2002-12-11: REGULATION: Boston bans indoor smoking. The Public Health Commission
votes unanimously to adopt a measure that would eliminate smoking everywhere -- including bars and nightclubs. The only exceptions are private homes or hotel rooms. The ban is effective May 5, 2003.
2002-12-12: LITIGATION: Federal appeals court upholds $1.4 million verdict against
Olympic Airways in secondhand smoke death, the largest individual secondhand smoke award in the US.California Superior Court for Alameda County had previously determined that an Olympic employee's failure to move Dr. Abid Hanson to a new seat was an accident and proximately caused his death from an asthma attack. The final judgement was entered Nov. 28, 2000. (Husain v. Olympic Airways, 00-17509). http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/ca9/newopinions.nsf/F596B0DD92262F0588256C8D00575BDF/$ file/0017509.pdf?openelement
2002-12-13: CANADA: LITIGATION: Tobacco companies' challenge to Canada's
advertising regulations begins in Quebec Superior Court.
2002-12-13: CANADA: LITIGATION: Quebec's Superior Court upholds Canada's tobacco
advertising regulations. http://www.jugements.qc.ca/tabac-en.doc
2002-12-18: LITIGATION: California judge slashes Bullock award from $28 Billion to $28
2002-12-18: REGULATION: New York City council passes near-total indoor smoking ban
outlawing smoking in virtually all workplaces, including bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
2002-12-18: LITIGATION: New Hampshire Supreme Court allows individual smoker to
escape Medicaid fees because of MSA.
2002-12-24: LITIGATION: Oregon Supreme Court upholds $79.5 million jury award to
family of Jesse Williams. Court declines to review the June, 2002, appeals court judgement that reinstated the jury award after the original trial judge cut Philip Morris' payment to $32 million.
2002-12-30: REGULATION: New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg signs clean air bill;
bars smoking in almost all indoor space. Will go into effect March 31, 2003.
2002-12-31: LITIGATION: Tobacco wins Conley suit. Federal judge directs a verdict in favor
of RJR and Philip Morris. Judge Saundra Armstrong of the Northern District of California rules that plaintiffs (Elaine Conley, Weldon White and Dorothy White) had not produced sufficient evidence to support their claims and that a jury could not reasonably return a verdict against tobacco companies in the 1999 death of 81-year-old Frank White.
2003: SMOKEFREE: SERBIA: Serbia bans smoking in workplaces. Ordinance is largely
2003: FRANCE: President Jacques Chirac declares “war on tobacco” and imposes steep tax
increases on cigarettes.
2003-01: IRELAND: Minister of Health Martin announces complete workplace smoking ban,
2003-01-01: REGULATION: CANADA: Nova Scotia's Smoke-Free Places Act goes into
effect banning smoking in public places; bars and restaurants must exhibit plans to build separately-ventilated smoking rooms, if they want to allow smoking.
2003-01-01: REGULATION: CANADA: Saskatchewan's Tobacco Control Act goes into
effect; requires at least 40 per cent of seating capacity in all establishments be designated non- smoking.
2003-01-01: REGULATION: Netherlands tobacco control bill goes into effect. Bans sales of
cigarettes to under-16s, restricts tobacco advertising and promotions.