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Guest column: Big Tobacco should butt out of trying to make laws in Florida

Big Tobacco is clearly behind House Bill 169 in the Florida House of Representatives. It would prevent local communities from deciding for themselves how to prevent youth from being exposed to tobacco products. If House Bill 169 is passed, all control
Florida Times-Union
added Apr 14, 2014 20:06

[Florida] Health Groups Oppose Bill Banning E-Cigarettes to Minors, Calling It a Stealth Favor to Big Tobacco

"The bill is another attempt by big tobacco to weaken protections that we all seek to keep electronic devices out of the hands of our children," Brenda Olsen, chief operating officer of the American Lung Association in Florida, said during a news confere
added Apr 8, 2014 23:01
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[Florida] Fabiola Santiago: E-cigarettes bring threat of new addiction for kids

an amendment has been added to the bill working its way through the Florida Legislature that’s nothing short of a betrayal of the local governments that acted quickly to protect the youth in their turf. “We’re not trying to ban them, just trying to keep
Miami (FL) Herald
added Apr 8, 2014 23:00
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[Florida] Health Groups Seek To Snuff Out E-Cigarette Bill

The American Lung Association of Florida, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, local officials and Students Working Against Tobacco have found themselves fighting the measure (HB 169) that would prevent youths under 18 from buying e
CBS Local CBS4/TV33
added Apr 8, 2014 22:20

[Florida] Cigarette Makers Launch New Bid to End Engle Woes ($$)

Tobacco companies facing thousands of smoker lawsuits in Florida filed their ninth batch of U.S. Supreme Court petitions last week, claiming that the Florida courts are trampling on their constitutional rights in the so-called Engle progeny litigation.
Litigation Daily
added Apr 7, 2014 14:37

[Florida] Tobacco Cos. Fight Engle Suits At US Supreme Court ($$)

members of the landmark class action were allowed to use findings from that case in their individual suits... filed 10 separate petitions for writs of certiorari in the cases that stemmed from the Florida Supreme Court's 2006 decision in Engle v. Liggett
added Apr 3, 2014 13:26

[Florida] Summit aims at snuffing out teen interest in e-cigs

electronic cigarettes aren’t harmless, experts told an audience Tuesday of about 60 people — mostly health care professionals in rural North Central Florida — at a tobacco summit in Lake City. The sixth-annual gathering, which was organized by the Suwann
Gainesville (FL) Sun
added Apr 2, 2014 11:47

Bill to Let Florida Cities Ban Playground Smoking Is Stalled

He pinned the bills' lack of progression on strong lobbying by the tobacco industry. The House bill (HB 309) was referred to two committees and the Health Quality Subcommittee. None of them have voted to advance it. The subcommittee doesn't have any mor
Lakeland (FL) Ledger
added Mar 28, 2014 11:21

Florida Supreme Court tosses out medical malpractice cap on damages

Florida’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 2003 law limiting “noneconomic” damages in medical malpractice cases violated the state Constitution. The 5-2 ruling, written by Justice R. Fred Lewis, effectively removes the cap, but will not benefit victims
Tampa Bay (FL) Times
added Mar 19, 2014 15:04

[Florida] Fla. Supreme Court Tosses Out Medical Malpractice Caps In Wrongful Death Suits

dropped a bomb on the Florida Legislature Thursday morning when it ruled that a 2003 law limiting damages in wrongful death medical-malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.
CBS Local CBS4/TV33
added Mar 19, 2014 15:00
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