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Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

Supreme Court denies cert in cig labeling case, FDA plans new rules

| May 10, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a writ of certiorari filed by the tobacco companies challenging the advertising regulations promulgated pursuant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Act. While the Court’s cert denial allows a previous 6th Circuit decision to stand, the contested rules may never be enforced. The Solicitor General declined to file a writ […]

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WHO snags Kosovo in its tobacco-control net

WHO snags Kosovo in its tobacco-control net

| May 9, 2013

The World Health organization announced it had snared Kosovo in its ever-growing tobacco-control net. The country has adopted a comprehensive tobacco control law in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The measures include: 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces, and public transportation, as well as specified outdoor areas, with some […]

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Dalligate update: Kimberley denies asking for €60 million

Dalligate update: Kimberley denies asking for €60 million

| May 9, 2013

Defence lawyers of Sliema restaurateur Silvio Zammit yesterday pressed the police’s witness Gayle Kimberley on whether she was the one who came up with the €60 million figure at the heart of the Dalligate scandal. Kimberley denied it categorically, but lawyer Edward Gatt insisted on the point, reminding the young lawyer that she was testifying […]

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Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

Obama $0.94 smoke tax a ghost

| May 8, 2013

It’s never going to happen, apparently it wasn’t ever going to. The cigarette sin tax to generate $78 billion to fund a preschool education program vanished almost as soon as Obama announced it four weeks ago, according to the Washington, D.C.-centered  blog Politica.com The president hasn’t mentioned it. The White House didn’t coordinate with outside anti-smoking groups, […]

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Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

Cuba joins fight over Aussie plain packaging rules

| May 6, 2013

Cuba has become the latest country to launch a legal attack on Australia’s landmark plain packaging rules for tobacco at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The laws came into effect last December and mean cigarettes can only be sold in brown packages with graphic health warnings. The WTO says Cuba has requested consultations with Australia […]

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A nickel a butt adds up

A nickel a butt adds up

| May 3, 2013

Redemption programs have dramatically reduced the amount of bottles and cans that go into the waste stream. Now a restaurant owner in Portland, Maine, U.S.A. wants to do the same with cigarette butts, according to a story reported on WLBZ. Mike Roylos says he’s tired of dealing with butts outside the Spartan Grill. “They’re everywhere. I […]

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