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Judge denies class action in cigarette lawsuits

November 25th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

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A federal judge in Maine yesterday denied class-action status to four lawsuits accusing Philip Morris USA of misleading smokers about the health risks of light cigarettes.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. concerns lawsuits that were filed in Illinois, Maine, California and Washington, D.C., alleging that Henrico County-based Philip Morris USA marketed light cigarettes as healthier than regular cigarettes in violation of various consumer-protection and false-advertising laws.
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Tax evasion in cigarette industry reaches shocking levels

November 25th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

cigarette industry
Government has faced a revenue loss of Rs 45 billion during the last six years on account of tax evasion, smuggling and counterfeiting in cigarette industry due to failure of government’s authorities in taking concrete steps.

According to industrial data, government had to face a revenue loss of Rs 7.5 billion in the current year, Rs 6.5 billion in 2009, Rs 6 billion in 2008, Rs 5.59 billion in 2007, Rs 5.48 billion in 2006 and Rs 4.1 billion in 2005 on account of tax evasion.
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Beer and cigarette use drops, liquor and smokeless tobacco up

November 25th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

Beer and cigarette
Nevadans and tourists are drinking less beer but are continuing to gulp down hard liquor, wine and cordials.

And cigarette smoking is declining in the state but there’s an increase in the use of cigars and smokeless tobacco.

Those are the findings of financial experts in predicting part of the state’s tax collections in the next two years.
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Marijuana therapy interruption is cruel

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Marijuana news Tags:

Marijuana therapy
The proposal by the state Board of Medical Examiners (BME) to make New Jersey doctors try to wean their patients off of medical marijuana every three months is simply another example of how the crafting of medical marijuana regulations is being driven by fear, ignorance and hostility (“Christie: Tighten rules on medical marijuana,” Nov. 16).
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Blacks divided over possible menthol ban

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Cigarettes flavors Tags:

menthol ban
The longest Samuel Johnson has ever been able to give up menthol cigarettes is three months. Every time he tries to quit, he said, that cool, minty flavor that first drew him and other African-American smokers to menthols lures him back. “Everybody has a habit and mine is smoking cigarettes,” said Johnson, 20, standing outside Harold Washington College downtown between classes with other young students, many of them puffing on menthols. Ream more »

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Cigarettes and Four Loko have different rules

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

sale of cigarettes
While watching the TV news, there was a story regarding the alcoholic drink, Four Loko. It was mentioned that local distributors are being asked to stop selling the product due to its caffeine and high alcohol content. Interestingly, the very next news piece was in regard to the discussion of placing disturbing graphics on cigarette packaging to deter smokers from buying and smoking cigarettes. Read more

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Bahrain may ban e-cigarettes

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Electronic cigarettes Tags: ,

e-cigarettes
Bahrain could eventually outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes, according to a senior health official. They are just as harmful as normal cigarettes, but a ban would only be introduced if a consensus was reached at GCC level, said primary care and public health assistant under-secretary Dr Mariam Al Jalahma. ‘The only difference is that e-cigarettes do not produce smoke,’ she told our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News (GDN) in reaction to reports that e-cigarettes had been banned in the UAE. Read more

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Man who bargained sex for cigarettes sentenced to one year in jail

November 24th, 2010 Posted in Tobacco news Tags:

sex for cigarettes
A former employee at a Litchfield group home who had sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in exchange for a pack of cigarettes, was sentenced to one year in jail in Litchfield Superior Court Tuesday. David Traverso, 34, of 708 Colony Road in Meriden, previously pleaded guilty in Litchfield Superior Court to second-degree sexual assault. Read more

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Tobacco tax hikes help black market

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco industry Tags:

Tobacco black market
The government should stop increasing taxes on tobacco to tackle the contraband cigarette problem, says the Canadian and Western Convenience Stores associations. Results of a Manitoba study released Wednesday by the CCSA show the average rate of contraband tobacco use is as high as 12%. Michel Gadbois, CCSA senior vicepresident, said the problem will only increase if taxes continue to rise.
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SF wants the Haight out of cigarette game

November 23rd, 2010 Posted in Tobacco marketing Tags:

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City officials may be indifferent to certain kinds of smoke in the Haight, but not so when it comes to marketing cigarettes using pictures of the iconic neighborhood.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Public Health Director Mitch Katz sent a letter Monday to R.J. Reynolds asking the tobacco company to cancel its “Break Free Adventure” marketing campaign for topcigarettes.biz/camel-cigarettes, saying the ads are geared toward children in violation of a 1998 settlement agreement between state governments and six tobacco companies.
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