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· E-cigs

Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit?  

These battery-powered electronic cigarettes deliver vaporized nicotine without tobacco, tar, or other chemicals
Jump to full article: Consumer Reports, 2012-04-11
Author: Consumer Reports magazine: May 2012

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Bottom line. Talk to your doctor before trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. Because they’re not regulated, safety is a question and you use them at your own risk.

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· Smokefree Policies
· Sports/Games
· People
non-USA, by Country
· India

Shah Rukh in legal trouble for smoking during IPL match  

Jump to full article: Firstpost.com (in), 2012-04-11

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Hookahs/Shisha / Water Pipes
non-USA, by Country
· UK

Children brag of smoking shisha to Coventry researchers  

Jump to full article: Coventry Evening Telegraph (uk), 2012-04-11
Author: Warren Manger, Coventry Telegraph

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CHILDREN as young as 14 years-old have approached researchers to brag about smoking shisha in bars in Coventry, the Telegraph can reveal.

A large scale survey is under way in Coventry to establish how widespread shisha smoking has become and warn people about the dangers.

It has revealed further evidence that worrying numbers of teenagers are now hooked on hookah pipes.

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· Health/Science
· Lung Cancer
non-USA, by Country
· Canada

Lung cancer stigma interferes with care 

10-20% of lung cancer patients never smoked but all are judged harshly, nurse says
Jump to full article: CBC News (ca), 2012-04-11

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· Health/Science
· Nicotine
· Smokeless
· Parenting / Family issues
non-USA, by Country
· India

Bhopal father held for killing baby with gutkha  

Jump to full article: Hindustan Times (in), 2012-04-11
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police arrested a grocery shop owner for allegedly killing his newborn baby girl by feeding her tobacco mixture (gutkha) in Gwalior, 450-km north of Bhopal.

Though the girl was found dead on October 19 last year, just two days after she was born, the arrest came only on Monday after the police confirmed through the forensic report that the babygirl's death was caused by overdose of nicotine. Also the mother of the girl, Anita Rana, deposed before magistrate that her husband was behind the killing of her newborn daughter.

Deputy inspector general of police of Gwalior range, RS Meena, confirmed to HT that the man, Narendra Rana, 40, has been arrested and booked for murder under section 302 of Indian Penal Code.

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· Health/Science
· Lung Cancer
· Women
· Ethnic Issues

Aspirin and Lung Cancer Risk in Asian Women 

Jump to full article: About.com: Lung Cancer, 2012-04-11

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· Lawsuits
· Court Documents
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· Florida
Lawsuits
· Engle
Organizations
· Reynolds American

RJR v. WEBB (PDF) 

Jump to full article: Florida's First District Court of Appeal , 2012-04-09

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The amount of the compensatory damages suggests an award that is the product of passion, an emotional response to testimony regarding difficulties Ms. Webb and her father faced and overcame before cancer befell him, rather than evidence of his illness, subsequent death, and the noneconomic consequences of the death itself. . . .

Although not determinative, the fact that the jury awarded double the amount of compensatory damages requested by Ms. Webb’s counsel and assigned to Mr. Horner half of the percentage of fault her counsel acknowledged during closing argument suggests the jury was influenced by prejudice or passion. While a “‘jury might properly award damages equal to or in excess of those requested by counsel in closing argument,’ . . . it is common practice for attorneys to suggest damages well in excess of the amount that could be sustained under the facts in the case.” (“A verdict is not per se excessive because the jury awards the full amount of damages suggested by counsel for the prevailing party, but we would be exceedingly naive should we fail to recognize that as a matter of practice the advocate usually suggests to the jury a figure for damages substantially in excess of the amount that is clearly supportable by the evidence and likewise in excess of the amount which he deems to be supportable in point of law should the jury happen to return a verdict approaching the amount suggested.”). Certainly the compassion Mr. Horner exhibited during his lifetime, and Ms. Webb’s deafness and devotion both to him and her first born, could inspire sympathy and admiration. In the circumstances, however, the compensatory damages award is more than the evidence at trial reasonably supports and “shocks the judicial conscience.” The trial court abused its discretion when it denied RJR’s motion for remittitur or new trial.

Because the award of compensatory damages must be vacated, we also vacate the award of punitive damages. See Engle, 945 So. 2d at 1265 (“‘[C]ourts must ensure that the measure of punishment is both reasonable and proportionate to the amount of harm to the plaintiff and to the general damages recovered.’ Thus, the amount of compensatory damages must be determined in advance of a determination of the amount of punitive damages awardable, if any, so that the relationship between the two may be reviewed for reasonableness.” . . .

