-- & LINKS
to pages in this and other web sites
topics & web sites are
listed below with links to pages in this and other web sites,
Virginia -- see lists immediately
***General information about Virginia GASP®
***Virginia -- History of getting a
no-smoking law in Virginia
***Virginia -- the
current no-smoking law
-- recent and past information,
including the list of money given by BIG TOBACCO
help elect the new Governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell (election,
$376,636 from Big
of that from Altria, Philip Morris, PMI, including $30,000 from
the Opportunity Virginia PAC of McDonnell.
excerpts of articles on the restaurant/bar law in Virginia
only surviving bill is NOW IN EFFECT -- passage of no-smoking in
restaurants, bars effective Dec. 1, 2009
by Governor Timothy Kaine on Monday, March 9, 2009, 2:00 pm EDT
Entries, articles on the amendment banning smoking in restaurants
legislation and Excerpted News reports and Editorials,
Letters to the Editor
(Reduced Ignition Propensity)
reports including Kentucky lawsuit
USA -- History
***Norfolk, VA City
in October, 2007 supported no-smoking in all city restaurants 7-1, but
of March 25th has rejected that; in April 2008 they considered tobacco
legislation, following the lead of state Delegate Terrie Suit who led
charge to defeat 12 state no-smoking bills in February at the state
***Norfolk, VA September 29, 2008 -- at a
retreat will reconsider idea of having restaurants that allow smoking
to post a "Smoking Permitted" sign.
***Terrie Suit announced in late summer, 2008, that she would exchange
her House of Delegates job in mid-stream for a lobbyist's hat.
The state held an expensive special election to fill her
Chairwoman Terrie Suit, and their six little
dictators in subcommittee: Thomas Gear, David Albo, Thomas Wright,
John Cosgrove, Watkins Abbitt, Danny Bowling. All
"orders" from the Republican leadership to fall in line or
else. There were 12 no-smoking
bills (8 in the House, 4 in the Senate) -- sponsored both by
Republicans and Democrats, and with wide bi-partisan support in the
A Letter to the Editor, Virginia Beach
Beacon, April, writer, Hilton Oliver, begins:
In a democracy, voters
right to be furious when elected representatives place their personal
ambitions ahead of their constituents. Such is the case with
Terrie L. Suit, who is personally responsible for killing all of the
bills last session which would have banned smoking in restaurants and
other public places. Surveys have shown that seventy-five to
percent of her constituents support such a ban.
Morris apparently using other
groups to help defeat health care reform nationally
Entries of General News
on secondhand smoke
on Virginia Legislation
Review of 2007 Entries
Some smoke-free Restaurants, Apartments,
The Difference one person can make
K. Heinz Ginzel on secondhand smoke, tobacco, and related subjects
Some 100 Million Deaths -- What's
Philip Morris stand on continuing to make addictive and lethal products
links are given on the Resources page.
beloved memory of John Slade, 1949-2002
you, and be at peace, beloved, gentle warrior, John Slade.
and compassionately, to provide smoke-free air for everyone to breathe,
to help addicted persons to free themselves of the addiction, and to
prevent the tyranny of the tobacco industry from smothering us all.
December 2010, Press Release on Report
from the US Surgeon General
linked to tuberculosis; Virginia musicians suffer from cancer brought
on by secondhand smoke where they performed. Waitresses
died from secondhand smoke where they worked.
can increase the chances of stroke and other life threatening
conditions including fatal asthma attacks, causes immediate impacts on
health, lowers test scores,
kills via several types of cancers, respiratory diseases, and
This fact sheet also gives
information on the tobacco industry's efforts
evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to
secondhand smoke." The Health Consequences of Involuntary
Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General,
Chemicals in smoke
Campaign features chemicals in secondhand smoke
researcher, Fact Sheet
from that fact sheet:
Breathing secondhand-smoke causes morbidity
and mortality from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease, as
as acute sensory irritation. It causes the premature death of hundreds
of thousands of nonsmokers worldwide. Smoke-free buildings are the only
remedy. Secondhand smoke cannot be controlled by ventilation, air
cleaning, or spatial separation of smokers from nonsmokers.
