5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

Legislators weigh how best to tackle vaping's continued popularity with Pennsylvania teens

With the use of e-cigarette products on the rise in Pennsylvania schools, lawmakers are exploring a variety of options to cut down on teens vaping in the boys room.

Mirroring a national trend, more Pennsylvania teenagers are using e-cigarettes, vapes and JUULs than traditional tobacco products. According to the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey, carried out by the Commission of Crime and Delinquency, 16.3 percent of Pennsylvania high school students surveyed reported using e-cigarettes in the prior month, compared with only 5.6 percent who reported using tobacco cigarettes. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council bans indoor vaping in public places

Allegheny County Council bans indoor vaping in public places

During their regular meeting Tuesday evening, Allegheny County Council voted in favor to ban the use of e-cigarettes everywhere regular cigarettes are not allowed. 

The council members voted 8-5, with two members abstaining, to ban vaping in public places such as health-related properties, indoor workplaces, restaurants, schools, sports facilities, and transit stations. That proposal was crafted and recommended by the county health department in fall 2016. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council to vote on proposed vaping ban

Allegheny County Council to vote on proposed vaping ban

A divided Allegheny County Council Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday evening to send a proposal banning indoor vaping to the full council for full consideration under a neutral recommendation.

The proposal would prohibit vaping and e-cigarettes everywhere traditional cigarette smoking is not allowed, including health care-related properties, indoor workplaces, restaurants, schools, sports facilities, and transit stations. The proposal was crafted and recommended by the county health department in fall 2016.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council committee weighs pros and cons of allowing public vaping

Allegheny County Council committee weighs pros and cons of allowing public vaping

The Allegheny County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee met Monday evening to vet a controversial proposal to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public places. 

The committee heard from a panel of medical practitioners, advocacy groups and business owners, as well as members of the public, on the potential negative and positive consequences of the ban. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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