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New Hampshire health officials say a survey of independent pharmacies shows most don't sell tobacco products.

The telephone survey — conducted in August — polled 33 independent pharmacies. Health officials say 27 replied that they do not.

Marcella Bobinsky, acting director of public health at the Department of Health and Human Services, says she applauds those pharmacies for recognizing the conflict of stores that deal in health care and pharmaceutical products selling a product that kills an estimated 1,900 New Hampshire residents yearly.

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Despite claims by the industry that e-cigarettes are healthier than traditional smoking, more research is raising questions about this alternative, including its rising use by teenagers. But vaping has caught on, with more shops opening and many ex-smokers who say vaping helped them quit tobacco.


E-Cigarettes And Smoking

Mar 18, 2014
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There has been a significant increase in the popularity of this alternative to smoking, but health officials are still weighing the positive and negative health effects.  Some say “vaping” with e-cigarettes is much healthier than smoking, but others are worried that the addictive qualities of e-smoking are being downplayed or ignored.


Hassan Makes Pitch For Raising Cigarette Tax

Feb 14, 2013
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Governor Maggie Hassan is looking to raise New Hampshire’s cigarette tax.  In her state budget address, she pitched a  30-cent increase as good public health policy.

“New Hampshire has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast, with 19.8 percent of high school students who smoke cigarettes," Hassan said.  "Cigarette taxes nationwide have proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent youth smoking.”

She also said it will raise $40 million in revenue without compromising cross-border sales.

The question of how far the government can go in forcing a business — in this case cigarette makers — to warn consumers about its product is before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration wants large, graphic warning labels to scare smokers, but tobacco companies say that violates their right to free speech.