British American Tobacco company will go to High Court

A tobacco company says it will take the government to the High Court as soon as Labor’s plain packaging legislation becomes law. The legislation mandating that cigarettes be sold in drab olive-brown packs is set to pass the Senate on Thursday evening after a limited debate. After that, it only needs royal assent to become […]

Altria Says West Virginia Tobacco Case Ends in Mistrial

A trial of more than 600 claims against Altria Group Inc. (MO)’s Philip Morris unit, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Lorillard Inc. (LO) ended in a mistrial, according to an Altria spokesman. The first part of a two-phase trial of wrongful-death and personal-injury claims by...

‘X Factor’ USA Josh Krajcik ‘warned to stop smoking by doctor’

The X Factor USA contestant Josh Krajcik has reportedly been warned by doctors to quit smoking. A source close to the 30-year-old revealed that he had to meet with a physician after struggling during last week’s X Factor rehearsals. The doctor apparently cautioned Krajcik that...

Graphic Cigarette Labels Temporarily Blocked by US Judge

Images designed to deter people from smoking blocked by judge on grounds that it violates free speech amendment. A judge on Monday blocked a US government requirement that would have begun forcing tobacco companies next year to put graphic images on cigarette packages to show...

Two Polish diplomats fired over attempted cigarette smuggling

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has fired two employees of the Polish embassy in Moscow after they tried to smuggle cigarettes worth $16,000 to Poland, the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The diplomats were detained in Terespol at the border with Belarus, Marcin Bosacki said,...

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Tobacco probe leads to 9 arrests in Upstate

An international $20 million illegal tobacco ring in which hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash would exchange hands in Upstate warehouses, peach farms and convenience stores has been broken up after a three-year undercover investigation spanning the United States, according to a federal indictment...

Supreme Court reverses Eve/Eva trade mark decision

In May 2010, then deputy commissioner of Patents and Trademarks Noah Shalev Shlomovits ruled that the cigarette brand Eva, produced by Bulgarian manufacturer Aktsionerno Droujestvo Bulgartabac is not confusingly similar to the Eve brand of cigarettes produced by Philip Morris, allowing Eva to be registered...

David Cameron is back on the cigarettes

David Cameron is back on cigarettes after failed attempts to quit smoking. The PM, who is 45 today, is careful not to be seen smoking in public. But a source said: “He still has the occasional cigarette.” Mr Cameron said at his party’s conference last...

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