Myron Levin

Myron Levin is editor of FairWarning.

Packs of Marlboro, the most popular cigarette brand, and images of how the pack would have looked with two  of the graphic warning labels ordered by the FDA in June, 2011. In a 2009 law, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, Congress directed the FDA to create graphic warnings covering 50 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs to replace the text warnings on the side of the pack that have been unchanged since the 1980s. But a group of tobacco companies, led by cigarette makers R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard, sued the FDA, contending the labeling rule violated their 1st Amendment Rights.  (Note, Marlboro maker Philip Morris USA did not join the lawsuit)  U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon agreed with the companies, and his order rejecting the labeling rule was later upheld on appeal. FDA officials say they are working on a new set of warnings. (photos by David LaFontaine).

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 […]

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Federal Wage Investigation Snags Another Major League Baseball Team, the Oakland A’s

A third Major League Baseball team—the Oakland Athletics—has agreed to pay back wages and damages to a group of current and former employees to resolve government claims that they had been illegally underpaid. In a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Athletics agreed to pay $266,358 to 86 employees. Among them were clubhouse […]

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.