tobacco

Politics and Government
12:10 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tobacco-Free Schools Bill Passes Senate Committee

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An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved legislation to prohibit the use of all tobacco products in public schools and make them tobacco free.

The Senate Committee on Education voted 13-0 Monday for the bill that has already passed the state House. A similar bill previously passed by the Senate is pending in the House.

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Oklahoma News
5:29 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

House Committee Passes Tobacco-Free Schools Bill

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Public schools in Oklahoma would become tobacco free under legislation approved by a state House committee and sent to the full House.

The House Common Education Committee voted 14-0 Monday for the bill that has already passed the state Senate. A similar bill was previously passed by the House and is pending in the Senate.

Oklahoma law already requires that public schools be tobacco-free during the school day. The bill by Republican Rep. Lee Denney of Cushing would extend that policy to include non-school hours as well as school vehicles and school-sponsored activities.

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Soon to be gone: Marlboro cigarettes on display at a CVS store in Pittsburgh last July.
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Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 10:43 am

Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.

Larry Merlo also said CVS will try to help those who want to quit smoking with a "robust national smoking cessation program" at its locations.

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Native American
3:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

U.S. Judge Sides With Comanches In Tobacco Dispute

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A federal judge in Oklahoma City is siding with the Comanche Nation in a dispute with the governor's office over the state's tobacco compact with the southwest Oklahoma tribe.

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron issued a temporary restraining order on Thursday that allows the Comanche Nation to enjoy the same tobacco compact the state has with the Chickasaw Nation. Under that deal, the $1.03 state tax rate per pack of cigarettes is distributed with 70 percent of the revenue to the tribe and 30 percent to the state.

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Tobacco Settlement
12:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Tobacco Funds Certified For Health Programs

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The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Investors on Wednesday certified a little more than $35 million from the 2013 fiscal year to be used by the board of directors in FY14.

The Board of Investors manages investments of Oklahoma’s share of the Master Settlement Agreement and makes investment related decisions.

Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Executive Director Tracey Strader said the trust is primarily focused in obesity prevention and reducing tobacco use.

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Business and Economy
6:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Tribal Tobacco Compacts Anger Convenience Store Owner

Cigarette Glow
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A Tulsa-based convenience store chain is welcoming negotiations on tobacco compacts between the state and Oklahoma tribes.

Gov. Mary Fallin earlier this year rejected a request that the current compacts be extended and instead opened negotiations. Fallin's office says agreements have been reached with seven tribes and negotiations are continuing with 20 others.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh calls the previous compact a "debacle" that drove customers away from non-tribal retailers.

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Smoking Ban
2:15 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Fallin Signs State Property Smoking Ban

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday allowing cities and counties to restrict tobacco use at parks, libraries, golf courses, baseball fields and other properties beginning Nov. 1.

The bill by State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) also formalizes Fallin’s executive order issued last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property.

Ownbey says putting the governor’s executive order into statute needed to be done, and local control is something lawmakers always talk about.

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State Health
6:50 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Looking Ahead to Local Control of Tobacco Regulation

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Last month, Gov. Mary Fallin announced her plans to support an initiative petition in 2014 to change the way tobacco is regulated in Oklahoma.

“A direct vote to the people is very new, and is a dramatic new tactic to repeal tobacco control preemption in Oklahoma,” said Michael Givel, a University of Oklahoma political scientist and the co-author of the upcoming book Heartland Tobacco War, out this summer.

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