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[Florida] R.J. Reynolds Haunted by Deadly Legacy of Kent Asbestos Filters

R.J. Reynolds and a filter maker must pay $3.5 million to the estate of a Florida man, the state’s top court held this week. It’s a ruling that draws renewed attention to another, lesser known, deadly aspect of some cigarettes of the 1950s.
Bloomberg BNA (Bureau of National Affairs)
added Oct 21, 2018 19:47
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[Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Utah] Medicaid-Expansion Fights Pit Hospitals, Labor Against Conservative Groups, Tobacco Companies

Voters in four states will decide Nov. 6 whether to expand Medicaid ...Top spenders in the campaigns are groups linked to the tobacco industry and the Koch brothers, which are aligned against the initiatives, and hospitals and union-back advocacy groups,
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
added Oct 21, 2018 19:47
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[Indiana] Parents fear mural of rabbits having sex while smoking could harm kids

The art piece has raised eyebrows since it was painted onto the side of Beholder restaurant in Indiannapolis by California artist Jules Muck earlier this month. Emelia Green was among those disgusted by what it depicts, writing: ‘Not appropriate for the o
Metro Café (uk)
added Oct 21, 2018 19:34
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[Maryland] Ocean City men indicted in 2nd New York cigarette trafficking ring

shows brothers Basel and Samir Ramadan of Ocean City and Fahd Muthana of Brooklyn face multiple tax- and money laundering-related charges. “As we allege, the defendants ran a criminal trafficking ring that funneled over 1.25 million untaxed cigarettes in
DelmarvaNow.com
added Oct 21, 2018 19:32
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[Maryland, New York] Ramadans Indicted For Untaxed Cigarette Operation; Guns, $312K Seized During Raid

Two weeks after their West Ocean City home was raided by federal law enforcement officials and their local partners, two Ocean City men were indicted Thursday in New York for their alleged roles in trafficking significant quantities of untaxed cigarettes
Maryland Coast Dispatch
added Oct 21, 2018 19:31
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Banks, Money Mules and Front Companies Aid Terrorists in Conflict Zones Launder Money

The merged al-Qaeda groups Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in Syria and Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin in the Sahel make an estimated $18–$35 million and $5–$35 million respectively from illegal taxation, donations, kidnapping for ransom, extortion, smuggling o
Bitcoin.com
added Oct 21, 2018 19:27
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[Maryland] In Baltimore County, a man sprayed deodorant and lit a cigarette in his car. And then it blew up

It created a boom that blew the car’s doors open, pushed the roof up and shattered the front window. The driver appeared unharmed, said Peach, but was taken to the hospital to check for hearing damage.
Baltimore (MD) Sun
added Oct 21, 2018 19:23
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[Connecticut] State investigating cigarette sales on Mashantucket reservation

“The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services can confirm that activities were conducted by DRS personnel in the area yesterday as part of an active and ongoing criminal investigation,” Jim Polites, the department’s communications director, wrote in an
The Day (New London, CT)
added Oct 21, 2018 19:20
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[Czech Republic, Europe] MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

France and other countries that need help tackling the rising illicit tobacco trade should ask for assistance from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), according to Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský. Zdechovský, a European People’s Party (EPP) MEP in the Bud
EurActiv
added Oct 21, 2018 19:18
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[UK] Tobacco commissioning support 2019 to 2020: principles and indicators

The new plan sets out the ambition for a further reduction in smoking rates, down to 12% by the end of 2022, as the first step toward a generation of non-smokers, which will be achieved when smoking prevalence is at 5% or below. The plan prioritises red
GOV.UK
added Oct 21, 2018 19:17
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