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Bill seeks to prohibit sales of smokes in N.Y. pharmacies

BY Tara Smith

ALBANY, N.Y. New York State Assembly member Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo, today introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products in stand-alone pharmacies or establishments that contain a pharmacy. Convenience stores and stores that stock only nonprescription medications would not be affected by the bill.

“In light of the overwhelming evidence of the harmful nature of cigarette smoking on one’s health and the astronomical public health costs posed by tobacco products, it is contradictory and counterintuitive to sell such products in an establishment whose purpose is to provide remedies to health problems,” Hoyt said in a statement.

Hoyt has sent letters for Wal-Mart stores and Tops Markets asking them to “set an example for the rest of the retail market by ending the sale of tobacco products at [their] retail stores.”

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Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream debuts five new ‘American Idol’ flavors

BY Tara Smith

OAKLAND, Calif. Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream today is debuting its second season line-up of “American Idol” flavors.

As “American Idol” begins its seventh season tonight, a parallel competition will take place this season on freezer shelves nationwide. The competitors include Cheesecake Diva, Most Orange-inal, Mint Karaoke Cookie, Cookies N Dreamz and One Split Wonder. The limited edition flavors are available until September.

Ice cream lovers and Idol fans can vote for their favorite flavors at Slowchurned.com until May 31. The winning Dreyer’s Slow Churned American Idol flavor will earn a permanent spot in the Slow Churned light ice cream line-up. Fans who cast a vote before April 29, 2008, will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the “American Idol” finale, as well as other prizes.

To celebrate the new flavors, finalists Melinda Doolittle and Chris Richardson from the sixth season of “American Idol” will hit the road on a 20-city U.S. tour to sample the flavors with fans and perform private concerts for one lucky winner at each of the tour stops. The tour will make appearances in Atlanta, Bentonville, Ark., Charlotte, N.C., Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Conn., Houston, Jacksonville, Fla., Milwaukee, Nashville, Tenn., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Sacramento and San Diego, Calif., Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Fla., and Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Va.

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Kellogg launches whole-grain Pop-Tarts

BY Tara Smith

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Kellogg Co. today unveiled Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries with One Serving of Whole Grain, the newest extension to the line that delivers whole grain and fiber with the great taste kids lobe.

Available in two flavors, strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon, each serving of the whole grain Pop-Tarts is fortified with six vitamins and minerals and contains 16 grams of whole grains, one-third of the recommended 48 grams daily.

“Whether that’s no frosting, lower fat or enhancing nutritional value by adding whole grains and fiber, Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries offer a broad range of flavors and ingredients to personalize for different consumer demands,” said Jennifer Garrett, director of nutrition marketing at Kellogg.

Boxes of Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries with One Serving of Whole Grain are available nationwide in the cereal aisle of grocery retailers and retail for a suggested $1.99 per box.

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