Florida continues to be a popular state for people to base their lawsuits against the tobacco industry, according to CBS MoneyWatch. The tobacco industry faces thousands of legal challenges in the state.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered tobacco company R.J. Reynolds to stop selling four cigarette products. It is the first time the agency has ordered a major tobacco company to stop selling products, according to NPR.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee recently banned smokeless tobacco from all public athletic fields in the city, including AT&T Park, home of the Giants. The ban, which starts next January, is part of a growing movement to rid Major League Baseball of smokeless tobacco.
E-cigarettes may be as addictive as regular cigarettes, a new study suggests. Researchers tested samples of e-liquids and found that much of the nicotine in e-cigarettes is the addictive form of the compound.
Tobacco companies are aggressively marketing to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) community, by positioning themselves as allies to the gay rights movement, according to Slate. A recent government report found LGBTQ individuals are more than 33 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes.
New regulations for e-cigarettes are likely to have a large impact on the industry, experts say. The rules could force many small e-cigarette businesses to close, while benefitting large tobacco companies.
The three largest U.S. tobacco companies this week announced they will drop their lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, after the agency said it would reconsider rules about the companies’ product labels.
Officials in Beijing, China said they will make public the names of people who repeatedly ignore the city’s tough new smoking ban. Smoking will be outlawed in public places, including restaurants, offices and public transportation, NBC News reports.
This spring, while the San Francisco Giants geared up another season, their local government hit a home run of its own. The Mayor of San Francisco signed a unanimous Board of Supervisors action last week, to ban smokeless tobacco on playing fields throughout the city.
A federal appeals court has ruled that American tobacco companies do not have to tell consumers they lied about the dangers of smoking. The companies must say cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, according to the Associated Press.
The rate of cigarette smoking declined significantly in about half of states between 2011 and 2013, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There was relatively little change in the rate of smokeless tobacco use, the report found.
The Food and Drug Administration this week denied a request from two subsidiaries of the tobacco company Reynolds American to change the warning label of smokeless tobacco products to indicate they are less risky than traditional cigarettes.
A group of experts convened by the U.S. government concludes there is not enough evidence to support using e-cigarettes to quit smoking. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says medicines, including nicotine replacement products, along with behavior modification programs, are more effective.
Hawaii’s state legislature has passed a bill that raises the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco or e-cigarettes to 21. If Governor David Ige signs the bill, Hawaii would become the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to those under 21.
E-cigarette use among teens tripled from 2013 to 2014, a new government report finds. An estimated 13 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes last year—compared with 9 percent who smoked traditional cigarettes.
The three largest tobacco companies are suing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), claiming new guidelines issued by the agency infringe on their commercial speech. The new guidelines are designed to help manufacturers decide which new products require FDA review.
A new fund to help low- and middle-income countries fight legal challenges to their smoking laws by the tobacco industry has been created by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.