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[Florida] Two Jacksonville lawyers ordered to forfeit $9.2 million over frivolous tobacco claims

The scathing, 148-page order issued Wednesday and signed by four district judges said Wilner and Farah filed claims in 2008 on behalf of hundreds of people who had not authorized them to do so and people who had never smoked. More than 500 of the people
Florida Times-Union
added Oct 21, 2017 23:28
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Florida Firms Slammed With $9.2M Sanctions in Tobacco Litigatio

Jacksonville firms Farah & Farah and the Wilner Firm were scolded Wednesday by four judges for filing more than 1,000 frivolous Engle-progeny smoker litigation cases, some on behalf of people who never smoked. The judges also directed the Florida Bar to
Law.com
added Oct 21, 2017 23:27
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BOOK REVIEW Simon Schama: By the Book

what books, if any, you tend to return to? Italo Svevo, “Zeno’s Conscience”: Amidst the rich literature of The Higher Schlemiel there is no greater book, not least in the narrator’s Homeric struggle to find a reason powerful enough to give up smoking...
New York Times
added Oct 21, 2017 23:25
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Men's Risk for HPV-Related Oral Cancer Soars

We used to associate oropharyngeal cancer with smoking, but the epidemiology demonstrates that in the modern era oropharyngeal cancer is really driven by HPV.
MedPage Today
added Oct 21, 2017 23:21
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[Asia, Singapore] 'Strong public support' for proposed amendments to Tobacco Act: Amrin

The authorities have received “strong public support” for proposed amendments to the Tobacco (Control Advertisements and Sale) Act, said Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Health Amrin Amin on the sidelines of a community roadshow on Saturday (Oc
Channel NewsAsia (sg)
added Oct 21, 2017 23:19
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[Russia] Australian boxing icon Kostya Tszyu enjoys a quiet new life in Moscow

puffs on a water-pipe under a no-smoking sign, admitting shisha tobacco is his one vice. “I didn’t smoke all my life, I barely drank, and now, allow me one vice, I can have a little vice,’’ he said.
Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph (au)
added Oct 21, 2017 23:17
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[New York] De Blasio, Gentile sign hookah regulation bill

While the bill grandfathers in hookah lounges where 50 percent or more of their revenue comes from the sale of non-tobacco smoking products, those businesses will now have to meet basic health and safety requirements, including installing ventilation sys
Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle.
added Oct 21, 2017 23:16
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[UK, Uruguay] And now, a headline you NEVER thought you'd read: Despot Robert Mugabe is appointed a 'GOODWILL ambassador' by the World Health Organisation - after life expectancy in Zimbabwe plummets under him

The appointment additionally drew condemnation from 24 international health organisations including Cancer Research UK, the World Heart Federation and Action Against Smoking. They said they were ‘shocked and deeply concerned’ by the decision, citing Muga
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Oct 21, 2017 23:13
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E-Cigarette Use Causes a Unique Innate Immune Response in the Lung, Involving Increased Neutrophilic Activation and Altered Mucin Secretion (PDF)

This study describes a unique e-cigarette-induced innate lung response that includes markers of aberrant neutrophilic response and altered mucin secretion and indicate that the effects of e-cigarettes are overlapping with yet distinct from those observed
American Thoracic Society (ATS)
added Oct 21, 2017 23:01
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[Uruguay, Zimbabwe] Critics urge WHO to reverse choice of Mugabe as goodwill envoy

Britain said Mugabe’s appointment was “surprising and disappointing” and added that it risked overshadowing the WHO’s global work. The United States, which has imposed sanctions on Mugabe for alleged human rights violations, said it was “disappointed.”
Reuters
added Oct 21, 2017 22:58
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