New Jersey Raises Tobacco Age to 21 – It Will Protect Kids, Save Lives


New Jersey Raises Tobacco Age to 21 – It Will Protect Kids, Save Lives

Joint Statement by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Lourdes Health System & St. Francis Medical Center

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WASHINGTON, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – With Gov. Chris Christie signing the bill into law today, New Jersey has joined the growing list of states and communities prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21. In taking this bold step, New Jersey will prevent young people from starting to use tobacco, save lives and help make the next generation tobacco-free.

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New Jersey provides another significant boost for the growing, nationwide movement to increase the tobacco age to 21.  Tobacco 21 laws have also been enacted by California, Hawaii and at least 255 cities and counties, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, St. Louis and both Kansas Cities. The Oregon Legislature approved a similar bill earlier this month, and Gov. Kate Brown has indicated she will sign the measure into law. A tobacco 21 bill also awaits the governor’s signature in Maine, and statewide measures remain under consideration in Massachusetts and elsewhere.

We applaud Gov. Christie and the New Jersey Legislature for their leadership in enacting this new law. In signing the bill, Gov. Christie rightly noted that raising the tobacco age gives young people a “better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place.” He added, “My mother died from the effects of smoking, and no one should lose their life due to any addictive substance.” Well said, Governor.

Increasing the tobacco age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth and young adults – age groups when nearly all tobacco use begins and that are heavily targeted by the tobacco industry. We know that about 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 21. Increasing the tobacco age will help counter the industry’s efforts to target young people at a critical time when many move from experimenting with tobacco to regular smoking. In New Jersey alone, tobacco companies spend over $175 million a year to market their deadly and addictive products. This legislation will also help keep tobacco out of high schools, where younger teens often obtain tobacco products from older students.

A 2015 report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) concluded that increasing the tobacco age to 21 will significantly reduce the number of adolescents and young adults who start smoking, with immediate and long-term benefits for the nation’s health.

Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, killing over 480,000 Americans and costing the nation about $170 billion in health care bills each year. In New Jersey, tobacco kills 11,800 people and costs over $4 billion in health care expenses each year. Without additional action to reduce tobacco use, 143,000 kids alive today in New Jersey will die prematurely from smoking. Increasing the tobacco age to 21 is a critical step in reducing and eventually eliminating tobacco’s terrible toll.

About Tobacco-Free Kids
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco. We work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

About Lourdes Health System
The Lourdes Health System is one of the region’s leading healthcare providers, recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care and service to the community. The system has two general acute care hospitals, located in Camden and Willingboro, New Jersey, and a growing network of ambulatory care facilities and physician practices located throughout southern New Jersey. A major teaching affiliate of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lourdes provides a full range of medical, surgical, obstetrical, behavioral health, rehabilitation and long-term acute care services. The Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute is recognized nationally for excellence in heart care. Lourdes Health System has an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Nursing School; comprehensive Wellness Services; and LIFE program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly. Lourdes is well-known for its outreach services, providing care to those most in need. Lourdes is a member of Trinity Health, a health system serving residents in 21 states.

About St. Francis Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center was founded in 1874 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as Trenton’s first hospital. Today, it is an acute care teaching hospital with more than 300 medical staff physicians representing all specialties and a member of the Trinity Health System. Known as the Heart Hospital, St. Francis is Mercer County’s only comprehensive cardiac surgery program. Our advanced and comprehensive cardiovascular services include the new hybrid lab which combines the imaging capabilities of a cardiac catheterization lab with the sterile environment of a conventional operating room (OR). Other programs include the Regional Cancer Center; Compassionate Care Hospice; Behavioral Health; an accredited Sleep Disorders Center; and a designated primary stroke center. LIFE St. Francis, A Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), was the first program in the State of New Jersey. Additionally, the Wound Care Center, features a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber and the hospital has a newly renovated walk in clinic, an Imaging Center featuring a 64-Slice CT Scanner and offers digital mammography. St. Francis is also home to the School of Nursing and School of Radiological Technology in addition to several primary care and specialty practices known as LIFE Care Physicians.

