Policies or Regulation


• Government and tobacco industry lawyers present oral argument to the Supreme Court over whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can regulate tobacco as a drug and crack down on cigarette sales to minors


• National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences publishes ninth report on Carcinogens including ETS as one of the known human carcinogens

• Surgeon General’s Report, Reducing Tobacco Use, published


• Phillip Morris introduces cigarettes with “safer” paper

• Star Tobacco—new cigarettes produced in Virginia and Kentucky with low-nitrosamine tobacco, but without health claims


• Tobacco farmers sue cigarette makers for $69 billion, claiming they conspired to undo the federal system that regulates tobacco prices

• Supreme Court rules, 5–4, that FDA lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug

• New York state imposes fire-safety standards on cigarettes

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