A unanimous decision
by the California Air
Resources Board listed secondhand
smoke as a toxic air contaminant, January,
most significant new finding is that young women exposed to
secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing breast cancer between 68% and 120%. Breast cancer
kills about 40,000
women in the United States each year. You may access the report
New findings in this report, Part B,
Part A of the report
the first ever outdoor monitoring of secondhand smoke exposure near
designated smoking areas in California.
The report has
extensive, four-year scientific review process, including public
comment and independent peer review.
cancer again linked to secondhand smoke.
the Loose, and other valuable information, search the files at http://repositories.cdlib.org/ctcre/
smoke case -- settled favorable to the plaintiff, January 19, 2006
shortly before it was due to go to trial, and 10 years after Larry
Ray Thaxton had filed the case. A life-long non-smoker,
of lung cancer at the age of 40, and his widow continued the case.
either 100% no-smoking, or
with few exceptions smoke-free including
restaurants and bars:
Bhutan, Demark, England, France,
Norhern Ireland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, New
Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Tasmania,
Uganda, Uruguay, Wales
Parts of: Australia, Germany
Under consideration: Czech Republic, Turkey
-- Provinces and Territories
that are smoke-free:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba,
New Brunswick, North West Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario;
Quebec considering this.
Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,
Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho,
Louisiana, Maine, Maryland (Feb.1 all workplaces), Massachusetts,
Montana , Nevada, New
Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Utah,
Vermont, Virginia, Washington
Additionally: Washington, D.C.;
Guam, Puerto Rico
Law Project in Michigan addresses the problems of secondhand smoke
seeping from one apartment or condominium into another one. This
presents problems for immediate and long range health, as well as the
hazard of fire, and also the fact that if smoke can seep into your
apartment, so can other toxic fumes.
Attempts to pass smoke-free restaurant legislation in
-- passage of no-smoking in restaurants and bars effective Dec. 1, 2009
Morris lobbied against the Virginia legislation
promises not to do this
North Carolina, 2007, RJ. Reynolds lobbied
against NC legislation
on Smoking and Health (USA)
-- Does the tobacco industry promote smoking in movies & tv in
to "normalize" smoking around other people?
- An April
study, British Medical Journal,
among young people.
- The death
Reeve, widow of Christopher
Reeve, saddened the world. A lung cancer victim, she was
likely also a victim of the secondhand smoke in the nightclubs and
venues where she sang. We still have a long
way to go to make it safe to breathe in public places, including the
workplace. Witness the objections raised over the world by the
tobacco cartel and their supporters whenever people wish to make
casinos, nightclubs, bingo halls, and other workplaces
no-smoking. How much is one life worth?
- In a
March 2006 study reported in The American
Journal of Medicine, the authors noted that aluminum
in tobacco and cannabis smoke, whether actively (drawn) or passively
inhaled, was shown to accumulate significantly in surrogate lung
fluids, thus demonstrating its potential biological
and passive smoking of tobacco or cannabis will increase the body
burden of aluminum and thereby contribute to respiratory, neurological
and other smoking-related disease. Other poisons
are discussed in this web site.
- The World
Health Organization's (WHO)
Framework Convention on
Tobacco Control became effective Sunday, 27th February, 2005.
See their web site for more information on tobacco vs. health and other
- The World
Health Organization issued a report on secondhand smoke,
Smoke Lawsuits continue -- Flight
Attendant lawsuits against the
tobacco cartel to continue; court ruling in late 2005 opened the way.
for the Tobacco Products Liability Project at
Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. "Many of these
were on hold," he said, "waiting for a definitive ruling one way or the
other on the question of whether the 1997 settlement had a provision,
as the plaintiffs were claiming, that the companies agreed to the fact
that secondhand smoke causes a variety of diseases."
Lawsuit settled favorable to plaintiff one
week before trial date. Larry Ray
Thaxton died at age 40, his wife continued suit begun in 1996.
