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2010-06-23 05:45:00

A US law went into effect on Tuesday barring tobacco companies from selling so-called "light" cigarettes, but anti-tobacco groups say the rule does nothing since many makers are simply selling the same cigarette by using color-coded packages. The law, signed a year ago by President Barack Obama, regulates the tobacco industry for the first and prohibits packaging using the terms "light," "ultra-light," "mild," or "low" -- which are thought to mislead smokers into believing these cigarettes...

2010-06-17 18:22:00

WASHINGTON, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took strong, quick action against Philip Morris USA to prevent the tobacco company from evading the new ban on promoting cigarettes as "light," "mild" or "low-tar" that takes effect on...

2010-04-29 09:23:32

Tobacco and tobacco branding in films most popular in the UK from 1989 to 2008 Tobacco imagery is still relatively common in films rated suitable for kids and young teens, despite significant declines in the cinematic depiction of smoking over the past 20 years, indicates research published in Thorax today. Based on their findings, active product placement may still be taking place, particularly in UK films, say the authors. They analyzed the occurrence of depictions of tobacco use, including...

2009-08-04 09:30:00

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Court ordered Class Notice in Curtis, et al., v Altria Group, Inc. and Philip Morris USA, Inc., et al., court File No. 27-CV-01-18042 (action filed 11/28/01). If you purchased Marlboro Lights cigarettes in Minnesota at any time before November 30, 2004, this class action notice may affect your rights. A class action lawsuit involving the marketing, advertising and promotion of Marlboro Lights cigarettes is pending in Hennepin County, Minnesota,...

2009-05-27 08:29:00

AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Senate voted 29-2 to pass a $100 million tax increase on smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products. HB 2154, while being a laudable program to fund rural doctor programs and changes in the business franchise tax, relies on an enormous tax on smokeless and other tobacco products, such as pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco to help fund the legislation. The Texas House voted on a similar measure by a vote of 79-61 after much contentious...

2009-04-29 14:32:19

U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris' cutback in advertising could mean the loss of 300 advertising jobs in Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday. Between 400 and 500 people at ad agency Leo Burnett work at least in part on Philip Morris advertising, making the cigarette maker one of Burnett's largest accounts, the newspaper said. Philip Morris has indicated it will scale back on spending for all brands, except Marlboro -- which was given its famous cowboy on a horse image by the...

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2009-02-13 08:10:00

A new federal report released on Thursday found that Marlboro cigarettes are the runaway favorite of teen smokers, the Associated Press reported. Because Marlboro is also the favored cigarette of most adults, anti-smoking advocates argued that the same advertising targeting adults is also influencing teens, despite smoking rates for that age group showing a recent decline. Dr. Victor Strasburger, a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and a spokesman for...

2009-02-12 13:03:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report on the cigarette brand preferences of middle and high school students demonstrates the need for Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate tobacco, Partnership for Prevention Interim President Corinne G. Husten, MD, MPH, said today. "It's no accident that the most-advertised brand of cigarettes in history is also the favorite brand of high school and middle school students," Husten said....

2009-02-12 13:56:38

U.S. researchers suggest that exposure to tobacco advertising and promotional activities plays a role in influencing youth to start smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report said that researchers found the three most heavily advertised brands -- Marlboro, Newport and Camel -- continue to be the preferred brand of cigarettes smoked by middle and high school student smokers. The study found 78 percent of middle-school students and 87...

2008-12-18 10:56:00

Class Action Status Requested To Benefit All Persons in the State of New York who Purchased Marlboro Lights Cigarettes GREAT NECK, N.Y., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker Waichman Alonso LLP announces that it has filed suit on behalf of a man who suffered economic damages as a result of misrepresentations made about Marlboro Lights cigarettes marketed by Philip Morris USA. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. (Docket Number:...


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