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[North Carolina] Senator asks FDA for clarity on consequences of new e-cig rules

A Republican Senate committee chairman has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking “for assistance in understanding the consequences” of its new rules on electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and chairman of the
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added May 27, 2016 11:41

[Florida] BREAKING UPDATE: $10M Punitive Verdict Boosts Award Against RJR to $13M in Fatal COPD Trial

The punitive verdict, which exceeded the $8.8 million in punitives Kelley/Uustal's Eric Rosen requested in Friday morning's closings, followed about an hour of deliberations.
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Apr 23, 2016 17:43

[Florida] Fla. Justices Lower Smokers' Hurdle For Engle Class Eligibility ($$)

Supreme Court expanded punitive damages for Engle progeny plaintiffs, tobacco companies were dealt another blow Thursday as the court ruled that a smoker did not need an official diagnosis before the cutoff date for membership in the original Engle class.
added Mar 25, 2016 05:50

[Florida] Tobacco Cos. Owe Computer Whiz's Family $12.5M, Jury Told ($$)

Relatives of a computer analyst who died of lung cancer urged a Florida jury to award it a $12.5 million verdict plus punitive damages in its trial against Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., arguing that the companies' cigarettes killed
added Feb 11, 2016 18:36

[Florida] 11th Circ. Will Still Rehear Engle Case After Judge's Recusal ($$)

Chief Judge Ed Carnes discovered that he may be recused and, “in an abundance of caution,” removed himself from the proceedings, vacating the Jan. 21 decision. However, after a revote, the 10 remaining circuit judges again granted rehearing en banc, accor
added Feb 3, 2016 14:57

Capitol Notebook: Maine DHHS a no-show for tobacco-fund hearings

Lawmakers reviewing the Fund for a Healthy Maine have been frustrated that staffers from the Department of Health and Human Services have refused to appear before their committee. Rep. Roberta Beavers, a South Berwick Democrat, was among those annoyed th
Falmouth (ME) Forecaster
added Nov 16, 2015 22:18

[Washington] Bellingham council bans smoking in city parks, trails

Smoking a traditional cigarette or cigar or vaping using an e-cigarette will no longer be allowed in any city park, trail or open space following a City Council decision Monday night, Nov. 9. The council will need to take a third and final vote on the ru
Bellingham (WA) Herald
added Nov 11, 2015 20:41

[Florida] $30M Award Against RJ Reynolds Too Big, Fla. Court Says

was excessive compared with the properly determined, $10.5 million compensatory award, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday, remanding the case for a recalculation but not a retrial. A majority panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that t
added Nov 5, 2015 02:22

[Wyoming] Editorial board: Increase the tobacco tax

It’s too early to say exactly how much we should increase the tax, but it has to be enough to make a difference, both in preventing smoking and in our state’s bank accounts. We must examine our priorities as a state – and both physical and financial heal
Casper (WY) Star-Tribune
added Oct 28, 2015 16:20

[Florida] George Zimmerman's Twitter meltdown: Killer shares photos boasting about his freedom and sickening racist rant at Obama just hours after posting image of Trayvon's dead body

Zimmerman followed up the post with a picture of his beach view and a cigar, with the words: 'As much as I love owning all you trolls I have to work... On my tan!'
The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday (uk)
added Sep 28, 2015 22:14
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