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US/WORLD: Smokeless Tobacco to Get Push by Venture Overseas
by Kevin HellikerWall Street Journal
February 4th, 2009
Swedish Match AB and Philip Morris International Inc. announced a joint venture Tuesday to market smokeless tobacco world-wide. The venture combines a world-wide giant in smokeless, Swedish Match, with the world's second-largest purveyor of cigarettes, PMI, an Altria Inc. spinoff.

US: Tobacco Trial Opens in Florida, First of Many Suits
by Associated PressWall Street Journal
February 3rd, 2009
The first of about 8,000 lawsuits blaming the health problems and deaths of Florida smokers on tobacco companies went to trial Tuesday. The key to the case is proving whether now-deceased Stuart Hess was addicted to cigarettes made by Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris, a unit of Altria Group.

US: Altria Ruling Ignites Legal Moves
by BRENT KENDALLThe Wall Street Journal
December 21st, 2008
The Supreme Court's ruling last week allowing smokers in Maine to sue Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris unit for allegedly deceptive advertising of "light" cigarettes already is prompting new legal activity, including an effort to revive a multibillion-dollar case against the tobacco company that had been thrown out.

US: Altria Said to Be in Talks With Tobacco Maker UST
by ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and ANDREW MARTINThe New York Times
September 4th, 2008
Altria Group is in advanced talks to buy UST, the maker of the popular Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands, for more than $10 billion, people with close knowledge of the negotiations said late Thursday. The terms could not be learned.

US: Menthol Dose Manipulated, Study Says
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
July 17th, 2008
A new Harvard study claims that the tobacco industry in recent years has manipulated menthol levels in cigarettes to hook youngsters and maintain loyalty among smoking adults. The report could further inflame a controversy over menthol in pending tobacco legislation.

TOBACCO: Altria Drops New Filter Cigarettes, In Strategy Setback
by VANESSA O'CONNELLThe Wall Street Journal
June 23rd, 2008
The nation's largest cigarette maker, Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA, has failed in yet another attempt to sell Americans on a potentially safer cigarette, pulling the plug on Marlboro Ultra Smooth, a version of Marlboro that used a high-technology filter.

TOBACCO: FTC Counters Altria In 'Light' Cigarettes Case
by LAUREN POLLOCKThe Wall Street Journal
June 20th, 2008
The Federal Trade Commission is asking the Supreme Court to reject Altria Group Inc.'s argument that only that agency can regulate cigarette advertising, saying such an interpretation mischaracterizes the FTC's "scope and effect" on the issue.

TOBACCO: Profits in Hand, Wealthy Family Cuts Tobacco Tie
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 11th, 2008
Now, the next generation of Tisches has removed tobacco from the portfolio of the conglomerate they lead, the Loews Corporation, spinning off its tobacco unit, Lorillard, as a stand-alone business, with the Newport brand representing more than 90 percent of the new company’s revenue. The new stock began trading Tuesday, and analysts have said the new company might be a takeover target.

US: Calstrs May Remove Ban on Tobacco Stocks
by CRAIG KARMINThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
In a move that could reverberate throughout the fund industry, the nation's second-largest pension fund is considering lifting a nearly eight-year ban on tobacco investments.

US: Opposition to Menthol Cigarettes Grows
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
The seven, from Democratic and Republican administrations, faxed a letter to members of the Senate and House of Representatives demanding that menthol-flavored cigarettes be banned just like various other cigarette flavorings the legislation would outlaw.

US: At One University, Tobacco Money Is a Secret
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
May 22nd, 2008
On campuses nationwide, professors and administrators have passionately debated whether their universities should accept money for research from tobacco companies. But not at Virginia Commonwealth University, a public institution in Richmond, Va.

US: Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
May 13th, 2008
Some public health experts are questioning why menthol, the most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe
BBC NEWS
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.

US: Reynolds Ads Oppose Move to Regulate Tobacco
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
April 1st, 2008
As legislation moves through Congress that would empower the F.D.A. to regulate the tobacco industry, Reynolds, whose brands include Camel cigarettes, is attacking what it views as the bill’s vulnerability: a weak, overextended F.D.A.

US: Cigarette Company Paid for Lung Cancer Study
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
March 26th, 2008
Prominent cancer researchers and journal editors, told of the foundation by The Times, said they were stunned to learn of Dr. Henschke’s association with Liggett.

