Posts Tagged ‘law’

Tobacco no-ed! Judge blocks transfer of warehouse for arts center

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a plan to turn over the historic Tobacco Warehouse inside Brooklyn Bridge Park to private developers. In granting a preliminary injunction, Judge Eric Vitaliano ruled that the National Park Service violated federal law by removing the Civil War-era warehouse and its neighboring Empire Stores warehouse from federally protected parkland. The decision was announced in Brooklyn federal court late on Friday. ... read more >>

Trade group against cigarette tax

The Virginia Wholesalers and Distributors Association is the statewide business trade group representing food, beverage and tobacco wholesalers in Virginia. VWDA members are licensed tobacco tax agents for the commonwealth who collect and enforce all of Virginia’s tobacco tax laws, as well as the Master Settlement Agreement. ... read more >>

Star Scientific’s Tobacco Lozenges Get Favorable FDA Ruling

Star Scientific Inc. (CIGX) said U.S. regulators ruled that two of the company’s lozenge brands aren’t subject to regulation under the 2009 tobacco law. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision clears the way for Star Scientific, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, to start selling its Ariva-BDL and Stonewall-BDL tobacco lozenges, the company said today in a statement. The company’s shares jumped to their highest value in about 21 months. ... read more >>

Best Indian city in tobacco control to tighten laws

Chandigarh, March 23 (IANS) Chandigarh, which has been declared the best Indian city in terms of tobacco control by an international study, is preparing to further tighten laws around tobacco usage. At a meeting of the Chandigarh tobacco control cell, it was decided that enforcement of tobacco control legislation would be made stricter and the draft tobacco vendors licensing rules would be notified soon despite opposition from tobacco companies. ... read more >>

Minn. senators say tax mini-cigars like cigarettes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Republicans state senators on Thursday proposed that so-called “little cigars” should be taxed at the higher rate applied to cigarettes in Minnesota. Little cigars along with normal-sized cigars are defined as “tobacco products” under state law and taxed at a lower rate than cigarettes. Various state taxes on cigarettes add up to almost two dollars a pack, and the Department of Revenue estimated that taxing little cigars like cigarettes would raise about $6 million in the 2012-13 budget cycle. Normal-sized cigars would not be affected. ... read more >>

Law banning smoking in city parks includes golf courses

When they say you’re lighting it up on the golf course, that usually refers to great sub-par scoring. However, as of May 23, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will give it a whole new meaning with the bill he recently signed prohibiting smoking on or in city-owned beaches, parks and public squares. ... read more >>

Cigarette displays to be banned in English stores

LONDON — Britain’s Department of Health announced a ban on displaying cigarettes in stores around the country on Thursday, the nation’s annual “no smoking day.” The action relegates cigarettes to a product kept below the counter. The new law will be introduced gradually, according to a statement from the health agency. It says that in large stores and supermarkets, the visible display of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products will be illegal from April 2012, while in smaller stores it goes into force in 2015, “except for temporary displays in certain limited circumstances.” ... read more >>

Cigarette packets to filter out everything but health warnings under tough new rules

Britain will lead the way with tough new rules on tobacco companies by insisting cigarette packets contain absolutely nothing but a health warning. Under the plans to be announced this week, cigarette packets would be plain and unbranded with no colour, logos or graphics. The UK is expected to become the first in Europe to introduce the hardline measure once it is enshrined in law. ... read more >>

Law Enforcement Check Out Bars, Stores for Mardi Gras

Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents are taking proactive action as they gear up for Mardi Gras. In the days leading up to the festivities, agents are cracking down on restaurants, bars and convenience stores that sell alcohol and tobacco products. ... read more >>

Chinese Government Curbs Movie Smoking

You may have noticed the MPAA started including smoking on their reasons for a particular rating. The brouhaha surrounding that decision has died down a bit, largely because tobacco use is now twenty percent as offensive to the American public as drunk driving, but in a lot of other countries where smoking is much more prevalent, this is still a hot button issue. No country in the world purchases more cigarettes than China, and after a new study showed Chinese children are more likely to smoke after seeing movie stars do it, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television has decided to lay down the law. ... read more >>

NY’s attorney general sues online tobacco sites

Six website operators are violating a state law that bans the online sale of tobacco to customers in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Schneiderman said lawsuits were filed a day earlier in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeking $5,000 in fines for each violation, as well as an injunction barring the companies from future sales. The lawsuits cite 11 violations, but the attorney general said his goal wasn’t to collect fines, but to stop the shipments. ... read more >>