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1. CVS Caremark Plans to Stop Tobacco Products Sales -

CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider.

The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that will help grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to improve customers' health.

2. Class-Action Status OK'd in Marlboro Lights Suit -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge in Arkansas has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims Philip Morris USA deliberately exaggerated the safety of its Marlboro Lights cigarettes.

3. Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of Landmark Tobacco Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal of a Florida lawsuit making it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against tobacco companies.

The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and Liggett Group LLC. They wanted the court to consider overturning a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.

4. Critics Revive Past Promises to Knock Obama Budget -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.

5. Judge Deciding if Stores Must Post Tobacco Apology -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge will soon decide whether your next tank of gas or bottle of soda comes with a free apology from the Marlboro man and Joe Camel.

A recent ruling ordering a multimedia blitz stating that the nation's largest tobacco companies lied about the dangers of smoking left open the possibility that retailers could be required to post large displays with the mea culpas.

6. Federal Review of Tobacco Products Grinds to a Halt -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Talk about a smoke break.

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.

7. Big Tobacco Says Corrective Statements Go Too Far -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tobacco companies are urging a federal judge to reject the government's proposed industry-financed corrective statements, calling them "forced public confessions."

The Justice Department countered that the statements need to be strong enough to protect people from future false statements made by cigarette makers. The statements include admissions that the companies lied about the dangers of smoking.

8. Court Leaves Ruling Against Big Tobacco Intact -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court on Friday left intact a court judgment that ordered tobacco companies to do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking.

The companies sought to overturn a federal judge's order on grounds that the order had been superceded by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.

9. CDC Launching Graphic Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign -

ATLANTA (AP) – In a graphic new ad campaign announced Thursday, the government is trying to shock smokers into quitting with the sometimes-gruesome stories of people damaged by tobacco products.

10. Tobacco Firms Want Federal Court Decision Delayed -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – America's largest cigarette makers said Tuesday that the federal judge presiding over a decade-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry should delay her decision while other cases challenging new tobacco regulations are decided. The Justice Department, however, argued the case should move forward expeditiously.

11. Feds Say Drop in Cash Spent on Cigarette Promotion -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The nation's top tobacco companies are spending less money on cigarette advertising and promotion and more money on promoting smokeless tobacco products, according to the latest data from the Federal Trade Commission.

12. Grisly Labels Not so Scary for Cigarette Sales -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The nation's top tobacco companies' sales aren't expected to go up in smoke despite new grisly warning labels that are set to appear on U.S. cigarettes packs next year.

13. Government in New Dispute with Tobacco Companies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is in a new dispute with the tobacco industry over the government's landmark lawsuit against the companies.

The government has prepared corrective statements it wants the companies to be forced to make about the health hazards from smoking. But the tobacco companies don't want those proposed statements put in the public record before they get a chance to review them.

14. Big Tobacco Cutting Contracts with US Farmers -

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) - After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn't needed this year.

15. Both Sides Take Tobacco Fight to Supreme Court -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of deception that "has cost the lives and damaged the health of untold millions of Americans."

16. What's In a Cigarette? FDA to Study Ingredients -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products.

In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients.

17. House Set to Send FDA Tobacco Bill to Obama -

WASHINGTON (AP) - After more than a decade of efforts by smoking opponents, Congress prepared to take a final vote Friday on legislation giving the government far-reaching powers to regulate tobacco and limit tobacco industry marketing and sales practices that lure young people into smoking habits.

18. Historic Anti-Smoking Vote to Give FDA New Power -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress struck the government's strongest anti-smoking blow in decades Thursday with a Senate vote to give regulators new power to limit nicotine in cigarettes, drastically curtail ads and ban candied tobacco products aimed at young people.

19. High Court Ends Widow’s $79.5M Appeal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years and a day after a jury awarded Mayola Williams almost $80 million in punitive damages in her fight with a cigarette maker, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday she can collect her share.

20. Court Ends Philip Morris Appeal of $79.5M Award -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a cigarette maker’s appeal of a $79.5 million award to a smoker’s widow, ending a 10-year legal fight to keep her from collecting.

21. Tobacco Bill Unlikely to Pass This Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Landmark legislation that would give federal health authorities the power to regulate the tobacco industry is unlikely to pass this year.

The House overwhelmingly approved the bill this summer, and a majority of senators, including presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, support the legislation. But President Bush has threatened a veto, and the prospect of a drawn-out debate will probably keep the Senate from taking up the measure as it races through a tight schedule this month, senior congressional officials of both parties said.

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Campbell Clinic Doctors Named to State Board Dr. Robert Miller and Dr. William C. Warner Jr., both of Campbell Clinic, were named to the board of the Tennessee Orthopaedic Society at the groups recent annual meeting. Miller w...