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Archive for September, 2013

Call for FDA regulation of e-cigarettes

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been urged to act quickly to regulate electronic cigarettes. Four Democratic representatives wrote to the FDA commissioner, Margaret A. Hamburg, quoting a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that had found the percentage of adolescents using electronic cigarettes was growing rapidly. CDC data […]

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Grant for risk-perception study

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Officials at Georgia State University (GSU), USA, say an assistant professor has been awarded a grant to study how young adults perceive the risk of smoking flavored cigarillos and cigars, according to an Associated Press Newswires story. Dr. Kymberle Sterling, a public health professor, has been given a two-year, $275,000 grant from the National Cancer […]

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Imperial scores high on CR scale

September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Imperial Tobacco said today that its “continued progress as a responsible business has been recognized by external investment consultants with our highest score to date.” “RobecoSAM highlights businesses that demonstrate strengths in managing their economic, environmental and social issues for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a key reference point for investors and analysts,” Imperial said […]

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German court rules electronic cigarette nicotine not a pharmaceutical product

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

A court ruled on Tuesday that the sale of electronic cigarettes could not be restricted in Germany because the nicotine-based liquid used in these devices is not a pharmaceutical product, according to a story in The Local. But the ruling could be overturned by Brussels. Münster’s administrative court decided that, unlike nicotine plasters, electronic cigarettes […]

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Call for tobacco ad ban in Indonesia

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

A survey conducted by Indonesia’s National Commission on Child Protection (KPAI) has found that at least one in 10 of the country’s children decided to smoke after being exposed to tobacco advertisements, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. The commission believes that tobacco advertisements should be banned. The KPAI questioned 10,000 students aged […]

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Low entry requirements for smokers’ club

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recent U.S. health-care reform allows insurers to adjust premiums for tobacco users, which could cost them up to 50 percent more than the cost to otherwise similar non-tobacco users, according to a story by Robin Erb for the Detroit Free Press. Tobacco use is the only habit for which an insurer can penalize a consumer […]

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Smokers can take some heart from study

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Among patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after a cardiac arrest, smokers had better outcomes than nonsmokers, according to a story by Todd Neale for MedPage Today, citing a single-center study. Jeremy Pollock, M.D., of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and colleagues reported that half of smokers survived to hospital discharge with a good neurological […]

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PM Investments ups Medicago holding

September 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Philip Morris International said yesterday that its affiliate, Philip Morris Investments, had acquired 11,348,266 common shares of Medicago for C$13,163,989. Following this transaction, PM Investments holds 109,957,066 common shares in Medicago, representing 40 percent of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Medicago. The other 164,935,599 common shares of Medicago, representing 60 percent […]

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Call for 10-year endgame in Hong Kong

September 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

A study has concluded that Hong Kong should set itself the goal of a total ban on tobacco sales before 2022, according to a Tobacco Control report. A telephone survey was conducted among 1,537 randomly-selected residents in 2012 to assess their support for a total ban on tobacco sales, usage and possession. Backers of “some […]

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Call for tobacco endgame in Taiwan

September 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Taiwan Medical Alliance for the Control of Tobacco has called on the government to follow the lead of the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative and set an agenda gradually to end tobacco use, according to a story by Alison Hsiao for the Taipei Times. Ending tobacco use was the theme of this year’s […]

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