The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring a new warning statement be included on packaging and advertisements for electronic cigarettes, vapor products, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco and cigars.
The new health-warning statement requirements and compliance dates were announced in a guidance document issued by the FDA on May 10.
Beginning Aug. 10, advertisements for the covered tobacco products must bear the new addictiveness warning. The requirement applies to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers that create their own advertisements for covered tobacco products.MORE
On Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies began running court-ordered newspaper and television advertisements about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke, as well as the companies' intentional design of cigarettes to make them more addictive.
The ads are the culmination of a long-running lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice filed against the tobacco companies in 1999. A federal court in 2006 ordered the tobacco companies to make these "corrective statements." After 11 years of appeals by the tobacco companies, a federal judge issued a final order directing them to begin running the ads in newspapers on Sunday, Nov. 26, with the television ads beginning the following day.
The defendant tobacco companies were ordered to purchase five full-page ads in the first section of the Sunday edition of the 50+ newspapers specified by the court. Each newspaper ad will contain one of the five corrective statements.MORE
You get what you measure.
Count the number of bylines a newspaper reporter produces, and you'll likely get more bylines. Track page views closely, and your newsroom will be far more attune to what is driving page views and how to get more of them.
What a news organization includes in the set of metrics that leadership and staff monitor regularly can have some unintended consequences. Distraction from things that are more important, if nothing else. Google Analytics can measure a lot of different things, and there's a temptation to include as many ways of measuring audience as one can cram into a spreadsheet. In the process, staff can get hung up on measuring changes in process instead of changes in outcomes.More
The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., is getting into the horse racing business, acquiring the ownership rights to Steeplechase of Charleston.
P.J. Browning, publisher of The Post and Courier, said at a Thursday announcement at The Dewberry that acquiring the event helps the media company to diversify its portfolio and invest in its community.
"It makes good business sense for all of us here to pay attention to the ways in which Charleston residents and visitors alike embrace our unique events," Browning said. "Thousands of people attend festivals around town each year, and there's every reason that this can and should happen with Steeplechase."More