Myron Levin

Myron Levin is editor of FairWarning.

A man operating a table saw in a woodworking shop. (iStockphoto) FairWarining Reports

Power Tool Makers Accused in Lawsuit of Thwarting Adoption of Finger-Saving Device

Leading power tool manufacturers have conspired for years to thwart adoption of a safety device that could prevent thousands of finger amputations and other disfiguring injuries in table saw accidents, according to a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by the developer of the safety technology. Using a hot dog as a proxy for a finger, SawStop […]

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

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.

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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.

Cigarette vendor in Indonesia. (iStockphoto)

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.

Stephen Gass, inventor of SawStop, amid rows of patents.

After More Than a Decade and Thousands of Disfiguring Injuries, Power Tool Industry Still Resisting Safety Fix

Every year, thousands of U.S. workers and do-it-yourselfers suffer disfiguring, life-changing injuries from the whirring blades of table saws, though technology exists that could virtually eliminate this.

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Billboard Industry Touts Discredited Research to Support Safety Claims for Electronic Signs

The debate over whether electronic billboards raise the risk of highway crashes has taken an unusual turn with publication of a new Swedish study.

Lila Stephens was 11 months old when she suffered 3rd degree burns to her hands from touching the unprotected glass of a fireplace at a resort in Wisconsin. FairWarining Reports

Bowing to Pressure, Fireplace Makers Will Provide Protective Screens to Prevent Severe Burns to Toddlers

Many toddlers have suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns from touching the unprotected glass of gas fireplaces, which get hot enough to melt skin. To prevent these injuries—and stave off lawsuits and federal regulation–fireplace makers have agreed to provide protective screens as a standard feature of new gas fireplaces.

Pack of Marlboro Menthol  in Australia. As of December 1, all cigarettes must be sold in plain packaging with graphic warnings covering 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of the pack. (Canadian Cancer Society)

As Nations Try to Snuff Out Smoking, Cigarette Makers Use Trade Treaties to Fire Up Legal Challenges

As countries around the world ramp up their campaigns against smoking with tough marketing restrictions, the tobacco industry is fighting back by invoking international trade agreements to thwart the most stringent rules. The resulting battles raise broader concerns about trade provisions that enable foreign companies to challenge national health, labor and environmental standards.