Posts tagged: tobacco industry

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Why we need a ban on menthol cigarettes

Tweet No action the Food and Drug Administration and the Obama administration could take would do more to save lives, reduce health-care costs and curb the tobacco industry’s exploitation of children and minority teens than to ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes. Consider these findings from a March report by an FDA panel: Eighty percent of adolescent African American smokers use menthol cigarettes. Most adolescent Hispanic American smokers us ... Jump to full article >>

C-Stores Threatened by Swipe Fees, Contraband Tobacco

Tweet Canadian Convenience Stores Association urges members to band together to try to bring about industry change. ONTARIO – According to the recently released annual report from the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA), high credit card transaction fees, contraband tobacco, and regulation abuse are having a severe impact on Canada’s convenience store industry, forcing 350 to close last year, LFPress.com reports. Last year, sales a ... Jump to full article >>

Producing safer tobacco critical in capturing foreign markets

Tweet The rapid growth of middle classes in China, India and other countries over the past few years has opened up new markets for Southeastern tobacco. Health problems associated with tobacco use are well circulated worldwide and making tobacco safer is an ongoing challenge for the tobacco industry. China is the world leader in tobacco production and a good example of how the tobacco market is likely to go in the near future. As is the case for ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco industry calls for plain packaging of cigarettes

Tweet A major tobacco-industry funded advertising blitz has backfired, with new research revealing the “It won’t work, so why do it” campaign persuaded more people to support the plain packaging of cigarettes than oppose it. The Cancer Council Victoria survey of 2,101 Victorians who recalled the ad campaign found has found that more than eight out of ten (86.2%) respondents said the ad didn’t affect their view of plain pac ... Jump to full article >>

FDA considers ban on menthol cigarette sales

Tweet A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel urged a ban on menthol cigarettes because they believe a ban would be beneficial to public health. With their enticing cool and minty flavor, menthol cigarettes have emerged as one of the most controversial products made by the tobacco industry. Kids are particularly drawn to them, with nearly 45% of smokers aged 12 to 17 using menthol cigarettes, according to a 2009 National Survey on Drug Use ... Jump to full article >>

1st set of local tobacco trials set to begin

Tweet DELAND — The case to decide the first of more than 130 local cigarette smoker lawsuits will begin — for the second time — this week. The first trial in Koballa v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. ended in a mistrial in October after jurors said they couldn’t agree on the word addiction, which was required to determine whether the company should be held liable for Stella Koballa’s smoking-related illness. Attorneys rep ... Jump to full article >>

Teen Use Of Menthol Cigarettes On the Rise

Tweet The use of menthol cigarettes is rising among adolescents and is “very high” among minority youth, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said in partial draft report released Monday. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee could make a recommendation about whether menthol flavoring should be banned. The panel’s report is due next week. Menthol cigarettes account for about 30% of total cigarette sales in ... Jump to full article >>