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Tobacco cos. make payments under pact to help states with smoking-related health care costs

RICHMOND, Va. - The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

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.

Imperial Tobacco announces closure of factories in Britain, France

Imperial Tobacco on Tuesday announced the closure of factories in Britain and France with the loss of 900 jobs, citing declining sales in Europe, tougher anti-smoking measures and the growth of contraband sales. The two factories concerned are at Carquefou, near Nantes in western France, where 327 people are employed, and Nottingham in central England, which has 540 staff. The company told unions at its French subsidiary Seita that a total of 366 jobs will go in France, where it employs 1,150 people, and 130 new jobs will be created in Poland.

US lawmakers: no e-cigarette sales or ads to youths

US lawmakers want electronic cigarettes to be treated just like tobacco products when it comes to barring the sales and marketing of the controversial devices to children. Senate and House Democrats said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency responsible for protecting public health in the United States, has the legislative authority it needs to step in. The FDA is expected to issue regulations on e-cigarettes later this year, but whether or not an advertising ban or sales restrictions to youths will be included is unclear.

Congressional report outlines electronic cigarette concerns, presses for federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. - Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavours and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday. The report written by the staff of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, California Rep. Henry Waxman and others highlights several issues including the lack of age restrictions and no uniform warning labels for the battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create vapour that's inhaled.

Spike in US poison calls over e-cigarettes

The number of calls to US poison control centers about accidents with bottles of liquid nicotine for refilling e-cigarettes -- many involving children -- has spiked in recent years, health authorities said Thursday. The number of monthly calls went from one in September 2010 to 214 in February 2014, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of the calls (51 percent) concerned children under age five who had swallowed, inhaled or spilled the liquid on their skin or in their eyes.

Spike in US poison calls from e-cigarettes

Accidents involving kids and bottles of flavored liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes have led to a spike in calls to US poison control centers in recent years, health authorities said Thursday. The number of monthly calls went from one in September 2010 to 214 in February 2014, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of the calls involved children under age five who had swallowed, inhaled or spilled the liquid on their skin or in their eyes. The most common concerns were vomiting, nausea and eye irritation.

E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told senators at a Congressional budget hearing that it has taken too long to move the rule forward and that she expects the proposal to be ready for release "very soon."

Spike in US poison calls over e-cigarettes

The number of calls to US poison control centers about accidents with bottles of liquid nicotine for refilling e-cigarettes -- many involving children -- has spiked in recent years, health authorities said Thursday. There was just one such call in September 2010, and 214 in February 2014, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of the calls (51 percent) for e-cigarettes concerned children under age five who had swallowed, inhaled or spilled the liquid on their skin or in their eyes.

Young male smokers may raise obesity risk in their future sons

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Men who start smoking before the age of 11 risk having sons who are overweight, British researchers have found, adding to evidence that lifestyle factors even in childhood can affect the health of future offspring. The scientists said the findings, part of ongoing work in a larger "Children of the 90s" study, could indicate that exposure to tobacco smoke before the start of puberty in men may lead to metabolic changes in the next generation.
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