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Hawaii raises minimum age for tobacco products to 21

BY David Salazar

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor, David Ige, signed a bill Monday that prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from buying, selling, consuming or possessing cigaretetes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Hawaii is the first state to raise the minimum age of legal access to 21, with most states’s MLA being 18 years old, or 19 in four states.
 
“Raising the minimum age as part of our comprehensive tobacco control efforts will help reduce tobacco use among our youth and increase the likelihood that our [children] will grow up to be tobacco-free,” Ige said, citing the statistic that 86% of the state’s adult smokers started before they were 21 years old and 34 percent had started between the ages of 18 and 20.
 
The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and is part of Hawaii’s larger effort to curb smoking, which includes another law signed Monday that prohibits smoking in Hawaii state parks.
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Ideavillage’s Snackeez launches new 2-in-1 snack, drink cup

BY Lesley Thulin

NEW YORK — Snackeez, a product by Ideavillage, has launched a new, disposable 2-in-1 snack and drink cup called the Snackeez DUO. 
 
DUOs can hold up to two ounces in the cup and six ounces in the snack bowl, which nests into the cup’s rim and snaps in place to close. The product also includes a straw and a no-spill, flip-top snack bowl lid. 
 
Unlike the original Snackeez unit, the BPA-free, recyclable DUOs are designed to be disposable but are sturdy enough to be reused. Snackeez DUO are sold in packs of 10 for $9.99 and can be bought at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as Bed Bath & Beyond. 
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McKesson names Kathy McElligott CIO

BY David Salazar

SAN FRANCISCO — McKesson announced Monday that Kathy McElligott had been appointed EVP and chief information officer, as well as chief technology officer, effective July 20. She will succeed Randy Spratt who announced early this year that he would retire in the summer after 29 years with McKesson.

“We are delighted to welcome Kathy to our senior leadership team,” McKesson chairman and CEO John Hammergren said. “As a respected industry leader, her track record in strategic global technology and driving exceptional customer experience will help McKesson continue to deliver greater value to our customers and shareholders.”

McElligott will oversee McKesson’s enterprise business tech strategy and IT security among other duties as CIO and will guide the company’s healthcare technology products’ direction while providing support for companywide application development.

Most recently, McElligott was CIO at Emerson, where she has worked since 2000, previously serving as VP, information technology of Emerson Power Transmission and Emerson Industrial Automation. 

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