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Universal Corporation Announces Conference Call


Universal Corporation Announces Conference Call

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RICHMOND, Va., July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV) will webcast its conference call on August 3, 2017, following the release of its results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 after market close on that date. The conference call will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, Vice President and Treasurer. 

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A live webcast of the conference call will be available online on a listen-only basis at  A replay of the webcast conference call will be available at that site until November 3, 2017.  A taped replay of the call will also be available from 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time on August 3rd through August 16, 2017, at (855) 859-2056.  The telephone replay identification number is 59259116.

All remarks made during the conference call will be current at the time of the call, and the language of the call will not be updated to reflect subsequent material developments. 

While news media representatives will not be able to ask questions during the webcast, they are welcome to monitor the remarks on a listen-only basis.  The use of any comments made by Universal employees or other participants during the call will be restricted for background use only and not for attribution.  The contents of the presentation are the property of Universal Corporation, protected by copyright law, and may not be reproduced in any form without the written permission of Universal Corporation. Rebroadcast of the copyrighted call or any portion thereof is prohibited.   

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Universal Corporation is the leading global leaf tobacco supplier and conducts business in more than 30 countries.  Its revenues for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017, were $2.1 billion.  For more information on Universal Corporation, visit its web site at

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/R E P E A T — Canada’s Vape Expo returns to Toronto/

/R E P E A T — Canada’s Vape Expo returns to Toronto/

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TORONTO, July 12, 2017 /CNW/ – Canada’s Vape Expo is returning to Toronto, July 22nd – 23rd at the International Centre and is trending to be the biggest event of its kind in Canada!

Canada's Vape Expo returns to Toronto! July 21st -23rd (CNW Group/Canada's Vape Expo)

Established in 2015 by founding partners and, the show has become a staple in vaping communities across Canada. In addition to past shows in Toronto, CVE has held exhibitions in Montreal, Ottawa & Edmonton.

The growth of the Canadian Vaping industry has surpassed expectations. What was once considered a “home based business” has evolved into a world-class industry with voluntary standards that are equal to those found in manufacturing sectors.  The Toronto event has drawn the attention from companies around the world.  In addition to the 100+ Canadian small businesses participating, exhibitors in attendance will include brands from Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Consumer attendance is expected to surpass 10k this year, as 2016-2017 has seen a steady increase of former smokers choosing vaping over traditional combustible cigarettes.

Event spokesperson Charlie Pisano says “The team at CVE is excited and proud to bring the show back to Toronto. We have introduced milestone regulations for all of our exhibitors in Ottawa and Edmonton this past year, tackling the issues of intellectual property infringement and any advertisements that may be construed as targeting youth. Our primary objective has always been to represent and showcase those members of the Canadian Vaping Industry that operate their businesses in a law-abiding and ethical way, and this year in Toronto you will see that it is possible to be successful and responsible!”

The Canadian industry is at a crucial time with proposed legislation (Bill S5) which recently completed first reading in the House, with an intent to finalize and pass legislation before the end of 2017.  The CVE board has been vocal in advocating for proper and fair regulations not only as a company but personally as well.  Advocacy is an essential component of each event. In attendance for Toronto will be the three biggest organizations in the industry: The Canadian Vaping Association, The Electronic Cigarette Trade Association, and Tobacco Harm Reduction Association. All three have presented at government hearings advocating to ensure that vaping will be regulated fairly to not only preserve the growth of the industry but also to provide consumers with fair access to safe vaping products.

To encourage more smokers to stop smoking by using vapour technology, CVE is continuing their “Stomp Your Butts” initiative by offering current smokers a starter kit in exchange for abandoning a pack of cigarettes.

The event is open to all those ages 19 and up that are interested in vaping or exploring it as a choice for themselves.

What: Canada’s Vape Expo

Friday July 21st 4pm8pm (Business owners/representatives only)
Saturday, July 22nd 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 23rd 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: International Centre (Hall 5)
6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4V1EB

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