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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 ...

Philip Morris Ordered To Pay $300 Million To Former Smoker

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

MIAMI - CHRISTINE ARMARIO (AP)-- A South Florida jury on Thursday ordered Philip Morris USA to pay $300 million to a former smoker, agreeing that the ...

Arthur Delaney

Booze, Pot And Peanuts In LobbyBlog's Third-Quarter Lobbying Roundup!

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Third-quarter lobbying spending totals are in, and that means it's time to see how much the most special of special interests spent peddling influence...

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 ...

Big Tobacco Makes Secret Plea To Avoid Payout

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Tobacco industry lawyers met secretly with Solicitor General Elena Kagan in an effort to avoid the government's last-ditch attempt ...

Speak Out Against Ill-Advised Coke-Doctors Partnership

Connie Bennett | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Connie Bennett

For a doctors' group to take a six-figure sum from Coke is like accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Big Tobacco to create a physician-approved website claiming cigarettes are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Tobacco Giant Crafts D.C. Council Legislation

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Washington Examiner reports Wednesday that lobbyists from the Altria Group, owner of tobacco company Philip Morris, are the principal authors of n...

David Chang: the Porcine Prince Respects the Circle of Life and Worries about the Future of Food

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Louise McCready Hart

David Chang: I'm not an economist, so I'm not the one to say anything about this, but it's going to be very difficult to feed everybody when America doesn't produce food anymore

ReThinking Thank You for Smoking: Tobacco's Last Action Hero?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Obama administration just passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. So Will the Nick Naylors of the world soon become extinct? Not by a long shot.

Big Tobacco Sets Its Sights On Africa

TIME | JEFFREY KLUGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It's easy enough to buy a smoke at Isa Yakubu's grocery store on a busy street in Lagos, Nigeria. Never mind if you don't have much money. Most local ...

Pentagon Won't Ban Tobacco Products In War Zones

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Smoke 'em if you got 'em. The Pentagon reassured troops Wednesday that it won't ban tobacco products in war zones. Defense official...

150 Years

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

The 150-year sentence is headline grabbing, but what should surprise us is not that Madoff got such a long sentence, but that other corporate criminals escape with no criminal prosecution at all.

Obama's Smokescreen

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

The president should make his struggle with smoking public. Very public.

Stop Big Food From Using the Playbook of Big Tobacco

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

While millions still die of smoking related illness every year, it's not too late to lift the veil from Big Food, and in doing so, save lives and public health for years to come.

The Real Danger of Tobacco Legislation

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

"Mr. Pringle, you claim your product's not addictive, but didn't you sign this memo: 'Once you pop, you can't stop'?"

FDA Regulation Provides Another Smokescreen for Marlboro Man

Howard Wolinsky and Alan Blum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Wolinsky and Alan Blum

The new FDA legislation would serve as a Marlboro Preservation Act. The tobacco industry will be footing the bill for the alleged regulation of its own products. The foxes will be guarding the henhouse.

Taking A Lost Case to the Supreme Court-- Three Times?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

It is outrageously wrong that Altria/R.J. Reynolds tobacco could, because of its immense wealth and deep pockets, delay and abuse the Supreme Court system.

Big Tobacco Companies Accused Of Illicit Tactics To Expand Asia Sales

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand — Two of the world's largest tobacco companies, seeking to expand sales into Asia, worked to undermine anti-smoking policies i...

Will Waxman the Big Tobacco Fighter Take on Big Oil?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Waxman is now in a position to haul the energy executives onto to the floor and expose this campaign just like he did with Big Tobacco.

Blacks In Congress Split Over Menthol Cigarettes

New York Times | Stephanie Saul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Free cigarettes are no longer handed out at Congressional Black Caucus functions. And it has been years since anyone referred to Edolphus Towns, Democ...