A legal challenge to the 1998 nationwide tobacco settlement has failed, with a federal judge dismissing a lawsuit filed by a North Carolina based tobacco company that claimed the deal between states and the industry stifled competition. The Legal Newsline reported Jan. 6 that U.S. District Judge Jennifer Coffman said that General Tobacco waived its […]
To many immigrants from Africa, the mildly narcotic drug khat is viewed as no more harmful than a cup of coffee, but U.S. law-enforcement officials are concerned that the “flower of paradise” is a growing drug threat.
A legal challenge to the 1998 nationwide tobacco settlement has failed, with a federal judge dismissing a lawsuit filed by a North Carolina based tobacco company that claimed the deal between states and the industry stifled competition.
Draft regulations intended to govern Michigan’s new medical-marijuana law came under attack in a public hearing, the Detroit Free Press reported, Jan. 6. The regulations, drawn up by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), gave rise to constitutionality and privacy issues and are a burden for law-enforcement agencies, critics contend. “We are responsible, law-abiding […]
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing 160,390 people in 2007, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance. Roughly 85 percent of patients die within five years of diagnosis, the Washington Post reported Dec. 28. The U.S. National Cancer Institute reported that tobacco was responsible for 90 percent of […]
Aggressive action against the tobacco industry is expected to gather steam with the arrival of the new Congress and the beginning of the Obama administration, the New York Times reported, Jan. 5. The early legislative agenda will focus on raising cigarette taxes, enacting legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate cigarettes, […]
New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that hospital admissions for heart attacks have dropped significantly in Pueblo, Colo., since the city put in place an indoor smoking ban three years ago, All Headline News reported Jan. 2. Hospital admissions for heart attacks dropped from 399 in the 18 months […]