US: Some Campuses Decide Tobacco Company Money Is ‘Tainted’
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
February 4th, 2008
Across academia, universities and graduate schools are wrestling with whether to accept financing from tobacco companies for research or student activities. In the past few years, 15 public health and medical schools have turned away donations from the industry; McCombs’ move was unusual because of its longstanding ties to an array of corporations.

US: Altria to spin off foreign cigarette unit March 28
by Vinnee TongAssociated Press
January 31st, 2008
Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday it would spin off its international tobacco business on March 28, freeing it to pursue cigarette sales more aggressively without ties to its U.S. counterpart - and U.S. regulatory oversight.

NIGERIA: Nigeria delays $44bn smoking case
by BBC NewsBBC
January 14th, 2008
A court in Nigeria has adjourned a multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought by the government against three major tobacco firms until March.

US: Nicotine boost was deliberate, study says
by Stephen SmithBoston Globe
January 18th, 2007
Data supplied by tobacco companies strongly suggest that in recent years manufacturers deliberately boosted nicotine levels in cigarettes to more effectively hook smokers, Harvard researchers conclude in a study being released today.

US: Tobacco Deal Haunts Contender for WHO Chief
by John Lyons and Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
October 24th, 2006
Julio Frenk was a finalist for the top job at the World Health Organization three years ago. The post is available again, but the Mexican health minister's latest campaign for the job may go up in smoke.

US: Tobacco firms to face US class action over 'light' cigarettes
by Simon BowersThe Guardian (UK)
September 26th, 2006
Leading tobacco firms in the US, including British American Tobacco, are to face a class action lawsuit seeking punitive damages of up to $200bn (£105bn) relating to the alleged fraudulent promotions suggesting "light" branded cigarettes are safer, or less addictive, than regular ones.

US: Tobacco Makers Lose Key Ruling on Latest Suits
by David Cay Johnston and Melanie Warner The New York Times
September 26th, 2006
In a legal blow to the tobacco industry, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled yesterday that people who smoked light cigarettes that were often promoted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes can press their fraud claim as a class-action suit.

US: BAT shredded evidence helpful to dying smokers' claims, judge says
by Simon BowersThe Guardian
August 22nd, 2006
British American Tobacco lawyers are planning to appeal against what the company called "vile" findings against it - particularly in relation to its systematic shredding of legally sensitive documents - contained in a 1,700-page judicial opinion delivered at the end of one of the largest civil trials ever heard in the US.

US: Big tobacco's got a 2-pack legal habit
by Al LewisThe Denver Post
July 17th, 2006
Isaac Enginda, 51, says he doesn't know how two packs of counterfeit Newport cigarettes may have ended up in the liquor store he owns in an industrial neighborhood in northeast Denver.

NEW ZEALAND: Tobacco company's claims disputed
One News
July 14th, 2006
On it's website, British and American Tobacco says many claims against environmental or second hand smoking have been overstated.

US: Court Voids $145 Billion Judgment in Tobacco Case
by Jeremy W. PetersThe New York Times
July 6th, 2006
The Florida Supreme Court upheld today a decision that threw out a $145 billion judgment against the nation's largest tobacco companies.

AUSTRALIA: Government Invests in Philip Morris
NEWS.com.au
June 26th, 2006
The government of New South Wales has made a large investment in the Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris. Critics say the government can't preach health and invest in tobacco simultaneously.

WORLD: WHO charges major tobacco firms for misleading public
Vietnam News Service
June 1st, 2006
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday accused the tobacco industry of continuing to use misleading labeling such as light, clean, fresh, cool or mild in order to lure millions of people, many of them children, to take up the deadly habit of smoking.

AUSTRALIA: Judge Reopens Investigation of BAT
by Elizabeth SextonThe Age
May 31st, 2006
A Sydney judge has reopened the legal assault on the tobacco industry with a preliminary finding that British American Tobacco's controversial document retention policy was intended to conceal the destruction of legally potent records.

US: Why Big Tobacco Loves Globalization
by Andrew LeonardSalon.com
May 24th, 2006
Tobacco consumption in the developed world is flat or declining, but it is booming worldwide, boosted by the removal of tariffs and other restrictions on trade that have been an integral part of globalization. But, tobacco, as its critics like to point out, is not like most other products – it's "the only legal consumer product that kills half of its regular users." So, naturally, governments are wont to regulate it.

