Archive for the ‘Settlements’ Category

Smoking, drinking and playing political games

IN the 1987 movie, The Secret of My Success, there is a scene where Michael J Fox is being led into a playful seduction trap by his boss’s wife. ... read more >>

Nebraska lawmakers advance cigarette legislation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would create a way for Nebraska to collect tobacco tax revenue from American Indian tribes advanced Wednesday through a first-round legislative vote. The measure would call for state officials to reach compacts with tribes so they could collect money to comply with a national legal settlement with the four largest U.S. tobacco companies. ... read more >>

Nebraska lawmakers to debate tobacco bill

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would help Nebraska collect its share of money from a legal settlement with four major U.S. tobacco companies is set for legislative debate. The bill by Grand Island Sen. Mike Gloor is designed to help the state secure its part of the health care money from the 1998 settlement. Lawmakers could vote on the proposal as early as Wednesday. ... read more >>

State’s use of tobacco settlement money lights fire under crowd

Uninsured Pennsylvanians and health care advocates yesterday criticized state leaders’ plan to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars of state tobacco settlement money to the general fund after ending a low-income insurance program. “This money is not for the state to steal. They can steal our tax money,” John Kitchen, 47, an uninsured resident of Eighty Four, said during a half-day hearing Downtown. Auditor General Jack Wagner, D-Beechview, hosted the hearing in Pittsburgh City Council chambers. ... read more >>

Annual tobacco payment $75.9 million

The money came from the tobacco industry, with 75 percent going directly into the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund, he said. The remainder is made available for appropriation by the Legislature. The trust fund now has a balance of more than $647 million, said Miller, who serves as chairman of the trust fund’s board of investors. The fund was created by a voter-approved amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution in 2000. ... read more >>

Pennsylvania judge lets Corbett keep using tobacco money

A Commonwealth Court judge on Thursday denied a petition to freeze millions in tobacco-settlement money that had been paying for a health-insurance program but that Gov. Corbett is now directing to the state’s general fund. Pennsylvania is expected to get an estimated $370 million in tobacco-settlement funds, and a portion of it was to help pay for adultBasic, which provided health insurance for people who do not qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford private insurance. ... read more >>

Tobacco levy to address public smoking, advertising

A tobacco levy expected to address public smoking and advertising is in the offing says the Minister of Health Reverend Dr John Seakgosing in his budget proposal speech. He said his ministry has been working on ‘the repeal of the Control of Smoking Act of 1992 and the 2004 amendment.’ Seakgosing said that his ministry has proposed a tobacco control act that will address current problems such as easy accessibility, public smoking, advertising as well as other requirements of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that Botswana ratified in 2005. ... read more >>

Big tobacco puts pressure on lawmakers for Dosal tax

Employees from tobacco companies around Florida, including RJ Reynolds and Altria, want Miami-based Dosal Tobacco to start showing the state some money. About 200 people from the group Citizens for Fairness in Florida, a group representing large tobacco corporations, rallied in Tallahassee Tuesday in support of legislation that makes Dosal Tobacco Corporation pay a fee assessed on cigarettes that other companies pay as part of a 1997 settlement between the state and big tobacco that netted the state $11.3 billion to help pay for health care costs. ... read more >>

Secret settlement ends landmark tobacco compensation battle

THE David and Goliath case in which the family of lung cancer victim Rolah McCabe took on a global tobacco giant has been quietly wrapped up in the Victorian Supreme Court after almost 11 years. British American Tobacco (BAT), the second biggest cigarette company in the world, has agreed to end its pursuit for compensation from the McCabe estate. ... read more >>

National Consultation on Smokeless Tobacco, 4-5 April

A two-day National Consultation on Smokeless Tobacco is being organized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in collaboration with Pubic Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and World Health Organization (WHO) on April 4-5, 2011 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The primary objective is to highlight current pattern and the burden smokeless tobacco use globally, regionally and particularly in India, with a view to learn from global best practices and find local solutions for regulation. ... read more >>

Tough sell on tapping tobacco settlement

— Gov. Tom Corbett’s pick to run the state Department of Community and Economic Development found himself facing tough questions Thursday over the administration’s decision to dip into the state’s share of the nationwide tobacco settlement for economic development programs. ... read more >>