FDA barred from regulating e-cigarettes as medical devices

FDA barred from regulating e-cigarettes as medical devices
An appellate ruling has blocked the Food and Drug Administration from regulating electronic cigarettes as “medical devices,” a designation that would have required clinical trials before manufacturers could market the products. The Dec. 7 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court found that the FDA has jurisdiction over ...

Big Tobacco Suffers Court Loss in Minnesota

Big Tobacco Suffers Court Loss in Minnesota
We have closely followed the recent outbreak of Florida suits claiming injuries from smoking, but today we turn our attention to tobacco-litigation news coming out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The Minnesota Court of Appeals yesterday gave a green light to a suit claiming that Philip Morris misled smokers by marketing low-tar cigarettes as ...

Tobacco Cessation Center hoping to enlist healthcare providers to help smokers quit

Tobacco Cessation Center hoping to enlist healthcare providers to help smokers quit
The Tobacco Cessation Center of Northern New York is hoping to enlist all healthcare providers to help smokers quit in 2011. The Cessation Center’s Beth Gero notes that in 2008, the award-winning “Don’t Be Silent about Smoking” campaign was launched by 19 Cessation Centers in New York State targeting health care providers. The third phase ...

Tobacco Company Guilty of Giving Free Cigarettes to Children

Tobacco Company Guilty of Giving Free Cigarettes to Children
A North Carolina-based tobacco company tried to entice African-American children to become smokers by handing out free cigarettes in Boston during the 1950s and 1960s, a jury ruled on Dec. 14, awarding $71 million in compensatory damages to the estate and child of a woman who died of lung cancer in 2002. According to the ...

State unveils high-tech cigarette tax stamp

State unveils high-tech cigarette tax stamp
California tax officials have a new weapon in the war against cigarette bootleggers. On Tuesday, the California Board of Equalization unveiled its latest high-tech tax stamp. The device, which will appear on legally authorized cigarette packs beginning Jan. 1, uses special inks that shift colors from yellow-gold to green. Each stamp also includes a unique ...

Help offered to quit tobacco in N.D.

Help offered to quit tobacco in N.D.
“If you have a New Year’s resolution to quit using tobacco, check out the tools available to help you,” said Michelle Walker, tobacco cessation director for the North Dakota Department of Health. “If you prefer to receive counseling and support on the phone, you can call the Quitline. Or, if you prefer to receive advice ...

Minnesota judges rule in favor of consumers who believed ads that pitched Marlboro Lights as healthier than other cigarettes.

Minnesota judges rule in favor of consumers who believed ads that pitched Marlboro Lights as healthier than other cigarettes.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday reinstated a consumer-protection lawsuit against Philip Morris Inc. and allowed the case to go forward as a class-action claim that alleges the company misled smokers by marketing low-tar cigarettes as a healthier form of tobacco use. Philip Morris issued a statement strongly suggesting that it will appeal the ...