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  • No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavours

    BOSTON - Massachusetts became the first state to ban flavoured tobacco and nicotine vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law on Wednesday a bill that’s meant to reduce the appeal of the products to young people amid a rash of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping.
  • Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era

    TOKYO - Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro and other major cigarette brands, is manoeuvring to keep itself in business in a post-smoking world with an advertising blitz in puff-happy Japan and other tobacco-loving markets.
  • Couche-Tard optimistic about loyalty program despite drop in same-store sales

    TORONTO - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says it's too early to tell what long-term impact dumping the embattled Aeroplan loyalty program at its Esso branded convenience stores will have, but the time it took for the brand to switch to the PC Optimum program has already hampered sales.
  • FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed

    WASHINGTON - The federal government announced sweeping new rules Thursday for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.
  • Smoking and drinking wine getting more expensive in Ontario

    TORONTO - The Ontario government tackled a number of key vices in its 2016 budget, making it costlier to smoke and consume certain types of alcohol in the province, although a section of the gambling industry was given a small boost. Here are the key details:
  • Conservatives hike excise duties on cigarettes in $700-million tax grab

    OTTAWA - Long the whipping boys of revenue-hungry governments, Canadian smokers are now the target of the Conservative crusade against the deficit.

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