Posts tagged: law

Tobacco Reviews, Cuomo Agency Merger, Defining Swaps: Compliance

Tweet Tobacco companies led by Altria Group Inc. and Reynolds American Inc. must get U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to sell products introduced or changed in the past four years, a move that may let the agency keep more addictive items off the market. Products that weren’t commercially available on Feb. 15, 2007, must be submitted for review, the FDA said yesterday in a statement. Items that aren’t “substantially equivalent” t ... Jump to full article >>

Federal Judge Stops NYC from Requiring Grisfy Pictures Where Tobacco Sold

Tweet Federal Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan has held that the New York City Health Department cannot adopt a rule which would require that gruesome photographs of smokers suffering from various forms of cancer be placed beside cash registers in more than 11,000 bodegas and convenience stores in the city. “Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law, for our sake as well as theirs,” t ... Jump to full article >>

Judge Rejects City Law on Antismoking Posters

Tweet A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a New York City law that would have forced all bodegas and convenience stores to post gruesome images of diseased lungs, brains and teeth in the shops to discourage people from buying cigarettes. In a 13-page ruling, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of United States District Court in Manhattan wrote that while the law was well intentioned, it violated federal law since only the federal government had the authorit ... Jump to full article >>

US Judge Questions Applying Landmark Ruling To British American Tobacco

Tweet A U.S. trial judge on Monday questioned whether a British American Tobacco PLC (BTI, BATS.LN) subsidiary remained subject to her landmark 2006 racketeering ruling against the tobacco industry. U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler suggested that new legal precedent by the U.S. Supreme Court may upend her previous decision that British American Tobacco (Investments) Ltd. was liable under U.S. racketeering laws. Kessler told U.S. governmen ... Jump to full article >>

Petitions seeking O’Fallon, Mo., smoking ban qualify for April ballot

Tweet Smoking ban petitioners in O’Fallon got enough valid signatures to qualify their proposal for the April 5 election ballot, the St. Charles County Election Authority said Monday. Rich Chrismer, the county’s elections director, said his office verified that the Smoke-Free O’Fallon organization got signatures of 1,082 registered voters in the city. That’s far more than the 791 needed. Under the city charter, the City C ... Jump to full article >>

Lawmakers asked to free kids from cigarettes

Tweet Six-year-old Alon gets a daily allowance of P20 for food and school supplies. With that she can buy either a stick of banana-cue and one cup of juice, or a small bag of chips and 10 pieces of candy, or 2 kiddie cigarette packs, with each pack containing 5 cigarette sticks. That’s how shockingly affordable cigarettes are to kids these days. Coupled with a weak implementation of the law prohibiting sale to minors, it’s no wonder why at le ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco tax not funding health programs

Tweet Most of the programs that were to be funded by a hike in Arkansas’ tobacco tax either haven’t seen the money or have been underfunded since the increase took effect, an advocacy group said in a report released Thursday. Only five of 23 programs that were expected to be funded by a 56-cent increase in cigarette taxes in 2009 have been fully funded, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families said its report, “The 2009 Toba ... Jump to full article >>

AGs in six states put under microscope in ATRA report

Tweet WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A tort reform group says, in a new report, that some plaintiffs attorneys have used their relationships with state attorneys general as “a litigious cash cow.” The American Tort Reform Association study — titled “Beyond Reproach? Fostering Integrity and Public Trust in the Offices of State Attorneys General” — says it is no coincidence that some of the biggest contribut ... Jump to full article >>

Minneapolis: More study on tobacconists’ rule

Tweet How much of a cigar should a connoisseur be able to test in a tobacco shop? That question hung in the air Monday, one of the issues discussed as a proposal to curb tobacco sampling in Minneapolis got a hearing at City Hall. In the end, a City Council committee postponed action so the plan could get some fine-tuning. The 2007 state law that outlawed smoking in virtually all indoor public places and workplaces contained an exemption for tobac ... Jump to full article >>

Law banning smoking in cars faces obstacles in UAE

Tweet Dubai: While the UAE has taken major steps to protect people from second-hand smoke, stricter measures to protect children are taking longer because of “obstacles”, a senior health official said. Dr Wedad Al Maidour, head of the national tobacco control committee, said the law prohibiting smoking in a car if a child is aboard is taking time to enforce. The health ministry official was responding to a study in the British medical ... Jump to full article >>