US: State sues tobacco company that 'cheated' Florida out of $17 million
by Missy StoddardSouth Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 17th, 2006
One of the country's largest tobacco companies has cheated the state of Florida out of $17 million, according to Attorney General Charlie Crist, and on Wednesday the state filed a lawsuit seeking to get what it's owed.

GERMANY: EU to take Germany to court over tobacco ads
Reuters
April 12th, 2006
Germany could face legal action for failing to implement a ban on advertising tobacco, a European Commissioner was quoted on Wednesday as saying.

UK: Tobacco firms beat ban with 'smoking shelters'
by Glen Owen and Sarah HillsThe Mail (UK)
April 9th, 2006
Tobacco companies are planning to evade next year's smoking ban by giving thousands of pounds to pubs to spend on their outside spaces - so customers can continue to enjoy a cigarette with their drink.

US: For Tobacco, Stealth Marketing Is the Norm
by Julie BosmanNew York Times
March 10th, 2006
Tobacco companies, which are able to vastly outspend antitobacco groups, may still be winning the marketing wars. While tobacco companies have abandoned most conventional advertising, they are using other means to get their point across. Antismoking groups, on the other hand, are now struggling to find the money to maintain even a small-scale campaign.

US: Tobacco Firms' Suit Rejected
Reuters
February 22nd, 2006
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a free-speech challenge by two tobacco companies over California's anti-smoking ads.

US: Exposed: the secret corporate funding behind health research
by George MonbiotThe Guardian
February 7th, 2006
Three weeks ago, while looking for something else, I came across one of the most extraordinary documents I have ever read. It relates to an organisation called Arise (Associates for Research into the Science of Enjoyment). Though largely forgotten today, in the 1990s it was one of the world's most influential public-health groups.

AUSTRALIA: Big tobacco's filter ploy to beat bans
by Clara PiraniThe Australian
January 28th, 2006
British American Tobacco encouraged hotels to install ventilation air filtration systems, despite knowing they were ineffective at removing tobacco smoke.

GERMANY: Tobacco giant sponsors work on DNA repair
Nature.com
January 25th, 2006

US: Marlboro Smokers' Group Names Philip Morris in Suit
by Melanie WarnerThe New York Times
January 20th, 2006
A group of long-term Marlboro smokers filed an unusual lawsuit yesterday against Philip Morris USA, seeking to require the company to pay for medical tests to detect early-stage lung cancer.

LATIN AMERICA: Big Tobacco Fights Back
by Diego CevallosInter Press Service
January 12th, 2006
According to the non-governmental Corporate Accountability International, based in the northeastern U.S. city of Boston, the tobacco industry is interfering in public health policy in several Latin American countries, and is attempting to block the regulations implemented in compliance with the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

WORLD: Tobacco Companies Keep Profiting Despite Regulation
by Thomas Mulier and Chris BurrittBloomberg News
January 2nd, 2006
Shares of the three biggest companies - Altria Group, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco - are surging to record levels.

US: California Supreme Court overturns $14.8 million tobacco fine
by David KravetsAssociated Press
December 22nd, 2005
The California Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $14.8 million fine the state imposed on R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for illegally doling out free cigarettes at a beerfest, a biker rally and other public events.

CANADA: Bank of Canada Governor Dodge Testifies at JTI Tobacco Hearing
Bloomberg
December 20th, 2005
JTI-Macdonald Corp., a unit of Japan Tobacco Inc., and other defendants are accused of exporting cigarettes to the U.S. in the 1990s knowing they would be smuggled back into Canada for sale on the black market.

CHINA: Brand-name fix looms for tobacco firms in SAR first
by Mimi LauThe Standard (Hong Kong)
December 20th, 2005
Hong Kong may become the first jurisdiction in the world to force tobacco manufacturers to change the names of their brands, a government official has told legislators.

UGANDA: Ban Tobacco Adverts, Says Health Ministry
by Carol NatukundaNew Vision
December 19th, 2005
The health ministry of Uganda is exploring a ban on adverts and sponsorship by the tobacco industry.

US: Tobacco said drag on Indiana economy
Associated Press
December 19th, 2005
Indiana's economy would be better off without tobacco production or use, a Ball State University study found.

