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REPS. HERNANDEZ/PAN/BONTA: California must renew fight against tobacco

Tobacco use results in $13 billion in health care costs annually, with more than $3.5 billion being used to treat Medi-Cal patients with tobacco-related illnesses... Medi-Cal is severely underfunded .... The $2 tax on tobacco products will help give the
Sacramento (CA) Bee
added Apr 8, 2015 10:37

Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Cigarette Smoking

8.7% (95% CI=6.8%, 11.2%) of annual healthcare spending in the U.S. could be attributed to cigarette smoking, amounting to as much as $170 billion per year. More than 60% of the attributable spending was paid by public programs, including Medicare, other
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
added Apr 6, 2015 17:16

[New York] Art for the Knowing Nose

Art that incorporates scent has always been an outlier... In 1902, a poet and art critic named Sadakichi Hartmann tried using perfume and a fan to stage a “scent concert” in New York, but was foiled by clouds of tobacco smoke and was eventually booed offs
New York Times
added Apr 6, 2015 12:54

Florida Supreme Court upholds Engle punitive damages

smokers ... would have to prove that the manufacturers made a fraudulent claim about the dangers of cigarette smoking between May 5, 1982, and May 5, 1994, and that they relied detrimentally on those fraudulent claims in continuing to smoke.
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal
added Apr 3, 2015 22:15

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Deal Blow to Big Tobacco Defense in Engle Progeny Claims

ruled today that Engle progeny plaintiffs were not required to show reliance on tobacco industry conduct after May 5, 1982 in order to succeed on their fraudulent concealment claims. ...likely pave an easier path to their recovery of punitive awards again
Courtroom View Network (CVN)
added Apr 3, 2015 15:09

Top 10 Quotes From The 2nd Episode Of Ken Burns Documentary: 'Emperor Of All Maladies'

"The tobacco industry really developed this strategy of creating doubt. It’s really quite brilliant because it’s not so often that they would say it – smoking does not cause disease. They would say it’s an open question. We need to keep an open mind. Thi
added Apr 3, 2015 14:50

Here's the Key Tobacco Industry Question The Florida Supreme Court Just Adopted

rejected jury instructions sought by Philip Morris...ruling their wording would have kept juries from considering evidence of reliance on tobacco industry pronouncements before the 12-year repose period... "There just is no statute of repose issue at all, (Daily Business Review)
added Apr 3, 2015 12:25

[Asia, India, UK, USA] Thank you for smoking: A brief history of tobacco warning labels

The Indian health ministry's attempts at issuing warning labels on tobacco products is eerily similar to how the US and the UK began doing the same (in)
added Apr 2, 2015 18:05

[Asia, India, USA] KOTHARI/RAVI: Conflicts of interest between government and tobacco industry is bad

The tobacco industry’s influence on scientific research as well as government regulation and policy is an important part of the tobacco story.... The recent pack warnings debacle is a stark example of the vested interests of the tobacco industry coming i
The Economic Times (India)
added Apr 2, 2015 17:44

VIDEO: The evolution of anti-smoking campaigns

Since it began in 2012, the "Tips From Former Smokers " campaign has had a strong impact, prompting millions of smokers to try to quit, the CDC says. But this campaign is just the latest in a long line of anti-smoking campaigns; the first appeared in the
added Apr 2, 2015 14:45
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