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Smoke-free public housing … coming this summer to an authority near you

This summer, public housing authorities in Kansas City (MO), Cambridge (MA), Annapolis (MD), and Lakeland (FL) will become smoke-free, following a trend encouraged by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

Give A Big Applause To CVS

CVS Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced in February that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 2014. The company estimated that its decision would...more

Gavel to Gavel: E-cig regulations will develop

We’ve all grown accustomed to the sight of lonely smokers, standing a discreet distance from building entrances as they satisfy their need for nicotine. These Oklahomans may soon be joined by their more modern brothers and...more

If You're Going To Light Up, Pay Up

Is charging smokers more for healthcare really legal? Employees who smoke cost U.S. companies $6,000 more per year than their tobacco-free counterparts, according to a study released this summer by Micah Berman of Ohio...more

E-Cigarettes In The Workplace: A Burning New Question For Employers

In just a few short years, electronic-cigarettes (also known as “e-cigarettes” or “vapes”) have become a burgeoning industry in the United States. In case you are like me and are always last to know about the latest trends,...more

Smoking is not Nuisance Per Se Schuman v. Greenbelt Homes, Inc., 212 Md. App. 451 (2013)

Maryland courts have weighed in on an issue of growing importance in residential communities: smoking. In its recent ruling, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland upheld the ruling of the Circuit Court for Prince George's...more

Up in Smoke

In This Presentation: *What are e-cigarettes? • Battery powered tube like device, typically built to look like a cigarette • Release water vapor laced with "e juice" from container • "e juice" typically...more

FDA Regulations on the Horizon for Billion Dollar E-Cigarette Industry

In September, 40 state attorneys general wrote to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking the agency to take all available measures to issue regulations on the advertising, ingredients, and sale to minors of...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 18, 2013

E-Cigarettes Increase Presence With Traditional Tobacco Advertising – Will Regulation Follow? - E-cigarettes are following in the footsteps of their nonelectronic predecessors by utilizing advertising means no longer...more

Employment Law Reporter - June 2013: Summer Storm Employment Laws Being Considered By The California Legislature This Summer

The skies are clear, but there is a storm coming for California employers. The California Legislature has a full agenda of employment laws to consider over the summer months that will have a substantial impact on employers. ...more

Smoke ‘em if You’ve Got ‘em

Don’t like the smell of smokers around you? Think twice before you do something about it. ...more

Quitting Smoking? How Chantix May or May Not Be Able to Help

Individuals looking to quit smoking may turn to popular smoking-cessation drugs like Chantix (varenicline). Almost everyone has seen the commercials for Chantix, where a handful of people indicate that the drug has helped...more

Higher Insurance Premiums For Smokers And The Obese

The perils of smoking and obesity have long been the topic of conversation in doctors’ offices and between nagging family members. However, employers are jumping on the bandwagon by imposing higher health insurance premiums...more

Employees Who Smoke (Part II) – The Exception for Health Insurance Plans

So yesterday, I made a convincing case that employees who smoke outside the workplace can’t be treated differently than your non-smokers. ...more

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