Daily Archives: April 1, 2009

Stored gasoline fueled last week’s fatal fire in Cranston

The fire that killed a 15-year-old boy in a Cranston apartment last week was driven by containers of gasoline stored in his bedroom.

Philip Morris’s Support Casts Shadow Over a Bill to Limit Tobacco

Philip Morris International Inc.

On Wednesday, the House is expected to pass a bill that would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the tobacco industry for the first time, including the power to block or approve new products.

Tobacco punitive verdict stands

The Supreme Court chose on Tuesday, after examining the issue for the third time, not to disturb a punitive damages verdict now totaling more than $150 million, won by the widow of a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer.  The Court dismissed a new appeal by Philip Morris USA, saying it had “improvidently granted” review last June.  The case, heard on Dec. 3, was Philip Morris USA v. Williams.

Priest urges smokers to sue cigarette firms

Saying his brother Vincent has finally given a face to smoking’s ill effects, Fr. Robert Reyes and anti-smoking advocates Monday urged other victims to file cases against tobacco companies.

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Punitive Damages Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court today dismissed the company’s appeal of a 1999 punitive damages award of $79.5 million to the family of a individual smoker in a case known as Williams.

Smoking Cessation Report

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. The effects of smoking represent a global pandemic of enormous proportions. Currently-marketed smoking cessation aids typically lack high levels of efficacy in practice and are associated with marked side-effects. There are clear market opportunities for novel, more-efficacious and safer smoking cessation agents, in both prescription and OTC forms.

Commissioners oppose governor on cigarette tax

Forsyth County commissioners voted 6-1 last night against Gov. Bev Perdue’s plan to raise the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack, turning aside a move by two commissioners to delay the vote.

Where’s the will to fight cigarette smugglers?

In the early 1990s, some major tobacco companies got rich in the illicit tobacco trade. Now it’s organized criminal gangs that are cashing in, while the big companies beg for a government crack-down to protect their market. It would be funny if it weren’t so appalling.

Fight against contraband smokes undermined

The Canada Revenue Agency is undermining the fight against contraband cigarettes, which saps Canadian treasuries of more than $1.6 billion a year, by handing out licences to manufacturers located on the Akwesasne and Kahnawake native reserves, an anti-tobacco organization said Monday.