File - In this March 1, 2016 file photo, a man smokes a cigarette in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

California lawmakers approve raising smoking age to 21

California lawmakers voted Thursday to make the nation’s most populous state the second to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 as part of a sweeping package of measures they are considering to crack down on tobacco.


Heroin problem reaches epidemic proportions

Statistics from the CDC indicate the number of heroin-related overdose deaths in the U.S. nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013 and people who historically haven’t used the drug are becoming addicted, a fact that’s hit home for many.