For current information on these
suits, please see the Public Health Advocacy Institute of Northeastern
FIRES - Don't
2008 Legislation in Virginia
requires cigarettes to be RIP -- Reduced Ignition Propensity,
BUT allows Philip Morris, who wrote the bills apparently, to sell
continually burning cigarettes to North Carolina and other states
without such RIP laws, and to ANY NATION without such laws.
references on cigarette fires; articles
has joined New York, California, Vermont, Illinois, New Hampshire, and several other
states in requiring only
Reduced Ignition Propensity (RIP) or self-extinguishing
cigarettes to be sold, ones
which extinguish themselves
when left unattended.
A fire on a
cruise ship could have been prevented if the tobacco industry
produced only self-extinguishing cigarettes.
Reynolds American (formerly RJR) -- Schindler's
vacation home was destroyed, and other nearby homes damaged, due to a
fire, costing $1 million. This could have been avoided first of
if he had made his home and the outside area a NO SMOKING zone, and
if the tobacco industry made cigarettes that self-extinguish.
See also, shareholder resolutions on this topic at the Philip Morris, Altria, 2005 meeting, and the Reynolds American 2005 meeting, which
the companies opposed, and a question on this at the 2007
Reynolds American meeting.
For up to date information,
please see The Tobacco Product Liability Project.
For background information, also
see 2010-2011 Newest Entries ,
see Newest Entries for 2009
and Newest Entries
2009, 2008 ,
Patricia Henley and others,
as well as the cases related to the Engle class action suit in Florida.
Evans v. Lorillard, 2010
The $152 million
award in Evans v. Lorillard is nearly 10 times larger
than 2009’s top verdict of $15.7 million in a patent case. The historic
win against the third-largest cigarette maker in the nation came after
thousands of working hours and late nights at the attorneys’ downtown
Boston law firm. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, January 20,
Product Liability Project
December 8, 2010
Gustafson has just
finished up a huge and historic wrongful death suit against R.J.
Reynolds. A Florida jury awarded $8 million in compensatory
another $72 million in punitive damages to Diane Webb, whose father,
James Cayce Horner, smoked up to two packages of cigarettes a day until
he died of lung cancer.
November 20, 2009
Florida jury says Philip Morris must
pay $300 million
for addicting ex-smoker who has severe respiratory problems from
editor's note: It would seem that the least Philip Morris
could do is to pay immediately for the lung
transplant and all associated medical costs of the woman who is
suffering from being addicted to and smoking Philip Morris
products. She may not live through the appeals.
October 19, 2009
Massachusetts' high court today
rewrote state law and ruled that cigarette maker Philip Morris may have
to pay for diagnostic chest exams so smokers can get early warning they
have developed lung cancer. ...
Justice Francis X. Spina of the Massachusetts Supreme
Judicial Court in allowing a 2006 lawsuit filed against Philip Morris
to move forward, noted,
must adapt to the growing
recognition that exposure to toxic substances and radiation may cause
substantial injury which should be compensable even if the full effects
are not immediately apparent."
March 16, 2009: Light
cigarette case -- Aspinall, et. al. v. Philip Morris, et al.
Comments by Edward L. Sweda, Jr., Senior Attorney, Tobacco Products
Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provides a
green light for the plaintiffs who are suing Philip Morris for its
light cigarette scam. The
consumer protection lawsuit, Aspinall, et
al. v. Philip Morris, et al., can proceed toward trial after the
company’s summary judgment motion was denied. Following
2008 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that a similar light cigarette
lawsuit from Maine was not pre-empted by the Federal Cigarette Labeling
and Advertising Act, the SJC was left to consider the argument by
Philip Morris that, because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had
allegedly permitted the use of the descriptors “light” and “low-tar,”
the lawsuit should be dismissed. Philip Morris had argued that
conduct had been “permitted” by the FTC and, thus, was exempted
pursuant to Mass. General Laws chapter 93A, section 3.
Trial, Spin Offs from
Engle, Bond Cap
The SJC firmly rejected Philip Morris’
argument, ruling that the “defendants have failed to meet their burden
of showing that they were given affirmative permission to use the
descriptors at issue here and therefore the statutory exemption
I am delighted that we are closer to
the day here in Massachusetts when Philip Morris will be held
accountable at trial here for its reprehensible misconduct regarding
its light cigarette scam.
