuse won a waiver allowing smoking. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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