UK: Tobacco giants face smuggling fines
by Tom McGhie and Dan AtkinsonFinancial Mail
December 18th, 2005
Giant tobacco firms face punishing fines of more than £350m a year if they fail to help squash a smuggling racket that costs the Treasury billions in lost revenue.

AUSTRALIA: Ban on fruity smokes aimed at young
by Laura AndersonAdelaide Advertiser
December 18th, 2005
Fruit-flavoured cigarettes will be banned in South Australia under a State Government plan to curb smoking rates by 2010.

US: Philip Morris sells cigarettes, but can it sell integrity, too?
by Bruce MohlBoston Globe
December 18th, 2005
Philip Morris says it is trying to be a "responsible" tobacco company, but is that an oxymoron?

US: Court reverses Philip Morris verdict
by Brad DorfmanReuters
December 15th, 2005
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA, ordering a lower court to dismiss the case in which the company was accused of defrauding customers into thinking "light" cigarettes were safer than regular ones.

US: Big Tobacco Outspends Stop-Smoking Programs 28 to 1
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
November 30th, 2005
There is a growing gap between the inadequate amounts states are spending on tobacco prevention programs and the record sums the tobacco companies are spending to market cigarettes and other tobacco products, putting at risk the nation's progress in reducing youth smoking, according to a report released today by a coalition of public health organizations.

KOREA: Tobacco firm has secret North Korea plant
by Ian Cobain and David LeighThe Guardian
October 17th, 2005
British American Tobacco, the world's second largest cigarette company, has secretly been operating a factory in North Korea for the past four years, the Guardian has learned. The company opened the plant in a joint venture with a state owned corporation shortly before the regime was denounced by George Bush as a member of the "axis of evil", and despite widespread concern over the country's human rights record.

Britain: Clarke's evidence on BAT to be investigated for 'contradictions'
by Michael White and David LeighThe Guardian
October 4th, 2005
The chairman of the Commons health committee is to investigate allegations that Kenneth Clarke gave false evidence to parliament about the activities of his company British American Tobacco.

US: Jury Rules for Philip Morris
by  Myron LevinLA Times
April 22nd, 2005
A Moreno Valley man didn't prove that smoking caused his lung cancer, the panel decides after less than three hours of deliberations.

Study: Anti-Smoking Campaign is Helping
by Hilary RoxeAssociated Press
February 22nd, 2005
The American Legacy Foundation's "truth" campaign prevented about 300,000 youths from becoming smokers between 2000 and 2002, according to a study to be released Wednesday in the March edition of the American Journal of Public Health. But anti-smoking advocates say money for such campaigns is drying up.

US: Court Blocks Nation From Seeking Billions From Tobacco Industry
by David Stout New York Times
February 4th, 2005
A federal appeals court ruled, in a big victory for cigarette makers, that the federal government could not use an antiracketeering statute to collect $280 billion from the tobacco industry, which it accuses of conspiring for decades to hook people on smoking and conceal the deadly effects of the habit.

US: A Smoke Ring? That'll Cost you $280 Billion
The Economist
September 21st, 2004
The federal government launches its lawyers against the United States' leading cigarette makers

US: Judge Orders Philip Morris, Altria to Pay $2.75 Million
by Myron LevinLos Angeles Times

China: Tobacco Grips the Smokers' Republic
by Jonathan WattsGuardian (London)
December 4th, 2003
After signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Tobacco Control last month, China is obliged to tighten restrictions on cigarette marketing and consumption so that more priority is placed on countering the health risks rather than emphasising the tax revenues.

UK: British American Tobacco Buys Italian Tobacco Giant
by Susie MesureIndependent/UK
July 17th, 2003
British American Tobacco, the world's second biggest cigarette maker, last night kicked off a European acquisition drive with the 2.3bn (1.6bn) purchase of ETI of Italy.

US: Bush Tries to Weaken Tobacco Treaty
by David LazarusSan Francisco Chronicle
April 30th, 2003
As more than 160 nations prepare to sign a landmark treaty to control tobacco, the Bush administration is waging a last-ditch effort to gut the accord of its strongest provisions, including a worldwide ban on tobacco advertising.

US: Government Seeks $289 Billion from Tobacco
by Jonathan D. SalantAssociated Press
March 18th, 2003
The nation's tobacco companies should forfeit $289 billion in profits for a scheme to deceive and defraud smokers and the general public, the Justice Department says in court filings.

