A leader of Cuba’s cigar industry arrested

A leader of Cuba’s cigar industry arrested
Manuel Garcia, a long-time vice-president of Cuba’s cigar industry, has been arrested and 10 of his staffers may face trial for corruption, according to the British news magazine The Economist. In a report posted Thursday on its Web site, the newsweekly reported Garcia, the No. 2 at Habanos S.A., has been in jail since August, ...

Why we need a ban on menthol cigarettes

Why we need a ban on menthol cigarettes
No action the Food and Drug Administration and the Obama administration could take would do more to save lives, reduce health-care costs and curb the tobacco industry’s exploitation of children and minority teens than to ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes. Consider these findings from a March report by an FDA panel:  Eighty percent of adolescent ...

Brand plan to cut teen smokers

Brand plan to cut teen smokers
CANCER Council Tasmania hopes the introduction of mandatory plain cigarette packets will reduce the state’s high teenage smoking rates. Cancer Council chief executive Darren Carr met federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon in Hobart yesterday and applauded her efforts to make Australia the first country to ban branding on cartons and packets. Mr Carr said the ...

Authorities Raid Spokane Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Authorities Raid Spokane Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Chanting “DEA Go Away!” supporters of medical marijuana met DEA agents and other law enforcement officials as they were raiding a South Hill medical marijuana dispensary Thursday afternoon. The DEA is raiding several medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane in what Assistant US Attorney Tom Rice is describing as “Official Law Enforcement Action.” Rice confirmed a ...

State House Passes Hookah Regulations Bill

State House Passes Hookah Regulations Bill
Oregon lawmakers are working to slow down the growing popularity of hookah lounges. The Oregon House approved a bill Thursday that would add regulation for future business that allow people to smoke hookah inside. Under House Bill 2726, new hookah lounges would not be allowed to sell food or alcohol. Business would also be only ...

FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Just Like Tobacco

FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes Just Like Tobacco
The FDA has decided to oversee electronic cigarettes the same way it does tobacco products. The agency will not regulate the vapor-producing devices under the stricter federal rules that apply to medical products. The FDA says it decided not to appeal a federal appeals court ruling asserting that e-cigarettes could be regulated as tobacco products ...

We won’t treat e-cigarettes as medical devices

We won't treat e-cigarettes as medical devices
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it would treat e-cigarettes as tobacco products rather than medical devices in obedience to a federal court ruling. Since 2008, the agency had been fighting to treat e-cigarettes as an unapproved drug-device combination, meaning the smokeless devices would have to pass agency tests before they could be sold ...