Monthly Archives: June 2010

Ban on Deceptive Cigarette Labels Takes Effect Today

Washington, D.C. - On June 22, the first anniversary of the law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco Marlboro new nameproducts, one of the most significant provisions of the law will take effect: A ban on the use of the deceptive terms “light,” “mild” and “low” tar in the marketing and sale of cigarettes.

Legislature approves cigarette tax increase

ALBANY — Cigarette taxes imposed in New York will become the nation’s highest under a measure approved Monday by the state cigarettes saleLegislature, and the state will end two decades of debate by requiring the collection of taxes on cigarette sales by Indian retailers.

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.

Drop in the Number of Heart Attacks in England

According to the latest research by U.K. scientists, the implementation of a ban on smoking in public places in England contributed to a 2,4% decrease in the number of heart attacks, reported by U.K hospitals.

Senators warn tobacco companies about cigarette advertising

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) urged four major tobacco companies not to engage in any effort to mislead customers to believe they are buying safer cigarettes. Last year, Congress passed landmark legislation that banned using descriptors in cigarette labeling—such as “light,” “mild,” or “low-tar”—which insinuate or imply that certain products are healthier or lower risk than regular cigarettes.

Smoking debate takes a back seat to elections

More than a year after the governments of Jessamine County began discussing a ban on smoking in public places, cigarettes are still lit in some restaurants and businesses — and the issue will likely not be discussed again until after November, when many of those who would impose such a ban are up for re-election.