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"Can Tobacco Cure Smoking?" And Other Highlights Of ALEC's Meeting in Salt Lake

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Recently, as General Motors and Walgreens announced they were quitting the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC members were meeting at a "five diamond" hotel in Salt Lake City to discuss how tobacco can cure smoking.

Aaron Sankin

California Ballot Fight Pits Lance Armstrong Against Big Tobacco | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.24.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cycling icon Lance Armstrong has, at various points in his life, played the parts of both David and Goliath. In his most recent fight...

Flame Retardant Industry: Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Promote the Asbestos of Our Time

Michael Green | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Michael Green

The Chicago Tribune found that the three leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deception and phony "citizen's groups" to mislead the public, legislators and regulators about the efficacy and safety of their products.

John Celock

Big Guns Behind Kansas Smokeless Tobacco Plan | John Celock | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would require state health officials to conduct a study about the health effects of smokeless tobac...

Roll-Your-Own Cigarette Stores Pay Price For Encroaching On Big Tobacco's Turf

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 04.02.2012 | Small Business

A new kind of cigarette store has encroached on Big Tobacco's turf. The stores sell smokes at dramatically reduced prices by offering loose tobacco...

Brazil Declares War On Teen Smoking

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Efforts to prohibit teen smoking throughout the region escalates the conflict between governments who seek to legislate behavior and businesses and some politicians who view tobacco as a question of economics.

Native Americans and the Economic Termination Era

David Kimelberg | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
David Kimelberg

History does repeat itself, but sometimes in a veiled, and often sinister, way. When market share replaces land resources, overt termination takes on more covert forms.

Cigarette Maker Launches Tobacco Rights Website

AP | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. -- Cigarette maker Altria Group is giving consumers a new place to find out about tobacco-related public policy issues. The owner of th...

Tobacco Giant Ordered To Pay Millions In Lawsuit

AP | By TIM FOUGHT | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Tobacco company Philip Morris USA Inc. must pay Oregon 60 percent of a $79.5 million award in a long-running lawsuit filed by the fa...

We Can't Afford to Wait to Regulate Tobacco

Dan Smith | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Dan Smith

More than 40 years following the first surgeon general's report linked smoking to cancer, a simple list of ingredients is still not required for tobacco products.

Amid Budget Woes, State Funding For Tobacco Prevention At Lowest Level Since 1999

AP | By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. -- States have cut funding for tobacco prevention programs 12 percent this year, to the lowest level since 1999, according to a new repo...

Australia Ready To Fight Big Tobacco In Court For World's Toughest Cigarette Promotion Laws

AP | By ROD McGUIRK | Posted 01.09.2012 | World

CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian government said Thursday it is ready to fight big tobacco companies in court to enact the world's toughest laws ...

Spending Big On Lobbying May Help Net Bigger Profits

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.17.2011 | Business

You need to spend money to make money, as the saying goes. It's an idea lobbyists might find particularly resonant: Companies that spend money on appe...

Judge Rules Against Big Tobacco In Lawsuit

AP | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge has rejected the tobacco industry's latest effort to end a case in which the companies were found to have concealed the ...

Cigarettes and Sinners

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Some of the Justice Department proposals as to what the cigarette companies must say in their ads are in the nature of a confession that might be heard by a priest in a confessional.

Massive Tobacco Lawsuit Revived In Illinois

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Il...

Who Will Fix Food? Obama? Walmart? You?

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Hatfield

Those of us who still have jobs pay taxes, so we should care about how our tax dollars influence our food systems. Because the State of the Food Union is not strong. But it could be.

The Billion-Dollar Smoking Problem In China

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

BEIJING — China's addiction to huge revenues from its state-owned tobacco monopoly is hindering anti-smoking measures, potentially costing milli...

Cell Phone Industry Lobby Threatens City of San Francisco

Elaine Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elaine Shannon

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted 10-to-1 to require that cell phone retailers post the radiation output of various cell phones.

Supreme Court Denies Cigarette Companies And Obama Administration In Tobacco Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals by the Obama administration and the nation's largest tobacco companies to get involved in a ...

Fans Get Kelly Clarkson to Do the Right Thing

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew L. Myers

All members of the music and entertainment industry, including performers and promoters, should follow Clarkson's lead in rejecting all tobacco sponsorships and promotions.

Closing BP's Escape Routes

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Weissman

BP generates enough cash to absorb its liabilities from the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. But that doesn't mean it will.

The Good and the Bad of the Tobacco Suit

Elliot Wineburg MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Elliot Wineburg MD

While the city's efforts have been valiant and any initiatives to get individuals to quit smoking should be applauded not challenged, they don't often work and can be dangerous.

Are Tech Device Companies Destined for the Same Class Action Hell as Big Tobacco?

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Damien Hoffman

Last night I was watching Apple's (AAPL) slick promo video for the iPad. That thing is so sexy, I reached for my wallet. Then, while watching a scene ...

Tobacco Companies Using Loophole To Avoid Hundreds Of Millions In Taxes

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama signed a law expanding children's health insurance this spring, he slapped tobacco companies with huge ...