Smoking and Tobacco Industry

Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes FairWarining Investigates

Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes

Lorillard Tobacco donated nearly four times as much to Republican candidates as to Democrats in the 2014 congressional elections. No surprise there — most businesses count on Republicans to hold the line on regulations and taxes. But Lorillard made a striking exception for one set of Democrats: African Americans. It gave campaign cash to half…

Health Groups Laud Treatment of Tobacco in Trade Deal FairWarining Reports

Health Groups Laud Treatment of Tobacco in Trade Deal

The sweeping trade deal concluded Monday by negotiators from the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries still faces strong criticism from environmentalists, labor unions and many lawmakers– which makes its approval by Congress uncertain. But public health groups are rejoicing over a provision barring the tobacco industry from using the treaty, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to…

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites FairWarining Reports

Smoke (Still) Gets in Your Eyes at Many Job Sites

Despite the flood of state and local laws since the 1990s to ban indoor smoking, millions of Americans still are exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. As a bulletin last month from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health pointed out, 20.4 percent of nonsmoking workers say they encounter secondhand smoke at least…

Despite the dismal image of smoking today, cigarette makers formerly used celebrities to promote smoking as sophisticated and chic. See gallery of ads below. (Courtesy of Stanford University collection). FairWarining Reports

Long After Loss of its Glamorous Image, Smoking Keeps a Tight Grip on the Mentally Ill

For decades, tobacco companies relied on movie stars and sports heroes to pitch their brands, making cigarettes as much a symbol of sophistication and glamour as limousines and Champagne. Today, the image is vastly different, with smoking largely a habit of the troubled and the poor. A surprising statistic emphasizes the point: 44 percent of…

FDA Panels Vote to Keep 'Black Box' Warning on Stop Smoking Drug Chantix FairWarining Reports

FDA Panels Vote to Keep ‘Black Box’ Warning on Stop Smoking Drug Chantix

On every package of the quit-smoking drug Chantix, a warning label alerts doctors and consumers that some people taking the tablets have reported “serious neuropsychiatric events.” As FairWarning has reported, Chantix’s so-called black box warning – the government’s strongest alert – was first imposed in 2009 after thousands of claims of side effects, including reported…

Tobacco Industry Batting a Thousand With Federal Judge, While FDA Strikes Out FairWarining Investigates

Tobacco Industry Batting a Thousand With Federal Judge, While FDA Strikes Out

What are the odds? In 2009, Congress passed landmark legislation directing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products, aiming to cut the toll from the leading preventable cause of disease and death. Three times since, however, cigarette and e-cigarette companies have filed successful legal challenges to thwart rules intended to make their products…

Legal Battles Smolder Six Decades After 'the Greatest Health Protection in Cigarette History' FairWarining Investigates

Legal Battles Smolder Six Decades After ‘the Greatest Health Protection in Cigarette History’

It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer — and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.

The Tobacco Problem in U.S. Trade

Should tobacco be like any other product in U.S. trade? The question bedeviled U.S. policymakers for decades, but it has now arisen again, with much controversy, in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the pending trade deal between the United States and eleven other countries. The White House has tried to finesse the issue,…

Obama Administration Attacked for Retreat on Tobacco in Trade Talks FairWarining Reports

Obama Administration Attacked for Retreat on Tobacco in Trade Talks

Health advocates are blasting the Obama administration for watering down a proposal aimed at keeping the tobacco industry from exploiting trade agreements to fight tough anti-smoking rules.

Protest by Tobacco State Politicians, Business Groups May Snuff Out Obama Administration Trade Move FairWarining Investigates

Protest by Tobacco State Politicians, Business Groups May Snuff Out Obama Administration Trade Move

Tobacco companies are using free trade agreements to challenge countries that adopt tough anti-smoking rules, charging them with violating treaty obligations.