November 13, 2017

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Resources to Quit Smoking

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and we are taking the opportunity to share a series of blog posts with useful information on this deadly disease. In a previous post, we discussed who has a higher risk of developing lung cancer, and heavy smokers are at the top of the list. If you are a [...]
June 14, 2017

Men’s Health Week: If You Were Exposed to Asbestos, Stop Smoking

In our second post for Men’s Health Week 2017, it is appropriate to issue a warning to our readers of the danger of smoking if you may ever have been exposed to airborne asbestos at work or in another setting. Studies have been clear that, while asbestos exposure or smoking tobacco each separately increases the [...]
May 10, 2016

E-Cigarettes to be Regulated by the FDA

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently extended its authority to regulate all products that meet the definition of a tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have come under scrutiny after numerous cases of nicotine poisoning in children and several incidents of the devices exploding spontaneously. The products were not subject to FDA regulation [...]
May 2, 2016

No Such Thing as a “Safe Cigarette”

Despite an estimated 480,000 deaths per year due to smoking tobacco products, tobacco companies have marketed their products as safe and healthy for decades. After an undeniable link between smoking and cancer was made public in the 1960s, companies released “light” and “low tar” cigarettes, claiming they were less harmful to smokers’ health. Today, they [...]
March 31, 2014

Spreading Lung Cancer Awareness in 2014

by Brayton Purcell LLPMar 31, 2014TobaccoDo you fight to breathe the air around you? Everyday, there are individuals who battle to breathe the air around them. Whether they are fighting heavy pollution, second-hand smoke, or cancer that restricts their lung movement, these warriors work hard for the oxygen they need.Did you recently take part in an [...]
December 13, 2013

Partner Post: Chicago Mayor Introduces E-Cigarette Legislation

by Brayton Purcell LLP | Dec 13, 2013 | Tobacco | Chicago Mayor Accepts Award for Cigarette Regulation LegislationWritten by James P. Nevin Chicago Mayor Rahn Emanuel accepted an award from an Oakland, California based anti-tobacco group for his cigarette regulation efforts.The mayor recently attempted to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited and block sales to [...]
June 22, 2011

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Racketeering Case Against Big Tobacco

Earlier this month, Judge Gladys Kessler refused to vacate her 2006 ruling finding that Philip Morris and other tobacco companies were guilty of racketeering. Her newest ruling effectively blocks, for the present, tobacco’s attempt to get out from under Justice Department supervision of their marketing activities. Judge Kessler’s original ruling in 2006 found Altria Group [...]
March 18, 2011

California Supreme Court Justices Decide Fate of Smokers’ Lawsuits

Tobacco Companies Suggest Smokers See Into the Future to Preserve Their Statute of Limitations Twenty years ago Nikki Pooshs developed periodontal disease and COPD related to smoking. At the time, she decided to live with both of these conditions rather than pursue a remedy in the courts. According to Phillip Morris, now that she has [...]
November 21, 2010

New Graphic Warning Labels Showcase Tobacco Dangers

FDA Seeking Public Comment on Updates to Required Warning November 16, 2010 — Images of diseased lungs, corpses and addictive behaviors along with warnings like “Smoking can kill you” are among the example warning labels the FDA may require for cigarette packages and advertising. A by-product of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, [...]
September 24, 2010

Expanded Medicare Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Affordable Care Act Opens Door for Preventative Care Services September 24, 2010 — Smoking and tobacco-related diseases are the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. Diseases from smoking account for over 400,000 annual deaths in the US and consume an estimated 10% of Medicare’s annual budget. Yet Medicare only covered cessation [...]