Saturday, December 9, 2017

In the News: e-cigarettes increasing popular; Gatehouse Media to purchase Boston Herald

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular among young people, they are beginning to come under heightened scrutiny. 
“A lot of kids don’t understand these are dangerous products and contain nicotine,” said Marc Hymovitz, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Massachusetts. 
In Massachusetts, vaping has become significantly more popular than smoking cigarettes among high school students. Using e-cigarettes is not called smoking — it is referred to as vaping — despite the similarities to traditional cigarettes. Unlike combustible cigarettes, however, vaping produces an aerosol vapor instead of a smoke. 
Nearly 24 percent of Massachusetts high school students reported currently using e-cigarettes or vape pens, according to a 2015 Department of Public Health survey. More than 44 percent reported ever trying vaping."
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"Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced today that the media company with its flagship Boston Herald tabloid has reached an agreement for GateHouse Media LLC to acquire the company’s operational assets. The purchase is subject to court approval. 
The announcement came this afternoon as Purcell gathered management and staff in the Herald newspaper’s offices on Fargo Street in Boston’s Seaport District. He spoke first with his long-time management team and immediately following with staff from across all departments. 
In a simultaneous letter to employees, Purcell wrote: “I am very proud of the spectacular management team with whom I have worked hand in hand over the years. And I am equally as proud of the excellent staff in all areas of our company who have worked tirelessly to make the Boston Herald a relevant and respected provider of local and regional news for Boston and the area.”

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Gatehouse Media is the publisher of the Milford Daily News and the Franklin Gazette

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