Daily Archives: June 21, 2010

Big Tobacco’s nightmare

He is one of the most famous whistleblowers in the world, but his face is relatively unknown.

Action against Philip Morris USA to prevent Promoting Lights Cigarettes

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took strong, quick action against Philip Morris USA to prevent the tobacco company from evading the new ban on promoting cigarettes as “light,” “mild” or “low-tar” that takes effect on June 22. The ban on these deceptive terms is a key provision of the new federal law giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. It seeks to end a decades-long tobacco industry fraud that has falsely promoted some cigarette brands as less harmful and sought to discourage smokers from quitting.

New York Reaches Deal to Raise Cigarette Tax

Cigarette taxes in New York would jump by $1.60 a pack under a tentative deal reached between Gov. David A. Paterson and cigarettes smokinglegislative leaders, which would give New York the nation’s highest state cigarette taxes.

Navy Bans Tobacco Use on Its Submarine Fleet

WASHINGTON — The smoking lamp is going out all across the Navy’s submarine fleet, where the mission to “run silent, run deep” now will be carried out by sailors ordered to run undersea operations without cigarettes, cigars or pipes.