USA: Anti-smoking Measures Gain in Tobacco Country
by David M. HalbfingerNew York Times
March 4th, 2003
LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 26 The tobacco patches that cover the hilltops near here are dusted with snow, their sheds locked up till the spring thaw. But what is occupying farmers and politicians across Kentucky, the Carolinas and the rest of tobacco country seems as improbable as a blizzard in August.

Burma: Tobacco Giant under Pressure to Pull Out of Joint Venture
by Bob BurtonInterPress Service
March 4th, 2003
CANBERRA- Ahead of its mid-April annual general meeting, British American Tobacco (BAT) is facing increasing pressure from human rights groups in Asia and elsewhere to withdraw from a joint-venture partnership with the Burmese military regime.

UK: Former Tobacco Executive Faces Embarrassment over Burma Link
by Alison Maitland and Jean EagleshamFinancial Times
November 12th, 2002
Kenneth Clarke, former chancellor and deputy chairman of British American Tobacco, faces severe embarrassment today over revelations that he criticised companies investing in Burma -- where BAT has a joint venture with the military junta.

Iraq: Despite Embargo, Baghdad Gets Winstons; Who's to Blame?
by Steve Stecklow and Alix M. FreedmanThe Wall St. Journal
October 30th, 2002
Immediately after the Persian Gulf War ended in 1991, billions of Winstons and other American-brand cigarettes began turning up inside Iraq. Even now,the flow continues.Under U.S. trade sanctions, companies that make cigarettes in the U.S. can't knowingly sell them in the Iraqi market -- either directly or through intermediaries -- unless they obtain a license from the U.S. government.

UK: Tobacco Advertising Ban Passed
by Mike PeacockReuters
October 21st, 2002
LONDON -- Legislation to ban tobacco advertising in Britain cleared its last parliamentary hurdle on Monday and is set to become law.

World: WHO Chief Renews Attack on Tobacco
by Clare NullisAssociated Press
October 15th, 2002
GENEVA -- Warning that delay means more deaths, World Health Organization chief Gro Harlem Brundtland urged governments Tuesday to agree to sweeping anti-smoking restrictions and tighter controls on the tobacco industry.

Brazil: Tobacco Makes Farmers Sick
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
February 4th, 2002
Tobacco companies are jeopardizing the health of Third World tobacco farmers who are required to use dangerous pesticides under exclusive contracts that hook them to company credits, according to a report released Monday by a major development group.

Japan: Tobacco Firm to Profit from Cancer Vaccine
by Sarah BoseleyThe Observer
November 11th, 2001
One of the world's biggest tobacco companies aims to make billions of pounds from the diseases caused by cigarette smoking through deals with biotech companies for the exclusive rights to market future lung cancer vaccines.

USA: Oil Firms Fund 'Tobacco Terrorism'
by John CreedAnchorage Daily News
November 7th, 2001
We interrupt our regularly scheduled sense of decency for the following heart-breaking news bulletin: A huge tobacco company is spreading disease across our state with help from Williams Alaska Petroleum and Tesoro Alaska.

USA: Negotiator In Global Tobacco Talks Quits
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
August 2nd, 2001
The top U.S. official working on an international treaty to reduce cigarette smoking worldwide has resigned at a time when the United States is embroiled in contentious negotiations with more than 150 countries on how to counter the rising global use of tobacco.

Korea: Seoul Backs Down on Proposed Cigarette Tariff
by Renee KimBloomberg News
June 14th, 2001
South Korea backed down from plans to impose an immediate 40 percent tax on imported cigarettes, opting to introduce the tariff in 10 percent increments over four years, starting in July, to avoid potential trade conflicts.

USA: Jury Orders Philip Morris to Pay Record $3 Billion
by Jessica Wohl and Brad DorfmanReuters
June 7th, 2001
Shares in Philip Morris Cos. Inc. and other tobacco companies slipped on Thursday after a jury ordered the cigarette giant to pay a record $3 billion in damages to a smoker, but investors remained calm amid expectations the verdict will be overturned or reduced.

World: U.S. Under Fire Over Tobacco Treaty
by Frances WilliamsFinancial Times
May 7th, 2001
Negotiations on an international tobacco control treaty failed to make progress last week as anti-smoking groups accused Washington of siding with the tobacco industry in trying to water down the draft.

