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[Colorado] Aspen tobacco tax revenue smokes predictions in first month

The first month of collections on a new tobacco tax shows that the city of Aspen is ahead of its revenue predictions. City tax auditor Anthony Lewit said his office collected $31,664 for January, and there is one establishment that has yet to file.
Aspen (CO) Times
added Mar 10, 2018 17:29

[Florida] Hell bound

On the flip side, Florida’s Judicial Hellhole ranking might be a case of a lot of smoke but little fire, say several lawyers. One issue: Scot Goldberg, a personal injury attorney in Fort Myers with Goldberg Noone, says the report relies on overgeneraliz
Business Observer (Sarasota, FL)
added Mar 10, 2018 16:26

[Florida] Federal Court Delivers Massive Blow to Big Tobacco on Years-long Challenge ($$)

A federal appellate court thwarted efforts by tobacco companies to overturn a multimillion-dollar judgment against them, while pointing to the “unique and difficult challenge” Florida Supreme Court’s Engle ruling created for courts and juries.
added Mar 10, 2018 00:55

[New York] Al Sharpton, Reconsidered

a private Midtown cigar club on the penthouse floor of 666 Fifth Avenue, Mr. Sharpton looked downright stately. Reporters have tagged along with him to the Grand Havana over the years, because few things get between Mr. Sharpton and his daily cigar, and
New York Times
added Mar 10, 2018 00:39

[Colorado] This city just passed an antismoking law. It’s the brainchild of a Girl Scout troop.

And thus begins the story of how the Aurora City Council outlawed adults smoking in cars with minors. The law took effect last week, with violators facing mandatory community service. “I’m not a sentimental guy, but it gave me a real renewed faith in th
Washington Post
added Mar 9, 2018 20:51
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Mississippi legislators push for cigarette tax increase

Some Mississippi lawmakers are working to discourage children and adults from beginning or continuing to smoke by proposing an increased tax on cigarettes. Legislators recently drafted five bills to propose the tax increase, but all five failed as of Fe
The Daily Mississippian (University of Mississippi)
added Mar 9, 2018 20:38

VIDEO: Meet the group of Girl Scouts behind a new Colorado Law

added Mar 9, 2018 16:08

[Florida] 6 Elements of Altria's Tobacco Strategy

Speaking at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., on Feb. 21, Marty Barrington...and other executives named several broad strategies to ensure the company’s viability, at a time when the sale of combustible cigarettes
Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet)
added Mar 11, 2018 16:29

After raising age for tobacco purchases, California sees decreased sales to minors

A report published last month in the journal Tobacco Control suggests the new law is already working. Seven months after it took effect, preliminary data show, the percentage of state retailers selling tobacco to kids under age 18 dropped significantly —
Los Angeles Daily News
added Mar 10, 2018 17:30

[Florida] 11th Circuit Panel Affirms $7.5 Million Tobacco Verdict ($$)

affirmed a $7.5 million verdict in an Engle progeny suit after finding that the trial court did not err by not calling a mistrial after the plaintiff’s in-court medical emergency (Pauline Burkhart v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., No. 14-14708, 11th C
Lexis Nexis
added Mar 9, 2018 00:33
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