Ontario doctors want the provincial government to reintroduce legislation to ban tobacco products with candy and fruit flavours, and to add menthol cigarettes to the prohibited list, according to a Canadian Press story.
A previous bill died when a June election was called.
That legislation would have exempted menthol cigarettes from the restrictions on flavoured tobacco, an exemption the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) wants eliminated.
The Ontario doctors’ lobby says new data shows that underage smokers who use menthol cigarettes smoke more often, and are more likely to continue the habit as adults.
“The evidence clearly shows that menthol makes it easier and more likely for kids to smoke,” said OMA president Dr. Ved Tandan in a release. “Ontario’s doctors are calling on government to ban menthol and candy-flavoured tobacco products now.”
The Canadian Cancer Society, too, has said that menthol cigarettes must be included for any ban on sales of flavoured tobacco to be effective.
From January 1, Macau will implement a universal ban on tobacco smoking in public places not previously legislated for: bars, clubs, saunas and massage parlours, according to a story in the Macau Business Daily.
Most indoor public spaces in Macau have had a smoking ban in force since January 1, 2012.
The newspaper, quoting Health Bureau director, Lei Chin Ion, said the government was currently talking about the latest extension to the smoking ban with the sectors that will be affected by it.
At the same time, the government had by Friday approved 18 of 28 applications for the setting up of smoking lounges at gaming venues.
Counterfeit cigarettes, which account for 21 percent of the cigarettes smuggled into Oman, cause the country to suffer a revenue loss of nearly OMR3.5 million, according to a story in the Times of Oman citing Euromonitor research.
The research revealed that smuggled cigarettes, which make up about 30 percent of the total market, were bought mainly by people between the ages of 18 and 45, and were in high demand among low-income expatriates.
Taxes and high prices were said to be the most important factors contributing to the high level of smuggling, but it was mentioned, too, that smugglers could expect to make profits of up to 200 percent.
An official at the Royal Oman Police told the Times that there were plans to increase the penalties for smuggling.
Electronic cigarettes, which are not licensed for sale in Taiwan, are widely available online, according to a Taipei Times story citing an investigation by Taipei city’s Department of Health.
The department’s first probe into electronic cigarette availability found 318 different models or related products available online.
The unlicensed distribution and production of all products containing nicotine is prohibited under the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.
Even marketing nicotine-free products as aids to quit smoking is illegal under the act.
The department said that while electronic cigarettes were rarely sold openly in stores, they were sometimes available from night market vendors operating under the cover of selling cigarette lighters and other products.
US-based LOGIC Technology is preparing to launch its LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems: what it describes as ‘the first-of-its-kind “closed-system” vaporizing device ever to hit the market’.
The new systems are said to ‘work in conjunction with revolutionary pre-filled, sealed eliquid capsules to provide a heightened level of taste, consistency and value to adult consumers’.
‘Building on a long history of premium and innovative product development, LOGIC Technology designed the LOGIC PRO to work with specialized, proprietary disposable capsules that are only available for purchase at LOGIC’s partner retailers; this not only allows retailers to recapture and maintain sales, it also enhances the vaping experience for the adult consumer,’ the company said in a press note.
‘Beyond providing consistent quality taste, these sealed eliquid capsules don’t produce the messy and costly spillage associated with traditional drip eliquid.’
The new systems are due to be made available in retail outlets by the winter. “We are thrilled to bring a product to market that fills the need of our adult consumers,” said Miguel Martin, president of LOGIC Technology.
“With the amount of money that is lost by retailers from online eliquid sales, we are pleased to offer our retailers and partners a piece of that market share.”
The CEO of Lorillard is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger of Lorillard with Reynolds American, according to a story by Associated Press writer Michael Felberbaum published by ABC News and citing regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Murray Kessler is one of several Lorillard executives set to receive compensation if they lose their jobs after the deal closes.
The bulk of Kessler’s $44.7 million would come in the form of a payout of stock awards worth $32.8 million.
He’d receive also $10.6 million in cash, which amounts to three times his base salary and annual bonus.
Last fiscal year, Kessler’s pay was increased by 21 percent to $10.3 million, according to an AP analysis of a regulatory filing.
Upon completion of the deal, Kessler, who became CEO of Lorillard in September 2010, will get a seat on Reynolds’ board of directors, which will come with additional pay.