Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Policy update November 6th 2014

The government issued a release Wednesday saying it will consult with Nova Scotians on whether certain flavours should be exempt from a ban on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette juice. […] “After reviewing the materials presented to the government at law amendments, it is clear we need further consultation,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Our consultation will focus on products and flavours targeted at youth.”


Minister for health and family welfare U T Khader said here on Tuesday that the government has not yet passed any order that bans all chewing tobacco products in the state. Minister said this in the wake of rumours that the state government has passed an order banning all chewing tobacco products in the state. Khader clarified, “There is no ban for the time being. In future, the ban may be considered after studying all the consequences of tobacco, […]


In recent months, a host of anti-smoking groups as well as several leading politicians in Congress and at the state level have attacked the Big Tobacco companies – including Reynolds American and Altria – for targeting their electronic cigarette products to children. In their complaints, the anti-smoking groups and politicians have specified the ways in which e-cigarette companies are targeting kids.


Suddenly, they’re everywhere. You see electronic cigarettes on sale in every convenience store and tiny vapor shops in every strip mall. E-cigarettes — a term that includes everything from cheap disposable “vape pens” to elaborate vaporizers costing hundreds of dollars — are a booming business. Sales surpassed $1 billion annually last year, as dominant tobacco companies like Reynolds American get into the market.


Adolescents with the most tobacco outlets in their neighbourhood are almost 50% more likely to smoke than those with no outlets nearby, researchers say. The study also found that teenagers living in areas with the highest density of retailers are 53 per cent more likely to try smoking at least once. Based on their findings, researchers argue that anti-smoking strategies among teenagers should include reducing the overall density of tobacco retailers.


CVS Health (CVS), which no longer sells cigarettes and other tobacco sales, is generating better than expected sales […] Though the loss of tobacco sales hurt sales in the front of its stores, CVS chief executive Larry Merlo said in reporting the company’s third quarter results this morning that revenue increased nearly 10 percent in the period to $35 billion, which was ahead of analysts’ expectations by more than $250 million.



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