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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.

Philip Morris Int'l 1Q profit down 12 pct on lower cigarette sales, unfavourable exchange rates

RICHMOND, Va. - Philip Morris International's first-quarter profit dropped nearly 12 per cent as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar. While adjusted earnings topped Wall Street expectations, shares fell almost 3 per cent in early trading. The seller of Marlboro and other cigarette brands outside the United States earned $1.88 billion, or $1.18 per share, in the January-March quarter, down from $2.13 billion, or $1.28 per share, a year ago.

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.

Reynolds names former leader Susan Cameron as CEO following retirement of current leader

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Reynolds American has elected board member and former leader Susan Cameron as president and CEO of the tobacco company. Cameron previously served as president and chief executive officer of the company from 2004 to 2011 before she retired. She rejoined the company's board in December. The 55-year-old Cameron will take on the CEO job again starting May 1. She replaces Daniel Delen who is retiring and resigning from the board. The 48-year-old Delen will stay on as a consultant for two years to help with the transition.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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