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NEWS
May 27, 1994 | From Associated Press
Gov. Lawton Chiles signed a law Thursday touted as the nation's toughest anti-tobacco measure, giving Florida new legal tools to sue tobacco companies for the costs of caring for Medicaid patients stricken by smoking-related illnesses. The move came just days after Mississippi sued 13 cigarette manufacturers seeking to make them reimburse taxpayers for the cost of smoking-related illnesses. "We're going to take the Marlboro man to court," Chiles said.
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BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
October 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
India banned smoking in public places, leaving public health officials with a tough task: getting the nation's estimated 120 million smokers to stub out their cigarettes. As more countries have clamped down on smoking in recent years, Indians have freely puffed away at playgrounds, railway stations, sidewalk cafes and even hospitals. No more; and a violator will get a $5 fine. For years, anti-smoking laws in the nation of nearly 1.2 billion people have been widely ignored. And tobacco companies have fought the government to keep warnings off boxes.
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