SC Lawmakers block smoking bans

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 file photo, a high school junior holds a cigarette as another high school student takes a drag in Lawrence, Kan. The smoking rate among U.S. high school and middle school students has been flat for three years now, after a fairly steady decline for nearly two decades, […]

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill that would keep local governments from passing any additional regulations on cigarettes or electronic cigarettes.

The House voted 69-37 on Wednesday on the proposal that prevents local bans on ingredients, flavors or the licensing of tobacco products.
 
Supporters say the ban would prevent a patchwork of regulations. The House has already passed a bill banning minors from entering vaping shops and other places that sell electronic cigarettes.
 
The House debated the bill for about an hour. Some lawmakers compared it to a proposal to prevent local governments from banning plastic bags.
 
The tobacco bill will move on to the Senate after a last perfunctory vote.
 

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