Regulations should keep e-cigarettes cheaper and more convenient than conventional cigarettes, but still expensive and inconvenient enough to deter a new generation of nicotine addicts. Banning e-cigarette use inside public buildings would be a great step toward achieving this.
Vapor shops are popping up fast — locally and nationwide — as more smokers turn to electronic cigarettes. It's a trend that gives some health professionals pause because they can't say definitively whether "vaping" is a safe or effective method of kicking the smoking habit.
A family crime organization trafficked more than $6.6 million in black market cigarettes and more in illegal foreign drugs through a Baltimore restaurant and a Pikesville pharmacy that received a Baltimore County-backed loan, authorities said in a federal indictment that was unsealed Wednesday.
Today, with nearly five times as many lounges peddling a relaxing experience around a water-filled flavored tobacco pipe — including many that allow patrons to bring in their own alcohol — legislators in Baltimore County are looking for a way to regulate hookah lounges and gain control over what County Councilman Todd Huff described as "a community menace."
The Palestinian immigrant and his brother lived side-by-side in homes in West Ocean City, over the years opening a number of businesses throughout the area — three pizza shops, a Mexican restaurant, a liquor store, gas stations, and development companies, court records show.
Changing the judicial procedure by which the State Center case will be heard is unusual but not unprecedented; the legislature's action does not tip the scales to one side or the other in the court case.
The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative has launched a campaign to raise taxes on all tobacco products in Maryland. Cigarette prices would increase by $1 per pack, and other tobacco taxes would increase at a corresponding rate. But at least one tobacco lobbyist disagrees with the proposal.