CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2009 |
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.
June 23, 2009 |
Citing his own experience as a teenage smoker, President Obama on Monday predicted that a new law giving the Food and Drug Administration sweeping power to regulate tobacco will help young people avoid the smoking habit he has struggled with for years. The measure, which Obama signed into law Monday, will ban candy-, fruit- and spice-flavored cigarettes and prohibit use of tobacco-product logos and brand names in sponsoring athletic and entertainment events.
June 12, 2009 |
Capping a half-century battle with the tobacco industry, the Senate overwhelmingly approved landmark legislation Thursday that would for the first time give the government far-reaching power to regulate the manufacturing and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The House was expected to follow today.
May 30, 2009 |
In a historic shift in public health policy, Congress is poised to give the federal government sweeping new authority to regulate the manufacturing of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The legislation, long resisted by the tobacco industry, could allow consumers to see for the first time what chemicals and other additives tobacco companies put in their products.
May 23, 2009 |
A federal appeals court dealt a blow to cigarette makers Friday by upholding a landmark 2006 legal ruling that the companies lied for decades about the dangers of smoking. In a 93-page opinion, a three-judge panel cleared the way for new restrictions on how cigarette companies market and sell their products.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2009 |
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 |
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.
December 16, 2008 |
The Supreme Court cleared the way for a new era of tobacco litigation Monday, ruling that cigarette makers could be sued for allegedly deceiving smokers about the dangers of highly popular "light" cigarettes. The decision allows class-action lawsuits to proceed in several states and opens the door to suits in other states. Ten years ago, the tobacco industry agreed to a $206-billion settlement with 46 states to end lawsuits over the healthcare costs of smoking.
August 22, 2008 |
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 |
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.