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Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Cigarette Warnings

December 14, 2017

Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Cigarette Warnings

You haven’t seen cigarette ads since the sixties when Big Tobacco sponsored shows like “The Flintstones,” and “I Love Lucy.” All of that stopped in 1970 when Congress banned cigarette ads from media, but you will begin to see Big Tobacco ads again. Under a court order, makers will be forced to advertise the dangers…

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May 12, 2016

FDA Bans E-cigarette Sales to Minors

E-cigarettes (E-cigs) have become all the rage in recent years, particularly among millennials. “Vaping,” as it’s called, referring to the fact that its tobacco vapor that is inhaled as opposed to nicotine smoke, has been heralded as a healthier way to feed the habit instead of smoking or chewing tobacco. But, recent studies have indicated…

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January 15, 2016

Popcorn Lung Caused by Flavored E-cigs

In the past couple of years vaping, or smoking electronic cigarettes, has become very popular. Companies behind e-cigs have managed to make them sound like a “healthy” alternative to smoking regular cigarettes. Of course, this is silly. Smoking is smoking. There isn’t a “healthy” way to do something that’s bad for you. At the end…

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March 18, 2013

Florida Supreme Court Affirms $2.5 Million Verdict in Smoker’s Death

In a ruling that experts are saying re-affirms Florida’s landmark “Engle” decision, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a $2.5 million tobacco litigation verdict from a Tampa jury that was given to the survivors of a smoker who died in 2008. In a six to one decision, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal made by the…

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January 4, 2013

Tallahassee Appellate Court Upholds $15 Million Award for Smoker’s Survivors

The 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee has upheld a $15 million wrongful death award to the family of an Edgewater woman whose cigarette smoking led to her lung cancer death in 1994. The Lorillard Tobacco Company had appealed a Duval County jury’s verdict that had found the tobacco company was 65 percent responsible…

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December 4, 2012

Judge Orders Big Tobacco to Admit Deception

A federal judge has ruled that tobacco companies must admit in product warnings that they deceived the public about smoking dangers and manipulated tobacco products to make them more addictive. The U.S. District Judge in Washington had ruled in 2006 that tobacco companies violated federal racketeering laws by scheming to deceive the public for decades…

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September 11, 2012

Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Smoker’s Death

The Florida Supreme Court is currently hearing an appeal from several tobacco companies that a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict awarded to a smoker’s surviving spouse should be thrown out. The high profile attorney representing the companies is calling into question the Engle ruling, claiming that it violates his clients’ due process rights. In the…

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July 12, 2012

Study Shows On-Screen Smoking May Lead Kids to Smoke

“The movie industry [should] treat smoking like it treats profanity and sex and violence,” the lead author of the study, James D. Sargent M.D., suggested. The organization that assigns movie ratings, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), stated in a news release that the movie industry is constantly trying to seek a balance between…

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June 14, 2012

Eddie Farah Addresses the Movement to Ban Flavored Tobacco in Florida

“When one door closes, another one opens,” is a maxim that Big Tobacco seems to hold near and dear to its alleged heart. Take flavored tobacco. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the industry from selling flavored cigarettes (except for menthol, but that’s another story) on September 22, 2009, the industry simply…

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