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American cigarette manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the FDA.
The largest US tobacco companies filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
read more ...05/04/15
Interesting facts about cigarettes, countries - tobacco leaders.
Every minute in the world are sold about 8-10 million cigarettes and daily 13-15 billion cigarettes.
read more ...04/01/15
Anti-smoking campaigns run to extremes.
It is strange to what can bring the foolishness of anti-smoking crusaders in their attempts to impose all the rules of a healthy lifestyle, even if they lead to a violation of all norms, artistic freedom and civil society.
read more ...03/03/15
Brown & Williamson Wins Smoking Suit


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. extended the cigarette industry's victory streak on Tuesday by winning a lawsuit brought by a smoker's family who claimed the company's low-tar cigarettes caused his death.

Brown & Williamson, the No. 3 U.S. tobacco company, said a nine-member federal jury in Charleston, S.C., found in its favor on Tuesday in a product liability suit. The decision is part of a strong winning record by tobacco companies in liability cases since 1996, according to analysts. The industry has prevailed four times in a row this year. ``It's a good win for us,'' said Steve Kottak, a spokesman for Brown & Williamson, a unit of British American Tobacco Plc (BATS.L) (BTI.A). He added that the ruling showed juries ``continue to favor common-sense findings'' on personal responsibility. In the case, the family of Samuel Little, a Mount Pleasant, S.C., businessman, charged that smoking Brown & Williamson's low-tar Carlton cigarettes caused his death. Little started smoking as a teenager and switched to Carltons in the mid-1970s because they were low in tar and nicotine. He developed cancer in 1995 and died in 1999 at age 54. The family had sought $970,000 in stipulated damages. They had also asked for unspecified amounts for pain and suffering and for punitive damages. The Charleston case had not been viewed as a big threat to the industry because it focused on a single smoker. It also was brought in South Carolina, a major tobacco-producing state. The jury deliberated four hours before returning a verdict. Company Faces Similar Case In Texas Based in Louisville, Ky., Brown & Williamson makes such brands as Kool, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall, GPC and Misty, along with Carlton. British American closed off 6 cents at $15.20 in light American Stock Exchange trading. The Standard & Poor's tobacco index (.SPTOBC) closed down 0.58 percent as markets overall were close to unchanged. Brown & Williamson faces a similar case in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, Kottak said. Brown & Williamson and other cigarette makers have been hit with a wave of suits in recent years claiming compensation for the treatment of sick smokers and damages. They include the $206 billion settlement between the tobacco industry and 46 states in late 1998. David Adelman, an analyst with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, said the case fit a trend of tobacco companies winning liability cases. He said the industry had won 17 of 21 cases since 1996, when trials over compensation for states' expenses in covering tobacco-related ailments began. ``That is an extraordinary record for any industry, for any corporate defendant,'' Adelman said. Little's family was represented by Ness Motley Loadholt Richardson & Poole, a Mount Pleasant law firm that has played a major role in tobacco suits. ``Quite frankly, if that firm can't win, it will discourage others from suing the industry,'' Adelman said. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc. (RJR.N) also had been a defendant in the case. The judge dismissed the claims against Reynolds last week.

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