Daily Archives: August 19, 2010

FDA Mulling Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

With their enticing cool and minty flavor, menthol cigarettes have emerged as one of the most controversial products made by the tobacco industry.

COMMONWEALTH v. PHILIP MORRIS, INC.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania By Michael Fisher, in his official capacity as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
v.
Philip Morris, Inc; R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation; B.A.T. Industries, P.L.C.; The American Tobacco Company, Inc. c/c Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation; Lorillard Tobacco Company; Liggett Group, Inc.; United States Tobacco Company; the Tobacco Institute, Inc.; The Council for Tobacco Research-U.S.A., Inc.; Smokeless Tobacco Council Inc.; and Hill and Knowlton, Inc.,
Appeal of: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Steps to Block New York to Collect Taxes on Native American Tobacco Sales

The Seneca Nation of Indians today called on New York Governor David Paterson and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to delay the State’s planned September 1 start of collection of tax on Native American-sold tobacco products, in order to allow legal actions to reach their conclusion. In a letter to Paterson and Cuomo, Nation President Barry E. Snyder, Sr. set a Thursday deadline for the State to notify the Nation of its willingness to have the issue of the validity of the State’s plan resolved in an orderly fashion, threatening additional legal action if the State is not willing to work with the Nation.