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February 24th, 2010:

Medical journal bars tobacco-backed research papers

no tobacco sponsorship

First published: February 23, 2010

Source: Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A leading scientific journal will no longer publish research papers that receive any funding from tobacco companies, its editorial board said on Tuesday.

“While we continue to be interested in analyses of ways of reducing tobacco use, we will no longer be considering papers where support, in whole or in part, for the study or the researchers come from a tobacco company,” the PLoS Medicine (Public Library of Science) said in an editorial.

The magazine expressed concern at “the industry’s longstanding attempts to distort the science of and deflect attention away from the harmful effects of smoking.

“That the tobacco industry has behaved disreputably – denying the harms of its products, campaigning against smoking bans, marketing to young people and hiring public relations firms, consultants and front groups to enhance the public credibility of their work — is well documented.”

Its new policy would be effective immediately.

PLoS Medicine is a well regarded journal covering the full spectrum of the medical sciences and belongs to the U.S.-based, non-profit organization Public Library of Science.

According to the Tobacco Atlas produced by the World Lung Foundation and American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 6 million tobacco-related deaths in 2010 worldwide, rising to 7 million in 2020.


Explosive quotes from the “tobacco wars”


Source: various; links in text

— Narrated by Walter Cronkite, three-part mini-series makes its North American premiere October 21-22, 1999 —

“It has been a shameful track record. I think it’s been one of deception, cover-up, misleading, intentionally misleading the public. And all in the name of profit.”
— Joseph Bumgarner
Former biochemist, RJ Reynolds Tobacco

“There’s no question what the objective of the other side of this debate is … trying to do. Their objective is to put us out of business.”
— Charles Blixt
Vice President and General Counsel,
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co.

“These are adults. They’ve made a choice and they want to smoke — increasingly, actually. You know, you see people, they just want to smoke.”
— Bob Bexon
Marketing Director, Brown & Williamson Tobacco


TPLP reaction to petitions to US Supreme Court in Govt.’s racketeering case vs. tobacco companies

philip-morris-racketeeringFirst published: February 19, 2010

Source: Northeastern University


February 19, 2010

Contact: Edward L. Sweda, Jr. or Mark Gottlieb
(617) 373-8462 or (617) 373-2026  media @

All Parties Seek Supreme Court Review of Racketeering Trial:  US v. Philip Morris
Review could open door for substantial remedies that would help smokers to quit protect kids from starting –
and could force the cigarette companies to pay hundreds of billions of dollars

Today the Solicitor General of the United States filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States seeking review of a 2-1 pre-trial ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  That ruling strictly limited the remedies available to the district court judge when she found that the cigarette industry engaged in racketeering in 2006.  The Petitioners largely agree with the dissent in that decision that would permit the District Court more leeway in fashioning an appropriate set of remedies.

The pre-trial ruling for which the United States seeks review rejected the proposed remedy under the civil provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) seeking forfeiture of the cigarette industry’s ill-gotten gains flowing from sales to children.  It also limited other potential remedies that often available to the judiciary unless they were clearly “forward looking” and carefully tailored to prevent future RICO violations.


Holograms Can Defeat Global Counterfeiting Epidemic and Rescue Middle Eastern Governments from Financial Challenges


First published: February 22, 2010

Source: Al Bawaba

As the world continues to grapple with economic challenges, a new method of securing cigarette tax stamps from counterfeiting and falsification could save nations in the Middle East and globally from revenue losses totalling more than $50 billion (US) annually. New specialized holograms used as a foundation of the comprehensive enforcement solution from the EDAPS Consortium, may cut off funds supporting organized crime and terrorism, two consistent beneficiaries of the world’s near trillion dollar counterfeit and piracy plague.

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has determined the estimated 600 billion counterfeited and smuggled cigarettes crossing national borders annually represents $50 billion (US) in lost revenue affecting nations throughout the world.


Smuggling linchpin convicted but no one in Ireland charged

smuggled tobacco

First published: February 22, 2010

Source: Irish Times

THE SMOKE SMUGGLERS: It’s not every day that someone admits to defrauding the Irish exchequer by more than €1.5m, but this isn’t what makes the case of Roman Vidal unique, writes PAUL CULLEN

EARLIER THIS month, a 57-year-old businessman was convicted of involvement in a massive smuggling operation that was uncovered when 7.3 million cigarettes were seized in Dublin Port in January 2006.

But the court in which Roman Vidal received a two-year sentence was not in Dublin or any other Irish city. Instead, he was convicted by magistrates near his home in Miami, Florida, and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution.

Vidal was the linchpin in a vast smuggling network that spanned three continents and saw cigarettes sourced in the Canaries, shipped to Panama and then transported back to Europe via Miami. His case reveals the extent of cigarette smuggling and the depth of involvement in the trade by criminal gangs here.