|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 Bowers, The 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.
|AUSTRALIA: Judge Reopens Investigation of BAT|
by Elizabeth Sexton, The 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 Leonard, Salon.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: For Tobacco, Stealth Marketing Is the Norm|
by Julie Bosman, New 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: Exposed: the secret corporate funding behind health research |
by George Monbiot, The 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.
|LATIN AMERICA: Big Tobacco Fights Back|
by Diego Cevallos, Inter 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).