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June 29, 2009 | Shari Roan; Shara Yurkiewicz
Blake Brown He is an agricultural economist at North Carolina State University and provides economic analysis and educational programming for tobacco and peanut producers. Brown has worked with the tobacco industry and health advocates to understand factors that affect the demand for tobacco products. "It's very hard to quantify the impact of regulations on the demand for tobacco. But I would think there would be two effects as a result of this legislation.
June 25, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher and Patrick McGreevy
As lawmakers rejected the core of a Democrat-backed budget plan intended to tame California's $24-billion deficit, a top finance official warned that the budget crisis could force him to begin issuing IOUs next week. Controller John Chiang announced that he would have to start paying many of the state's bills with IOUs on July 2 if the partisan tug-of-war over the deficit isn't ended by then.
May 19, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court revived a major class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry Monday, ruling that smokers could hold it accountable for alleged deceptive advertising. After years of consumer cases meeting their demise in lower courts, the state high court's 4-3 decision helped resuscitate a key consumer law that voters sharply limited in 2004 in the wake of lawsuit scandals. Justice Carlos R.
April 3, 2009 | Rebecca Cole
The House on Thursday voted to give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented powers to regulate the tobacco industry. The measure would allow the FDA to reject new tobacco products, restrict advertising and take other steps. It passed easily, 298 to 112, but may face a filibuster in the Senate. Anti-smoking groups have clamored for years for the government to exert more control over the industry.
August 22, 2008 | Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO -- Tobacco promotions and depictions of smoking in movies cause teenagers to start smoking, according to a sweeping report on tobacco in the media released Thursday. The report by the National Cancer Institute found that the tobacco industry spent more than $13 billion on smoking-related advertising and promotion in 2005. These efforts boosted overall tobacco use, contradicting industry claims that they are intended to build brand loyalty. "This is the first government report to present definitive conclusions that, No. 1, tobacco advertising and promotion are causally related to increased tobacco use in the population," said Dr. Ronald Davis, senior scientific editor of the report and past president of the American Medical Assn.
July 31, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that for the first time would subject the tobacco industry to regulation by federal health authorities charged with promoting public well-being. Its backers call the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act "landmark" legislation. Though it appears to have enough support to pass this year, it's unclear whether the Senate will have time to act, and the Bush administration is strongly opposed.
October 2, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
washington -- Cigarette makers lost a U.S. Supreme Court bid to prevent smokers in potentially thousands of Florida lawsuits from taking advantage of jury findings against the industry. The justices on Monday left intact the Florida Supreme Court's conclusion that the 1999 jury verdict would apply to future lawsuits. The jury found that cigarette makers withheld information about smoking risks and put unreasonably dangerous products on the market. Philip Morris and Reynolds American Inc.'s R.J.
August 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Philip Morris USA said it would introduce a moist smokeless tobacco product this fall under the Marlboro brand, selling it first in the Atlanta area. The Richmond, Va.-based company will sell the spitting tobacco in original and wintergreen flavors for about $3 a can. It is part of a wider effort to sell more smokeless products in the U.S. as cigarette consumption declines because of health concerns, smoking bans and price increases. Philip Morris USA is owned by New York-based Altria Group.
August 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A state appeals court has thrown out a $20-million jury award against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. but narrowly agreed there was enough evidence that the company had tried to hide the dangers of smoking from the public. In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel with the Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District upheld the verdict against Brown & Williamson in a case filed by the family of a woman who died after smoking Kool brand cigarettes for almost 50 years.
June 25, 2007 | Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post
Judith D. Wilkenfeld, an attorney who became one of the world's experts on legal issues related to tobacco policy, has died. She was 64. Wilkenfeld died May 24 of pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, D.C. At the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Wilkenfeld sued tobacco companies, helped enforce federal policies and played a major role in the negotiation of the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
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