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EPA on the brink of 'regulatory capture'?: By avoiding input from career employees, promoting the views of industry leaders and proposing aggressive cuts to the agency's budget and staff, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has dramatically changed the agency, researchers with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative have found. The [...]

Consumer Protection

Tired of Waiting for the Feds, Local Groups Target Menthol Cigarettes

In recent months, cities ranging from Oakland and Los Gatos, Calif., to Minneapolis and St. Paul have passed laws limiting the availability of menthol cigarettes, which health advocates say have a particular appeal to beginning smokers.

Consumer Protection

After a Long Holdout, Tobacco Companies to Issue Mea Culpas

Tobacco giants will launch a court-ordered national advertising campaign to end a massive fraud and racketeering case that the federal government brought against the industry nearly two decades ago. The ads will be “corrective statements” to rectify what the trial judge called “false, deceptive, and misleading public statements about cigarettes and smoking.”

Oldies but Goodies

Battling Menthol Restrictions, R.J. Reynolds Reaches Out to Sharpton, Other Black Leaders

Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, the top seller of the menthol cigarettes favored by most black smokers, is seizing on the hot button issue of police harassment of blacks to counter efforts by public health advocates to restrict menthol sales.

Consumer Protection

They’re Everywhere!

Exponent, Inc. isn't a household name, but it is a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems.

Consumer Protection

Racial Politics Flavor Debate Over Banning Menthol Cigarettes

Lorillard Tobacco gave campaign cash to half of all black members of Congress, as opposed to just one in 38 non-black Democrats, according to an analysis by FairWarning.

Consumer Protection

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

Millions of smokers who were easiest to reach with anti-smoking messages have kicked the habit, leaving what authorities describe as a harder core of smokers with less ability or desire to quit.

Consumer Protection

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.” Now, members of two Food and Drug Administration advisory panels rejected a bid by the pharmaceutical giant that sells Chantix, Pfizer Inc., to remove the so-called black box warning—the government’s strongest alert.

Consumer Protection

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

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 less appealing to consumers–and less accessible to kids.

Consumer Protection

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.