|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.
|US: Bush Tries to Weaken Tobacco Treaty|
by David Lazarus, San 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. Salant, Associated 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. Halbfinger, New 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 Burton, InterPress 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 Eaglesham, Financial 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. Freedman, The 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 Peacock, Reuters
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 Nullis, Associated 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 Lobe, OneWorld 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 Boseley, The 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.