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Report: Teen smoking falls significantly across 41 states

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Current cigarette smoking among 12- to 17-year-olds fell significantly from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued last week. The report also found that during the same period, adolescent perception of risk from cigarette smoking has remained unchanged in most states.

“The Surgeon General’s Report on Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults notes that smoking is the nation’s leading cause of preventable death,” stated SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde. “Although this report shows that considerable progress has been made in lowering adolescent cigarette smoking, the sad, unacceptable fact remains that in many states about one in 10 adolescents smoked cigarettes in the past month. The report also shows that we must collectively redouble our efforts to better educate adolescents about the risks of tobacco and continue to work with every state and community to promote effective tobacco use prevention and recovery programs.”

Adolescent cigarette use nationwide declined from 12.6% to 8.7%, but significant differences remained among states. For example, Wyoming had the nation’s highest rate of 13.5% — more than double the rate of 5.9% for Utah, the state with the nation’s lowest rate. The study defined current use as smoking in the past month.

The report showed that youths’ perception of great risk of harm from smoking one pack per day or more rose from 63.7% to 65.4% overall. However, the rate increased in only five states; the remaining states stayed at about the same level.

The report, “State Estimates of Adolescent Cigarette Use and Perceptions of Risk of Smoking: 2009 and 2010,” is based on findings from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports for the years 2002-2003 and 2009-2010.

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Mike Cirilli joins Rite Aid

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Mike Cirilli has joined Rite Aid as senior director of OTC and private label, Rite Aid said.

With 29 years of work experience in retail category management and merchandising, Cirilli most recently was VP merchandising with Duane Reade, where he worked for 16 years, and was a director and VP supply chain for Krasdale Foods. At Rite Aid, he will report to group VP category management Bill Bergin.

A native of New York, Cirilli earned his bachelor degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Cirilli left Duane Reade in August 2009, replaced by Paul Tiberio, who joined the company from Shaw’s Supermarkets.

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New stomach remedy Di-Gel to provide New York Black Friday shoppers much needed relief

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — Di-Gel Products on Friday announced a "Di-Gel Comfort Zone" with complementary, clean restrooms will be established in downtown Manhattan the day after Thanksgiving to help alleviate some of the discomfort from Thanksgiving meals the day before and the long retail lines associated with Black Friday. 

The "Comfort Zone" will be open to New York City shoppers from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the east sidewalk of 5th Avenue between 17th and 18th streets and will provide clean, free restrooms, a heated tent, phone charging stations, comfortable seating and samples of Di-Gel.

Di-Gel is a fast-acting, all-in-one solution for consumers in need of digestive relief. The fast relief is due in part to the product’s dual benefit of having both an anti-gas and antacid use. “We really want this event to be about rewarding New York shoppers and making them a little more comfortable during a very hectic time of year,” stated Bernie Kropfelder, EVP and general manager of OTC at ILEX Consumer Products Group, the parent company of Di-Gel Products. “We all overdo it at times, and we often pay for it with an upset stomach. Di-Gel is the solution for when that catches up with you.”

The product launched early November with the brand tagline “When you overdo, Undo.” To check out the brand’s latest television commercial, click here

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