Daily Archives: June 16, 2010

Details of New Tobacco Retailing Rules Under FDA

WASHINGTON — With less than a week to go before new tobacco retailing and marketing restrictions issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go into effect, NACS hosted a Webinar presented by Jim Barnette, partner with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, outlining the new regulations for retailers and answering some of their most common questions.

Should menthol cigarettes be banned?

Menthol cigarettes now account for more than one-quarter of all cigarettes sold in the U.S. In fact, menthols — often described as “cooling,” “soothing,” and “smooth” — make up a growing share of the shrinking cigarette market. Between 2004 and 2008, the percentage of adult smokers who smoked them increased from 30 percent to 34 percent.

How today’s censors decided Churchill could do without his cigar

The face is instantly familiar, the two-fingered salute unmistakable.

Oil Hearings Nothing Compared to Tobacco Hearings on the Hill

Today’s congressional hearings, when the major oil company executives will face the public’s wrath about the BP oil spill, are being compared by some to the hearings on April 14, 1994 when the executives of the seven major cigarette makers testified before Congress about their policies. But the problem under scrutiny today is just a drop in the bucket compared to that caused by smoking, suggests Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), America’s first antismoking organization.