Posts tagged: tobacco companies

Missouri hospitals lose lawsuit against U.S. tobacco companies

Tweet The amounts were for destitute and non-paying patients whom medical ethics mandate hospital to treat regardless of their ability to pay. Missouri hospitals lost in a lawsuit against U.S. tobacco firms after a St. Louis jury declared that the cigarette companies are not liable for money spent on people with smoking-related ailments on Friday. The 40 Missouri hospitals claimed in their 1998 lawsuit that Philip Morris unit of Altria Group, the ... Jump to full article >>

Dems criticize using tobacco payments for business loans

Tweet HARRISBURG — The governor’s proposed economic development loan fund would count on some money previously used for health care programs to help him to dole out business loans. Of the $2 billion anticipated for the fund, $220 million would come from the annual payments Pennsylvania receives as a result of a 1998 lawsuit settlement with tobacco companies. Gov. Tom Corbett said the new loan program, dubbed the Liberty Loan Fund, wou ... Jump to full article >>

Menthol Cigarette Ban? Tobacco Companies Sue FDA

Tweet A proposed menthold cigarette ban has tobacco companies fighting US health regulators in court in an effort to stop consideration of the ban. Lorillard Inc and Reynolds American Inc’s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co unit filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration based on “conflicts of interest and bias among members” of the FDA advisory panel, which is researching the possible ban. The lawsuit accuses three tobacc ... Jump to full article >>

PA demands rights for KP over tobacco crop

Tweet Opposition and treasury benches in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly said on Tuesday tobacco companies were exploiting growers in league with tobacco board, demanding an end to monopoly of international companies. In his adjournment motion, Abdul Akbar Khan, parliamentary leader of the Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarians (PPPP), said tobacco was the cash crop of farmers of the province and was not produced in other provinces. He said ... Jump to full article >>

Theft raises questions about use and safety of tobacco settlement money

Tweet In the days since Virginia’s former secretary of finance admitted that he stole $4 million earmarked for the state’s most economically depressed areas, many have begun to question whether more than $1 billion from a settlement with the nation’s largest tobacco companies has been spent properly and if the money is safe. In the past decade, more than 1,300 projects in Virginia have been funded, including high-speed Internet ... Jump to full article >>

Liberals push to widen ban on donations

Tweet The NSW Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, has called for a ban on political donations other than from individuals after he was criticised by the state government and the Greens for continuing to accept money from tobacco companies. The Greens MP John Kaye has said he will seek to amend an election funding bill before Parliament to ban tobacco companies from making political donations in NSW. The amendment is supported by the Premier ... Jump to full article >>

DOJ, Tobacco Lawyers Back in Court Over Injunction

Tweet Government lawyers and attorneys for a group of tobacco companies met Wednesday to discuss how to implement a sweeping injunction lodged against the industry in 2006 by a federal judge who found the companies conspired for decades to conceal the health risks of smoking. The brief status hearing marked the first time in more than two years that the attorneys for both sides appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco ban hurts NASCAR at its roots

Tweet Red Man and Longhorn tobacco have donned the hoods and door panels of NASCAR’s Greg Biffle’s Nationwide car and Ron Hornaday Jr.’s Camping World truck all season. I’ve never had any desire to go out and purchase either product — I don’t dip. But the Food and Drug Administration has decided that neither belong in NASCAR any longer. Starting on June 22, the FDA will ban tobacco companies from sponsoring sports events, such as NASC ... Jump to full article >>

Manatee smoker is suing tobacco companies

Tweet Jimmy Willis spoke to the jury with an electrolarynx pressed against the hole in his throat to blame two tobacco companies for his cancers. “I would say, ‘Take a look at me,'” said Wills, a 30-year smoker from Bradenton who is frail with illness. “I have cancer. They lied about what it would cause you to get.” Willis is suing tobacco companies for millions because he has cancer he said was caused by smoking. Hi ... Jump to full article >>

Scots men may start to outlive women as toll of tobacco hits

Tweet WOMEN in Scotland are failing to improve their health at the same rate as men and may not continue to outlive them for much longer, according to Scotland’s leading doctor. Men are giving up smoking in their thousands and exercising more, meaning they will live for seven more years, on average, compared with 1980. But while women still have a greater life expectancy than men, the gap is narrowing, as many continue to smoke and lead les ... Jump to full article >>