Switzerland: Activists Demand Tougher Tobacco Treaty
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
May 2nd, 2001
Flaws plague the draft of an international anti-smoking treaty being discussed this week in talks sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO), charge civil society groups, particularly because proposed bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship have been watered down.

USA: Big Tobacco Busted Again
by James Cruickshank and Fran AbramsThe Independent (U.K.)
March 25th, 2001
Two of the world's biggest tobacco manufacturers knowingly sold cigarettes worth billions of pounds to Latin American drug barons and to a smuggling ring based in Britain, according to documents seen by the Independent on Sunday.

USA: Bush Cabinet Ties to Tobacco Lobby
by Marc KaufmanWashington Post
January 21st, 2001
Thompson, Ashcroft and Norton are among a number of figures in the Bush administration who have been relatively helpful to the tobacco industry and who could take positions that would signal a marked change in the federal government's approach to cigarette makers.

World: WHO Denounces Interference by Tobacco Industry
by Gustavo CapdevilaInter Press Service
January 16th, 2001
The tobacco industry exerted pressure in Switzerland throughout recent decades to prevent the approval of stricter measures against smoking, says a study sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

USA: Ten Worst Corporations of 2000
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 3rd, 2001
Here is the annual Top 10 Worst Corporations of 2000 list compiled by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman. This year, rushing to the head of the pack of irresponsible biotech companies was the French corporation Aventis, the maker of Cry9C corn, sold under the name StarLink.

USA: Europeans Sue Big Tobacco
by Suzanne DaleyNew York Times
November 7th, 2000
The European Commission said today that it had filed a civil lawsuit in the United States against the Philip Morris Company and the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company seeking damages for what it called their involvement with organized crime in smuggling cigarettes into Europe.

Africa: WHO Enlists Politicians in Anti-Tobacco War
by Judith AchiengInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
The World Health Organisation (WHO), is targeting African policy-makers, to counter the intensified marketing campaigns by tobacco multinationals in the continent.

World: WHO Starts Talks On Tobacco Treaty
UN Wire
October 18th, 2000
Government representatives began discussions Monday in Geneva on a proposed anti-tobacco treaty for preventing smoking-related deaths, which are predicted to reach 10 million annually by 2030.

USA: Anti-Tobacco Activists Add Video to Arsenal Before Framework Talks
by Jim LobeInter Press Service
September 27th, 2000
Anti-tobacco activists have added a new weapon to their arsenal in advance of next month's negotiations in Geneva for a global Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

World: Cigarette Firms Tried to Foil WHO, Say Investigators
by Gordon FaircloughWall Street Journal
August 1st, 2000
World Health Organization investigators say Philip Morris Co. and other multinational cigarette makers worked for years to discredit the agency and thwart its efforts to curb smoking around the globe.

USA: A Civics Lesson for Big Tobacco
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
July 18th, 2000
The $145 billion punitive damage award against the tobacco industry in the Engle case in Florida should be celebrated as evidence of a civil justice system that works, proof of the value of juries and a major public health achievement.

USA: High Court Rules FDA Lacks Power Over Tobacco
by James ViciniReuters
March 21st, 2000
A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lacks the power to regulate tobacco products, handing President Clinton a stinging setback in the effort to curb youth smoking.

USA: Big Tobacco Off the Ropes?
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
February 23rd, 2000
Whether Big Tobacco succeeds will depend in significant part on whether tobacco control groups and their many new allies of various stripes refuse to succumb to Big Tobacco's combined intimidation and charm offensive.

India: A Doctor Takes on Big Tobacco
by Frederick NoronhaThird World Features
May 1st, 1999
India (and South East Asia) are a huge market for tobacco. Cigarette companies are also targetting youth between 15-25. Two countries where tobacco sales are expected to zoom up are India and Indonesia.

USA: Cigarette Companies Target Ethnic Groups to Expand Markets, Activists Complain
by Annie NakaoSan Francisco Examiner
May 18th, 1997
Asian community leaders -- mindful of ''World No Tobacco Day'' on May 31 -- say their battle to reduce high smoking rates among Asian Americans is making inroads but can't succeed as long as cigarette advertisers keep targeting their neighborhoods.