New York City Wins Big Over Big Tobacco

NYC Legal Win Over Big TobaccoThis is an old article but I wanted to make sure I got it posted as it talks about how Big Tobacco isn’t always winning the day.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Griesa concluded that New York City did not overstep its powers by putting restrictions on price cuts in place. The federal suit brought by Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, and Lorillard, claimed, “A city ban on the redemption of coupons, multipack discounts on smokes and other measures violated their First Amendment rights and ran afoul of tax law.”

Executive Director of the non-profit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said, “Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people and costing at least $289 billion in health care bills and economic losses each year. We applaud New York City’s leaders for taking bold action to stop tobacco companies from preying on kids and for standing strong against the industry’s legal attacks.”

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