Florida jury says Philip Morris must
pay $300 million
for addicting ex-smoker who has severe respiratory problems from
A Vector Group unit (Chesterfield cigarettes) must pay
about $700,000 to the family of a retired trucking company supervisor
who died of lung cancer after smoking for 55 years, a Florida jury
A Floria Republican Senator has introduced a bill to place a $100
million appeals-bond cap on all collective lawsuits filed against all
tobacco companies -- making what opponents call a free gift to tobacco
A Florida jury in Fort Lauderdale decided in favor of
widow of Stuart Hess, and against Philip Morris USA. Hess died of
lung cancer in 1997, aged 55, having smoked 40 years, addicted to
cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris. PMUSA is appealing this
verdict, in the first of potentially thousands of cases to go to trial
Judge David Miller ruled
that the Rosenblatts
should receive $218 million
for their work over several years in fighting for sick smokers against
the tobacco industry.
Earlier update, October
handed down from the United States Supreme Court, rejecting tobacco
industry pleas to "prevent smokers in potentially thousands of Florida
lawsuits from taking advantage of jury findings against the industry."
2006, Decision from Florida Supreme Court
Cap Protection background
Philip Morris lost bid to have Lights cigarette lawsuit filed in federal,
rather than state court, June 11, 2007.
Philip Morris! March 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an
appeal by Philip Morris, and had to pay more than $16 million to
Patricia Henley, who has lung cancer, and planned to give much of the
money to help children not smoke, and to help those children with
"This is a good day for the children,"
said [Patricia] Henley, who had long
complained that her case would never end. "This is punishment money
the tobacco industry, but it needs to be turned into money that's going
Richard and Judy Boeken
defeated Philip Morris! On March 20, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court
refused to consider the appeal of Philip Morris to overturn the
decision against them. In July, 2007, the son, Dylan, won against
Philip Morris which sought a trial on all issues. The judge,
David L. Minning, noted, "This court concludes that (Philip Morris) has
not demonstrated that relitigation of issues, other than issues of
causation and damages, is appropriate in this case." The court
case of Dylan Boeken is scheduled for January 7, 2008.
Williams defeated Philip Morris -- Oregon
2008, The case was sent by the U.S. Supreme Court back to the
Oregon Supreme Court , which upheld the jury's original punitive
damages decision of $79.5 million against Philip Morris, and noted the
lower court judge was correct in not issuing the jury instruction in
question due to Oregon law, etc.
expressing contempt for the lethal business practices of
Philip Morris, the Oregon Supreme Court today [February 2, 2006]
affirmed an appeals court ruling restoring a 1999 punitive damages
award of $79.5 million in the lung cancer wrongful death trial of Jesse
defeated Philip Morris! On April 21, 2006 the Court of Appeal of
the State of California upheld a $28 million punitive damages award in
the case of Betty Bullock v. Philip Morris U.S.A., Inc., concluding "that
and also held that "the extreme reprehensibility of
Philip Morris's conduct justifies a ratio of punitive damages to
compensatory damages significantly greater than a single-digit."
and her husband defeated Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds!
October 15, 2009, a victory for the Whiteley family
in their long battle for justice. The Appeals Court upheld a
California jury's multi-million dollar verdict against R.J. Reynolds
and Philip Morris.
Tobacco linked with terrorism
The World Health
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control became effective Sunday,
For futher information on this and hazards of
tobacco, please see their web
sites, also see Further Resources
to Kill, Inc. --
Young adults face evil with truth
Landers, former model for
Winston cigarettes -- see what he has to say now,
Education Awareness, Inc.,
a non-profit organization based in Iowa,
USA, working to keep kids from ever starting to use tobacco products,
and to understand the harm that tobacco, and tobacco smoke, can do.
