Reports and Articles
Marlboro to Introduce Device That Heats Real Tobacco
New York Times: June 26, 2014
Philip Morris International, the world’s second-biggest tobacco company, on Thursday discussed its plans to release the Marlboro HeatStick, which heats tobacco rather than burning it, in cities in Japan and Italy later this year, with further expansion in 2015. The short, cigarettelike sticks are heated to maximum of 660 degrees Fahrenheit (350 degrees Celsius) to create a nicotine vapor. Unlike popular e-cigarettes that use liquid nicotine, the HeatStick contains real tobacco. The company, based in New York andSwitzerland, has spent about $2 billion over more than a decade on development and expects that the new device to increase its profit by $700 million when sales reach 30 billion units. The company announced plans in January to invest up to 500 million euros (about $680 million) for two plants in Italy to make the products.
New Jersey smoking age could be raised to 21
The Washington Post: July 1, 2014
New Jersey could become the only state in the country to prevent anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing tobacco products under a measure passed Monday by the state Senate.
The bill, backed by a super majority of senators, would levy a $500 fine against retailers who sell tobacco products or electronic cigarettes to those under 21. A second offense would carry a $1,000 fine.
City considers park tobacco rules
The Dalles Chronicle: June 27, 2014
Smoking at the Lewis and Clark Festival Area may soon be banned, but The Dalles City Council doesn’t plan to expend resources to enforce the policy.On Monday, the council directed attorney Gene Parker and Nolan Young, city manager, to draft a tobacco-free directive for the park at the foot of Union Street.
Teri Thalhofer, director of North Central Public Health District, asked the council to ban even electronic cigarettes, a battery-powered vaporizer that produces an aerosol that resembles smoke.
She said it is important to send a message that the city does not support tobacco use, which was responsible in 2013 for the deaths of 76 people in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties.