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Tobacco Company CEOs Cash In While States Cut Back on Prevention 

Key industry chiefs are paid more than 47 states and DC are spending on prevention
Jump to full article: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), 2012-04-12

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See how your state stacks up against Big Tobacco's big paychecks

State tobacco prevention spending versus Big Tobacco CEO Pay

State FY12 State Spending ($millions)

Alabama $0.0

Connecticut $0.0

District of Columbia $0.0

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Indianapolis Council Again Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air – Mayor Ballard Should Sign Into Law  

Statement of Susan M. Liss, Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Jump to full article: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), 2012-04-17

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The Indianapolis City-County Council tonight again delivered a victory for the public's right to breathe clean air by voting to make all restaurants and bars and most other workplaces smoke-free. We applaud the Council for its leadership and perseverance in working to improve the city's health, and we urge Mayor Greg Ballard to sign this legislation into law. It's time to protect all Indianapolis residents and workers from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke.

Polling shows that 70 percent of Indianapolis voters support a law to make all restaurants, bars and other workplaces smoke-free. Going smoke-free now is right for Indianapolis. Indianapolis is currently the largest U.S. city without a strong smoke-free law that includes restaurants and bars. Nationwide, 29 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and more than 650 cities have such laws. As the Indianapolis City-County Council recognized, no one should have to put their health at risk in order to earn a paycheck or enjoy a night out.

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BAT v COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA (PDF) 

SUBMISSIONS OF THE PLAINTIFFS
Jump to full article: High Court of Australia (au), 2012-03-26

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Part 1: Publication of Submissions

1. These submissions are in a form suitable for publication on the internet.

Part II: Issues Arising in the Proceedings

2. The issues arising in these proceedings are:

(a) First, whether, apart from s. 15 of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) (TPP Act), some or all of the provisions of the TPP Act would effect an acquisition of any, and if so what, property of the plaintiffs or any of them otherwise than on just terms (within the meaning of s. 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

(b) Secondly, whether s. 15 of the TPP Act is a valid law of the Commonwealth.

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Tobacco Packaging, Stock-Cost Rule, Bunge: Compliance  

Jump to full article: Bloomberg News, 2012-04-17

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Tobacco giants, government face off in court  

Jump to full article: AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au), 2012-04-17

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Australian Judges Query Tobacco Companies’ Stand on Packs  

Jump to full article: Business Week/Bloomberg, 2012-04-17

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Discarded cigarette ignites truck carrying hay on I-40  

Jump to full article: WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC), 2012-04-16

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Veterans centers' residents exempt from state-property tobacco ban  

Jump to full article: Tulsa (OK) World, 2012-04-17
Author: WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer

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Gov. Mary Fallin has OK'd an exemption from her state property tobacco ban for people living in state veterans homes.

New residents of the facilities will have to agree to live by the tobacco-free policy, but current residents will be exempt from the governor's order.

"As the public servants of Oklahoma implement this policy, the former service member residents of the veterans centers of Oklahoma especially deserve our best efforts to reasonably implement this health initiative considering their unique residential circumstances," Steven Mullins, general counsel to Fallin, wrote Friday to the members of the War Veterans Commission.

In February, Fallin signed an executive order banning tobacco use on state property.

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PM - Ukraine uses WTO to challenge Australia's tobacco law  

Jump to full article: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) (au), 2012-04-17

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Town of Georgina passes bylaw to force smokers to butt out on beaches, parks and trails  

Jump to full article: Toronto (Ont) Star (ca), 2012-04-16

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Tobacco-control office cuts 35 jobs 

Health Canada says it's time to change strategy
Jump to full article: Montreal Gazette (ca), 2012-04-17
Author: SARAH SCHMIDT, Postmedia News

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Health Canada is downsizing its tobacco-control program and eliminating about 35 jobs as part of the government's ongoing cost-cutting effort.

National health groups, who will be on Parliament Hill Tuesday, say the move represents "drastic cuts" to Canada's Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, developed to reduce tobacco-related death and disease among Canadians. But the department, which promotes the strategy as "the most ambitious effort Canada has ever undertaken to fight the tobacco epidemic," says it's time for the strategy to undergo a makeover.

In total, $15 million is being cut from Health Canada's tobacco-control program. Last year, the budget was about $53 million.

The government says about half of the cuts are coming from reducing grants and contributions to public-health groups to conduct research. The remainder will come from fewer salaries in the shrunken tobacco-control unit, part of Health Canada's Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch.

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Smokers groups start 'coalition of the sane' 

Smokers' rights groups and libertarians feel anti-smoking campaigners are going too far
Jump to full article: Politics.co.uk (uk), 2012-04-17

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Smoke-free bars in Indianapolis are just one OK away  

Stricter ban awaits mayor's signature after council approves measure with 20-9 vote.
Jump to full article: Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2012-04-17

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Sharjah plans to ban tobacco sale near schools 

The move comes in response to complaints by school administrations about the spread of the sale of banned substances in groceries around schools
Jump to full article: Gulf News (ae), 2012-04-17

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Cigarette to blame for Friday fire, officials say 

Two dozen residents housed in emergency shelter over the weekend
Jump to full article: Santa Monica (CA) Daily Press, 2012-04-17

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