E-cigarettes: fresh air or just smoke and mirrors?

| Mar 13, 2014

E-cigarettes: fresh air or just smoke and mirrors?

On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood in downtown New York, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze. Instead, the proprietors are peddling e-cigarettes, along with bottles of liquid nicotine ready ...

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Mar 5, 2014

LA to stamp out e-cigarette use in public places

Los Angeles is to ban e-cigarette use in public places where tobacco smoking is prohibited, including workplaces, restaurants and bars, following a vote Tuesday. The LA City Council voted by 14-0 to outlaw their use in indoor workplaces, outdoor dining areas, parks, recreational areas, ...

Health environment for children in various regions differs, study finds

Feb 26, 2014

Health environment for children in various regions differs, study finds

Stark regional disparities exist in key health-related statistics involving children, such as the percentages of pregnant mothers who smoke, a health ministry-funded study has found. “Children cannot choose the environments” where they live and grow up, said Zentaro Yamagata, a University of Yamanashi professor ...

Rates down, but more smokers than in 1980

Jan 8, 2014

Rates down, but more smokers than in 1980

More people smoke worldwide today than in 1980, as population growth surges and cigarettes gain popularity in countries such as China, India and Russia, researchers said Tuesday. For instance, China boasted nearly 100 million more smokers in 2012 than it had three decades ago, ...

Colorado lights up recreational pot industry

Jan 2, 2014

Colorado lights up recreational pot industry

The first recreational marijuana industry in the U.S. opened in Colorado, kicking off an experiment that will be watched closely around the world. Activists hope to prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly American-led war on drugs.

| Dec 21, 2013

Where there's smoke

Man #1: Can I please steal one of your smokes? You’ve got enough to see you through tonight? Man #2: But you’ve quit smoking, haven’t you? Man #1: I haven’t had one in a while. — Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan ...

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

Oct 7, 2013

JT seeks smokeless product tie-ups

by Yuki Yamaguchi

Japan Tobacco Inc. plans to expand its range of smokeless tobacco products and is looking at tie-ups or acquisitions as consumers demand alternatives and regulations tighten worldwide. “There are many ways to enjoy tobacco, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be cigarettes,” Akira Saeki, ...