V.

We reverse both the compensatory and the punitive damage awards and remand the case with directions that the trial court grant the motion for remittitur or order a new trial on damages only. We affirm the judgment in all other respects.

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· Health/Science
· International
· Tobacco Control
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· Class/Income Levels
non-USA, by Country
· Africa
· Asia
· Latin America

TReND publishes supplement on tobacco-related inequalities in low- and middle-income countries 

Jump to full article: Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND) (NCI/Legacy), 2012-03-01

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Tobacco Research Network on Disparities (TReND), funded by the NCI and Legacy, are pleased to announce the release of Research to Reduce Global Tobacco Inequalities, a special supplement to the journal Cancer Causes and Control, published in March 2012.

“A great challenge we face is changing the way public health policies address global health inequalities,” said Dr. Donna Vallone, co-editor of the supplement and Senior Vice President for Research and Evaluation at Legacy. “This extensive collection of manuscripts hopes to serve those who are in power to influence change that will make a difference.”

This supplement includes 11 new studies focusing on the burden of tobacco-related inequalities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, many of which have been targeted by the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing practices. Examples include:

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· Teen Smoking/Youth
· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· Singapore

Summit to spread anti-tobacco message among youth 

Jump to full article: AsiaOne (sg), 2012-03-16

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· Health/Science
· Lung Cancer
· costs/finances

CT Screening for Lung Cancer Cost-Effective 

Jump to full article: MedPage Today, 2012-04-10
Author: Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

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Action Points

Using CT scans to screen older smokers who are at risk for lung cancer appears to be as cost-effective as several other common screening studies.

Point out that the cost of lung cancer screening with CT was cheaper than both breast cancer and cervical cancer screening. Using CT scans to screen older smokers who are at risk for lung cancer appears to be as cost-effective as several other common screening studies, researchers found.

In an actuarial model analysis, using low-dose spiral CT to screen smokers and former heavy smokers, ages 50 to 64, had a cost per life-year saved similar to that for colorectal cancer screening, at about $19,000, Bruce Pyenson, of the healthcare consulting firm Milliman in New York, and colleagues reported in the April issue of Health Affairs.

That cost was cheaper than both breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, they found.

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· Lawsuits
· Lung Cancer
USA, by State
· Florida
Lawsuits
· Engle
Organizations
· Reynolds American

Fla. Appeals Court Stubs $79M RJR Lung Cancer Verdict ($$) 

Jump to full article: Law360, 2012-04-09

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· Lawsuits
· Federal/National
· Labels/Lights
USA, by State
· D.C.
Organizations
· FDA

DC Circ. Skeptical Of New FDA Cigarette Warning Labels ($$) 

Jump to full article: Law360, 2012-04-10

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· Fires/Injuries
· Litter
non-USA, by Country
· Russia

Siberia Court Fines Man $20 Mln for Wildfire 

Court fined local resident after his discarded cigarette started a fire which destroyed two hectares of forest
Jump to full article: Russian Information Agency Novosti (ru), 2012-04-11

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A court in Russia's southeastern Siberian republic of Buryatia has fined a local resident 581 million rubles ($19.6 million) after his discarded cigarette butt started a fire which destroyed two hectares of forest in 2009.

"The court has established that in June 2009 Alexander Malkov, 21, threw a burning cigarette butt into dry grass near Klyuchi village, a Regional Prosecutor General's Office spokesman said.

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· Lawsuits
· Federal/National
· Labels/Lights
USA, by State
· D.C.
Organizations
· FDA

Court Hears Arguments on Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels 

FDA asks appeals court to undo ruling that said labels were unconstitutional
Jump to full article: Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet), 2012-04-10

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· Business (Tobacco)
· Investing
· Advertising/Promos
· E-cigs
USA, by State
· Arizona

Sottera gets $20 million to invest in electronic cigarettes  

Jump to full article: Business Journal of Phoenix, 2012-04-10
Author: Angela Gonzales, Senior Reporter

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Scottsdale-based Sottera Inc., dba NJOY, received a $20 million investment from Greenwich, Conn.-based Catterton Partners, a consumer focused private equity firm.

The money will be used to market NJOY’s electronic cigarette product.

Plans call for hiring a handful of sales and marketing employees to help increase brand awareness of the NJOY product line. The company finished 2011 with 12 employees and now has 16.

“We certainly plan on hiring more,” said Craig Weiss, president and CEO of NJOY.

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