Contraband cigs worth RM2m seized

Tweet KOTA KINABALU: City Marine Operations Force (MOF) personnel have seized 176,000 packets of smuggled cigarette worth some RM2 million. A driver of a lorry transporting the contraband cigarettes was detained while another managed to escape during the separate raids at about 9pm on Tuesday in Menggatal. Acting city police chief Supt Ramli Ali Amat told reporters at a news conference here yesterday that during the first raid, a team of MOF per ... Jump to full article >>

Texas House Slashes Loose-Leaf Tobacco Tax

Tweet The lawmakers reduced the tax on loose-leaf tobacco from $1.13 per ounce to 80 cents. AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House approved a 33-cent decrease to the state’s loose-leaf tobacco tax, the American-Statesman reports. The bill would drop the loose-leaf tobacco tax from $1.13 to 80 cents. “We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products,” said Rep. Jason Isaac, who was the lone member to speak up against the bi ... Jump to full article >>

Homer City mulls tobacco-free zones

Tweet Homer City Council will consider an ordinance that will establish tobacco-free zones within the borough. At Tuesday’s meeting, council voted to advertise the ordinance which would ban the use of all tobacco products at the borough’s parks as well as the municipal building on Wiley Street. The ban would cover both the interior and the grounds of the borough building. The ordinance was written after councilwoman Jennifer Jaworski ... Jump to full article >>

California Supreme Court addresses legal deadlines for tobacco lawsuits

Tweet The court rules that smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier. Smokers may sue the tobacco industry once they develop a disease like lung cancer, even if they suffered different smoking-related ailments years earlier, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The decision is likely to keep lawsuits alive that might ... Jump to full article >>

MSU leaders vote to make campus tobacco-free

Tweet Once Montana State University had smoking lounges, professors smoked in class and U.S. Tobacco not only sponsored the annual college rodeo, but handed out free chewing tobacco samples to spectators at the Fieldhouse. Over the last generation, tobacco has been increasingly restricted, and on Wednesday, campus leaders on MSU’s University Council took a historic vote, unanimously endorsing the idea of making the Bozeman campus tobacco-fr ... Jump to full article >>

Malloy signs $40.1 billion budget

Tweet Hartford, Conn. — Now that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a two-year $40.1 billion Democratic budget deal into law, attention focuses on a $2 billion gap he still hopes to fill with savings from Connecticut’s state employees. Malloy said Wednesday that his administration continues to meet behind closed doors with “our fellow state employees,” trying to resolve “remaining issues” and come up with a plan for saving $2 billion ov ... Jump to full article >>

The News Keeps Breaking Big Tobacco’s Way

Tweet Last week, Big Tobacco players Altria, Lorillard, and Reynolds American closed out a 13-year legal battle with a victory. These tobacco companies and others were sued by the city of St. Louis and 37 area hospitals for nearly $455 million in a bid to recover costs from 1993 to 2010 of treating smoking-related illnesses for patients who were unable to pay. The hospitals claimed that the industry had purposely produced an “unreasonably d ... Jump to full article >>

Registration Of Tobacco Sellers Would Strengthen Tobacco Laws

Tweet Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) says retailers facing prosecution for selling tobacco to minors will become simpler and less costly to administer under new tobacco laws, but there is a need for a register of all tobacco sellers. A Taumarunui retailer is facing prosecution and a fine of up to $2000 after selling cigarettes to a person under 18 years of age. Changes under the Smoke-free Environments Amendment Bill before Parliament would s ... Jump to full article >>

Lorillard CEO: No need to venture beyond cigs

Tweet RICHMOND, Va. — Lorillard Inc. CEO Murray Kessler says there’s no immediate need for the cigarette maker to venture into other forms of tobacco like its competitors. In an investor presentation on Wednesday in New York, Kessler said the nation’s third-largest cigarette maker will continue to focus on its core business. Its flagship Newport brand holds about 35 percent of the menthol cigarette market and about 10 percent of ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax to increase

Tweet The Health Bureau (SS) has plans to raise the tobacco tax prior to the anti-smoking law becoming effective on January 1, 2012. SS director Lei Chin Ion told reporters yesterday the bureau has proposed a rise in the tax to the Economic Services Bureau and is now working on several administrative regulations to accompany the anti-smoking law, according to TDM news. The anti-smoking law was published yesterday in the Official Gazette. The law ... Jump to full article >>