|14 Smokers sue the state for part of tobacco settlement
||In a class-action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, 14 state residents are suing the state for a share of the state's .9 billion tobacco settlement funds.
|Down with Cigarette Billboards
||Over the last month, cigarette makers and outdoor advertising companies have been scrambling to meet the deadline.
|Over 500 Australian smokers file class-action lawsuit
||About 500 smokers and former smokers are about to jointly file a class-action lawsuit against the country's three major tobacco companies - Philip Morris, Rothmans and W. D. & H.O. Wills.
|30 cent Cigarette Tax Increase in Maryland
||A tobacco tax bill that was at the heart of Gov. Parris Glendening's legislative program won final approval when the House of Delegates joined the Senate in approving a 30-cent increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes.
|Michigan family sues tobacco firm over woman's death
||The family of deceased Mary Beckett has filed a lawsuit against Brown and Williamson Tobacco Co., in Kent County Circuit Court, Michigan, seeking .25 million in damages.
|Smoking linked to permanent genetic damages
||A recent study conducted by Dr. Adi Gazdar of the University of Texas, indicates that smokers, even those who quit years ago, have permanent damage to their genes, which may lead to cancer.
|Big Tobacco Spends Top Dollar to Lobby
||The tobacco industry spent an unprecedented million for lobbying to kill federal tobacco control legislation in 1998, according to recent lobbying reports filed in the Congress.
|Feds hire Minneapolis law firm for Tobacco Suit
||The U.S. Justice Department hired the Minneapolis law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi to consult in the government's planned lawsuit against cigarette companies.
|Kids across America 'Kick Butts' on April 14
||On April 14, the fourth annual kick Butts day, kids all over America will step up to the front lines in the fight against tobacco.
|Judge slashes San Francisco lawsuit award in half
||Superior Court Judge John Munter upheld the landmark verdict issued by a San Francisco jury in February against Philip Morris but said the jury's decision on punitive damages was "excessive".
|Smoking in Teens boosts DNA damage
||In a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers state that those who start smoking during adolescence may be more susceptible to smoking-related DNA changes than those who start smoking later on in life.