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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appeals a court decision that denied the agency’s request to combine two lawsuits filed over cigar regulations into a single case. more

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A Florida appellate court upheld the dismissal of more than 70 lawsuits against tobacco companies and refused to allow attorneys to amend the complaints because the clients had died before the cases were filed. more

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Manufacturers begin running court-mandated advertisements as part of a settlement of a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over misleading statements that began nearly 20 years ago. more

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A Florida federal court fines two personal injury law firms a combined US$9.16 million for pursuing 1,250 Engle progeny lawsuits against US tobacco manufacturers that were determined to be frivolous complaints. more

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The Seventh Circuit has ruled that Indiana’s law regulating the production of vape liquids for e-cigarettes imposes broad requirements on out-of-state manufacturers that are unprecedented and unconstitutional. more

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Gold Leaf Tobacco suffered heavy losses after being compelled to recall stocks from the market and destroy material after the Zimbabwean High Court barred the company from packaging and distributing cigarettes bearing the RG brand. more

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Tobacco companies won a small victory this August against the Food and Drug Administration in a lawsuit challenging FDA’s authority to require pre-clearance for tobacco products with changed labels or quantities. more

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Diversified group ITC recently announced “progressive resumption” of production at its cigarette factories, which was suspended over the large pictorial warning issue. more

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Major film studios recently filed court papers asking a judge to reject a putative class action that blames them for children becoming addicted to nicotine. more

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A Dutch lawyer and lung cancer patient are planning to take tobacco companies to court for for producing cigarettes designed to turn people into addicts as quickly as possible. more

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In a landmark ruling, a New York judge recently ruled that vaping is not smoking and the two words cannot be used interchangeably. New York currently bans smoking in most public areas. more

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The Rajasthan High Court rules that graphic warnings on cigarette packs will have to cover at least 85% of the packaging on both sides of tobacco products. more

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From the Associate editor

Marketing 101

There is no industry more regulated than the tobacco industry, and this extends to its marketing. But, do basic marketing concepts differ much between tobacco and any other product?

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