Posts Tagged ‘Big Tobacco’

JTI turns to Freshfields in latest tobacco challenge to plain cigarette packaging

The latest firm to win work challenging the UK government’s decision to introduce plain cigarette packaging, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Tom Snelling has launched High Court litigation on behalf of Japan Tobacco International, the maker of Camel, Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut. ... read more >>

Big tobacco wields FOI docs against Labor

Big tobacco says documents obtained under freedom of information laws prove the federal government is on shaky ground when it comes to mandating plain packaging for cigarettes. British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) has taken its fight to get access to one particular document to the Federal Court. But it said documents already obtained under FOI laws showed plain packaging would impinge on tobacco companies’ trademark rights. ... read more >>

Trademark rights to extinguish plain packaging bill?

The content of the government’s release on the draft plain packaging Bill offers few surprises. The government thinks stripping tobacco products of any branding will cut smoking rates as part of a basket of anti-tobacco measures, they’ve picked the colour (an allegedly offensive olive green), and the already garish health warnings are going to extend from just the lip to most of the front packet. ... 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 >>

‘Cheeky buggers’: Big Tobacco aims to get smokers angry about taxes, bans

BIG Tobacco is trying to turn smokers into a political force with an under-the-radar campaign encouraging protests against high taxes and bans on smoking in public. The I Deserve to Be Heard campaign involves slipping small cards into cigarette packets directing smokers to a website headlined: “It’s time to tell the government you’ve had enough”. ... read more >>

Legislators ponder using tobacco money to help sterilization victims

RALEIGH — The manufacture of Camels and Lucky Strikes kept tax dollars flowing in North Carolina during Big Tobacco’s heyday. Now legislators are asking if they should take long-protected cigarette company settlement money to settle a humbling chapter in the state’s past — its sterilization of thousands of people against their will. ... read more >>

Gov’t and big tobacco in dispute over proposed ads

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department wants the largest cigarette manufacturers to admit that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, forcing the industry to set up and pay for an advertising campaign of self-criticism for past behavior. As part of a 12-year-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry, the government on Wednesday released 14 “corrective” statements that it says the companies should be required to make. One says smoking kills 1,200 Americans every day. ... read more >>

Big tobacco ready to fight plain packaging laws

TANYA NOLAN: The world is watching closely as Australia goes into battle with big tobacco over Labor’s plan to force cigarettes into plain packing. If the Federal Government manages to get its legislation through later this year it’s expected that the EU and other countries will follow. But the tobacco giants and the retailers who sell their product are bracing for a long and expensive fight over the move. And the tactics they’re employing reveal the political tensions that are generated over tobacco policy, as Hagar Cohen reveals. ... read more >>

N.L. latest province to sue tobacco industry

Newfoundland and Labrador is moving ahead with a plan to sue the tobacco industry to recover health costs it says are related to tobacco use. “In an effort to recover the costs of tobacco-related illnesses and highlight the misrepresentation of tobacco companies, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is moving forward with the proclamation of the Tobacco Health Care Costs Recovery Act,” according to a provincial government news release Tuesday. ... read more >>

Big Tobacco never gives up

Big Tobacco never gives up. Those of us around the country who have managed tobacco control programs fought tobacco companies from day one over the issue that now faces the North Dakota Legislature. The old ploy they are pulling in North Dakota is almost laughable if the intent weren’t so serious. The ploy? It’s called divide and conquer. Pit one health care program against another for funding. All they have to do is find some legislators who are willing to play ball as they have done here. ... read more >>

Hospitals, tobacco spar over smoking costs as big trial opens

Snow storm or not, the largest trial in recent memory in St. Louis Circuit Court got underway Monday. Judge Michael David said the matter would continue Monday afternoon, with opening statements from attorneys. His plan is to keep the trial moving, weather permitting. The Missouri hospitals which brought the suit have waited a long time for their day in court. The action was filed 12 years ago against the country’s largest tobacco companies. The hospitals were seeking what at one time was estimated to be as much as $1 billion in damages to recoup money they spent to care for poor patients who faced smoking-related illnesses that either were not covered by Medicaid or whose care cost more than Medicaid repaid. ... read more >>