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World Health Organization calls for strong regulation of electronic cigarettes
August 27, 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday called for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states that a great deal of un....... [more]

Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Thailand court approves graphic warnings on cigarette packages
June 28, 2014
The Supreme Administrative Court of Thailand on Thursday approved a new regulation requiring packs of cigarettes sold in the Southeast Asian country to be 85 percent covered with graphic health warnings. The new graphic health warnings have 10 variations, including messages such as "smoking causes l....... [more]

EU parliament votes to approve smoking regulations
February 27, 2014
The EU Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve an anti-tobacco law that requires cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets from 30 percent to 65 percent of the surface of the package. The law also regulates electronic cigarettes for the first time. Electronic cigarettes wi....... [more]

US Supreme Court declines to hear gun rights cases
February 24, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear rule on three new petitions that address the scope of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Supreme Court denied the petitions, two of which were filed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), without opinion. In NRA v. Alcohol Tobacco and Fi....... [more]

Michigan governor includes Detroit pension bailout in budget
February 6, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled a new state budget on Wednesday that would allocate state funds to be used to cover Detroit workers' pensions, currently the subject of controversy in the city's bankruptcy proceeding. The plan sets aside $17.5 million annually for 20 years from funds the state....... [more]

New York City bans tobacco sales to those under 21
November 19, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a piece of legislation on Tuesday that makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to individuals under the age of 21. The legislation, passed by the New York City Council, is intended to decrease smoking rates in New York City. Bloomberg claimed this measure "i....... [more]

History of Prohibition and Criminalization
November 1, 2013
The historical roots of cannabis vary widely and run parallel to the development of the Silk Road. Accordingly, the plant was first used by the Chinese empires, followed by the Persian empire, and then introduced to western Europe around the 16th century, appearing as an herbal medicine in botany te....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on affirmative action, suing foreign corporations
October 15, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases Tuesday, including an affirmative action case and a case on suing foreign corporations in US courts. In Daimler AG v. Bauman the court heard arguments on "whether it violates due process for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction ov....... [more]

European lawmakers approve new regulations on smoking
October 8, 2013
EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved sweeping new regulations to curb smoking, including limits on electronic cigarettes, bigger warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol, or any flavored cigarettes which could be considered "gimmicks." An EU press release outlined the changes, which include grap....... [more]

FBI use of unmanned drones revealed
September 27, 2013
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday released an interim report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report details that currently the FBI is the only DOJ component to have used UAS to support its mission. However, other DOJ components....... [more]




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