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[Florida] Kelley/Uustal Obtains $20M in Punitive Damages in Big Tobacco Case

The attorneys argued that R.J. Reynolds’ alleged decades-long concealment of the dangers of smoking contributed to the death of the plaintiff’s wife, Elaine Konzelman, from COPD. According to court documents, Mrs. Konzelman developed the fatal respirator
PR Web
added Oct 26, 2016 03:13

[Florida] $20M in Punitives Slams RJR, Brings Total Verdict to $29M in Trial over Smoker's Fatal COPD

Jurors Tuesday imposed a $20 million punitive award against R.J. Reynolds for the role the tobacco company played in the fatal respiratory disease of a Florida smoker, bringing the total award in the case to nearly $29 million. Konzelman v. R.J. Reynolds,
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Oct 26, 2016 03:08
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[Missouri] Battle over raising the cigarette tax in Amendment 3

Dueker predicts approval of the measure will stop manufacturers from "dumping" cheap cigarettes in Missouri... the opposition comes because Amendment 3 is being funded by big tobacco. Her concern is that the constitutional amendment "stigmatizes medical r
WB11 - KPLR TV (St. Louis, MO)
added Oct 26, 2016 03:06

[Florida] $8.8M Compensatory Award Against RJR for Smoker's Death Dwarfs Plaintiff's Request, Trial on Puntives Begins

The compensatory award was $3.5 million more than the $5.295 million... requested in Friday's closings. Konzelman, an 87-year-old retired merchant ship engineer claims R.J. Reynolds is responsible for the respiratory disease and 2010 death of his wife, E
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Oct 25, 2016 21:36

[Pennsylvania] Checkers workers caught on video smoking in kitchen and discussing spitting in food, mopping floors with hamburger buns and having sex with customers

At one point Benson lights up a cigarette in the kitchen, and talks about how he sometimes handles food without wearing gloves.
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Oct 25, 2016 21:26

[California] CA Assemblymember Williams and Ventura County Leaders Urge Voters to Support Prop 56 and Reduce E-Cigarettes’ Impact on the Environment

“If it passes, Prop 56 will help us educate kids on the harmful effects of cigarettes and e-cigarettes,” said Oxnard School Board Trustee Denis O’Leary. “This initiative is designed to prevent kids from getting hooked on tobacco, protect California’s air
Yes on
added Oct 25, 2016 21:19

[California] Ballot Bullies: Big Tobacco Goes All Out to Kill Proposition 56

pouring more than $71 million to date into a campaign funding radio and TV ads that have been decried as “supremely sleazy” by the editorial of the kings of misdirection, Richard Berman of the Washington D.C. lobbying firm Berman & Co., infamo
Capital & Main
added Oct 25, 2016 21:07

[California] Vaping Vendors Fear E-Cigarette Tax Will Crush Their Businesses

say the tax will lift the price of one standard 30 milliliter bottle of liquid nicotine from roughly $20 to $30. Critics fear the 67 percent tax rate on vaping could jeopardize small businesses throughout the state, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Daily Caller (blog)
added Oct 25, 2016 20:59

[District of Columbia] GUSA Senate Approves Smoke-Free Referendum

The main campus of Georgetown University took another step toward becoming smoke-free, as the Georgetown University Student Association senate voted 26-0 Sunday to hold a studentwide referendum in December on the issue.
The Hoya (Georgetown University)
added Oct 25, 2016 19:12

[New York] Donald Trump 'hosted wild parties with sex, cocaine and underage models' when he owned the Plaza Hotel

said the Republican nominee threw them regularly in the suites ... when he owned it between 1988 and 1995... ‘guys with younger girls, sex, a lot of sex, a lot of cocaine, top shelf liquor’ but no smoking, which the businessman didn’t approve of, the phot
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Oct 25, 2016 14:31
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