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[California] Demonstrations, smoking ban and landmark hotel were among Laguna's notable issues in 2017

On June 23, smoking became illegal on sidewalks and alleys and in multi-unit residential common areas such as laundry rooms. The City Council in May unanimously passed an ordinance amending Laguna’s municipal code to expand the number of public areas wh
Los Angeles Times
added Dec 28, 2017 22:58
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[New York] Cause of fatal NYC fire was smoking, ruled accidental

Fire officials say the Christmas Day high rise blaze in New York that killed a 76-year-old man in his apartment was accidental and was caused by smoking. Authorities say John Doktor was found unresponsive in his bedroom by emergency responders Monday mor
AP - Associated Press
added Dec 28, 2017 22:58
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Bouchard: Tobacco Company Still Responsible for Florida Settlement Payments

The Delaware Court of Chancery on Thursday blocked an attempt by tobacco company ITG Brands to extricate itself from a dispute over $30 million in annual settlement payments owed to the state of Florida after the company acquired four popular brands of ci
Law.com
added Dec 28, 2017 22:58
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Colorado is using pot tax money to save programs funded by big tobacco settlement

But that money is already starting to dwindle, so state legislators have scrambled to find a source of funds that could ensure those helpful programs don’t disappear. The most obvious, if not ironic, source: marijuana money.
Denver (CO) Post
added Dec 28, 2017 22:51
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State of Florida v American Tobacco Company, et.al. (PDF)

Reynolds is still obligated to make the payments pursuant to the Florida Agreement unless and until it is able to have Imperial (or some other entity) actually become its true "successor" or true "assign."
Florida Attorney General's Office
added Dec 28, 2017 16:34
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Court Orders Tobacco Company to Honor Florida’s Historic Tobacco Settlement

After the June 2015 sale, RJR stopped making payments on these brands, costing the state an estimated $30 million a year in perpetuity. “Today’s ruling will ensure Florida’s landmark tobacco settlement is honored and our state receives the money it is ow
Florida Attorney General's Office
added Dec 28, 2017 15:39
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[New Mexico] Judge dismisses several lawsuits against Natural American Spirit

A federal judge in New Mexico has approved dismissing at least 26 complaints against a Reynolds American Inc. subsidiary related to how its Natural American Spirit super-premium cigarette brand has been marketed to consumers. However, Judge James Bowman
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Dec 28, 2017 15:35
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[California] Pot-smoking on the rise among U.S. pregnant women

Some previous research suggests that prenatal marijuana exposure may impair fetal growth and neurodevelopment.... “The more we study cannabis use during pregnancy, the more we are realizing how harmful it can be,” Bonn-Miller added.
Reuters
added Dec 27, 2017 16:35
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[Pennsylvania] Lincoln, Cheyney latest to ban tobacco on campus

Three Philadelphia-area colleges are going smoke-free for 2018. Fewer than half of the 102 historically black colleges and universities — and only one-third of the nation’s community colleges — have comprehensive smoke-free or tobacco-free policies. A
WHYY (Philadelphia, PA)
added Dec 27, 2017 16:31
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[New York] Mahoney urges Onondaga Nation to raise age for buying tobacco to 21

In a letter to the Onondaga Nation Council on Dec. 18, Mahoney requested the Nation adopt a law similar to one recently passed by the Onondaga County Legislature. That law raises the legal age to purchase tobacco, e-cigarettes and tobacco products to 21.
Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard
added Dec 27, 2017 15:28
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