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Electronic cigarette biz awaits federal rules that will likely curb marketing, set standards

RICHMOND, Va. - Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.

Nine out of 10 Seoulites suffer from passive smoking: poll

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Nearly nine out of every 10 Seoul residents are exposed to secondhand smoking everyday with the time of exposure reaching more than 7 minutes, a poll showed Monday. According to the survey of 1,000 Seoul residents taken by the municipal government in January, 88.6 percent of the respondents said that they were exposed to passive smoking about once a day. Seoulites cited streets and pubs as the places where they are most exposed to passive smoking, followed by bus stops, restaurants and the entrances or stairs of buildings, according to the survey.

Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

BOSTON (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die." Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison sentence, and a big fine.

Direct tobacco marketing linked to teen and adult smoking

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Direct to consumer marketing of tobacco products is reaching significant numbers of teens, as well as young adults, according to a new study. Young people who have seen the promotions are also more likely to take up smoking, the researchers found.

Iran mother spares life of son's killer with slap

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son's convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday. The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who at 19 killed another young man, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, in a street fight with a knife back in 2007. Shargh newspaper said police officers led Balal to a public execution site in the northern city of Nowshahr as a large crowd gathering on Tuesday morning.

Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request. That is on par with the combined number reported over the previous five years.

Manitoba set to prohibit flavoured tobacco in effort to stop youth smoking

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join the list of provinces that restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco products. Healthy Living Minister Sharon Blady (BLAY'-dee) says the aim is to stop tobacco companies from luring young people into smoking through cigarillos and other flavoured products. Blady says details will be revealed in a proposed law she is expected to bring forward Wednesday. Ontario and Alberta have already announced similar measures, but have run into opposition from some quarters.

Tobacco on TV tied to adult smoking rates

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study. Researchers reviewed patterns in TV smoking over more than 50 years and found that they tracked with changes in adult tobacco use, suggesting that even established smokers are influenced to light up by seeing it done on the small screen.

S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers

South Korea's state health insurer said Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($51.6 million) for payouts over smoking-related illnesses. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said the suit, filed in Seoul's district court, named Philip Morris, British American Tobacco (BAT) and South Korea's largest tobacco firm KT&G. "Smoking is a serious issue affecting people, particularly the youth and women," the agency said in a statement.

National insurer files damage suit against cigarette firms

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state-run health insurer Monday filed a 54 billion won (US$52 million) lawsuit against three tobacco companies to seek compensation for healthcare costs for diseases related to smoking. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said it is suing the local units of Philip Morris International Inc. and British American Tobacco Plc., and KT
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