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July 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Tobacco company rep David Howard waxes enthusiastic when he talks about a new product his employer, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., has developed: a pellet of finely cured tobacco, binders and flavoring that dissolves in the mouth in 10 minutes. Under test market in two U.S. cities — Denver and Charlotte, N.C. — Camel Orbs will join two dissolvable tobacco lozenges already on the market if it graduates to broader distribution. And Howard is optimistic it will. "These products provide smokers with an option to enjoy the pleasure of nicotine without bothering others," Howard said.
November 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
Tobacco companies lost a court fight to overturn new restrictions on advertising in places where cigarettes are sold in Britain. Justice Richard McCombe of the High Court rejected the companies' argument that the measure was draconian and disproportionate. The restrictions, which come into force Dec. 21, severely limit the number, size, location and content of promotional materials at tobacco "points of sale," including stores, pubs and clubs. Ads must include a prominent health warning.
April 5, 1990 | From Times wire services
Major American tobacco companies are manipulating trade laws and pressuring U.S. trade agencies in developing countries to ensure that markets for their products remain open, a top U.S. health official said today.
June 27, 1988
The awarding of $400,000 to the Cipollone estate by the Liggett Group Inc. is wrong. The estate deserves nothing. There were thousands of people--nay, millions--who read the same cigarette ads, watched the same programs on TV and chose not to smoke. At the proms I attended at Temple University, there were platters, piled high with cigarettes, free for the taking, all gifts of tobacco companies. Did I take any? No. I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. The decision to smoke or not rests ultimately with the individual.
With overwhelming bipartisan approval, the Assembly on Thursday helped clear a path to the courthouse door for California to recoup from tobacco companies the hundreds of millions of dollars it spends on treating smokers' illnesses. A bill by Speaker Cruz Bustamante (D-Fresno) proposing to amend the state's product liability law to allow state and local government to sue cigarette makers was sent to the state Senate on a 59-11 vote. Upon final passage and signing by Gov.
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