Network of Women against Tobacco, INWAT, electronic
British Medical Association's
Tobacco Control Resource Centre, http://www.doctorsandtobacco.org/
Commentary on the hazards
of tobacco, and the western
nations permitting their tobacco companies to push their products on
the rest of the world:
Excerpt from the Postgraduate
article entitled: Tobacco
Chaturvedi, Department of Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel,
consumption in parts of the west, are now targeting Asian
and eastern European markets intensively. This part of the
world is fast approaching a "tobacco holocaust".
homicide, suicide, motor vehicle crashes, and fires
combined. It has already killed 70 million people since
1950. Annual global tobacco related deaths are about 3
million (one third in developing nations) and is expected
to rise to more than 10 million by the 2020s. By
2030, 70% of all deaths due to tobacco will occur in developing nations
for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
List of United States federal
agencies, and state by state organizations on health vs. tobacco at The
Center for Tobacco Policy Research (CTPR) at Saint Louis
University School of Public Health
Issues of Tobacco Control,
In their own words -- tobacco executives
justify selling and
advertising addictive and lethal products that kill consumers and
bystanders. Also review the reports on shareholder meetings.
Industry "Secret" Documents
Tobacco Documents Library at the University of California, San
contains more than 36 million pages of tobacco industry documents. The
digital library was opened to the public on January 31, 2002, and is a
available online resource.
Visit the LTDL at
fined for deleting e-mails
The Face of Evil
The 2008 meeting was held
Wednesday, May 28th, in Richmond, Virginia, Ballroom of the Richmond
Convention Center. No
smoking in the meeting.
2007, New Jersey
all opposed by Philip Morris/Altria, included ones on informing
children of their rights to seek legal relief from secondhand smoke,
getting out of the tobacco business by 2010, and campaigns to stop
youth from using tobacco products.
Resolutions, all opposed by
Morris/Altria, included ones on fire-safe cigarettes, medical
code on secondhand smoke which PM secretly worked to eliminate, and
2004, New Jersey
April, 2004 meeting
Philip Morris, April
2001, Richmond, VA
in support of these Proposals
Reports 2001 PM meeting
to Philip Morris from GASP requesting
The 2011 meeting, May 6,
again at the headquarters', and No Smoking in the meeting.
The two resolutions presented and the
opposing statements of Reynolds are given on the linked page.
meeting was held Tuesday, May 6, Reynolds Plaza Building
No smoking in the meeting.
The text of the three Health resolutions
presented at the
2008 meeting, and the opposing statements of Reynolds are given at the
linked web page.
-- Human Rights Protocols for
the Company and its Suppliers
Endorsement of Health Care Principles
Two Cigarette Approach to Marketing
11, 2007, Winston-Salem,
North Carolina, Questions posed to the CEO
May 2005, North Carolina
Shareholders' Meetings, Held in April, 2001
April 25th, Winston-Salem, NC
While there were no
vs. health in 2001,
several people did come to
ask serious questions
management, on smuggling,
the "Frank Statement"
Reynolds 2000 shareholders' meeting
1996 - RJR
about Virginia GASP
law - Indoor Clean Air Act,
2008 legislative events and news coverage
Recent history -- 2007
and earlier legislative history
law - on tobacco sales and gifts to youth
past actions to protect tobacco companies
Virginia author, Roman Richards, has released an
eBook on smoking cessation, May 2007
History -- VIRGINIA
-- TAX & PM Tax Break --
been rewarded with a $6 million tax break to export death to the
The deal ends in 2016, giving Philip Morris lots of time to make money,
addict, and kill.
Roanoke Times (Virginia), August 2, 2001, Letter to the
The hypocrisy of Big Tobacco's
written by Dr. David O. Lewis, Chairman, Health
Group of Southside Virginia
$1,000 to my church or some other worthy cause and then paid $2,000 for
newspaper and television ads to advertise this fact. Most people would
consider this to be a rather hypocritical act.
In an attempt
change their image, this is exactly what the major tobacco
are doing with their barrage of media ads touting their largess to
organizations. They are spending more on the ads than they are
to the causes.
One of their
ads concerning battered women ends with the phrase, "After all, no one
has the right to hurt you." Give me a break. Apparently, Big
has convinced itself that giving people cancer, heart disease and
and causing infants to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is not
over School that permitted smoking
Updated 7 March 2013