|UK: Tobacco giants face smuggling fines|
by Tom McGhie and Dan Atkinson, Financial 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.
|US: Court reverses Philip Morris verdict|
by Brad Dorfman, Reuters
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 Leigh, The 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.
|US: Jury Rules for Philip Morris|
by Myron Levin, LA 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 Roxe, Associated 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: Tobacco Firms Can Be Sued Under RICO|
March 18th, 2004
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler said the department was "not engaging in policymaking" but was trying to enforce the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, known as RICO.
|China: Tobacco Grips the Smokers' Republic|
by Jonathan Watts, Guardian (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.