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  • 2003-01-01: SCIENCE: U.K. Biobank due to begin; study organizers plan to assemble a

database of medical information about 500,000 Britons, including their DNA. The goal, over the next 10 to 20 years, is to sort out the way that genes and the environment combine to cause common diseases.

  • 2003-01-01: LITIGATION: Janoff defeat overturned. Dade County, Florida, Circuit Court

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg grants Suzette Ahrendt Janoff lawyers' motion for a new trial in a Broin case that had been decided in Sept. 2002. Judge Rothenberg concluded that counsel for the tobacco defendants had misled the Court concerning Florida law on the use of authoritative texts, thereby introducing evidence to bolster the opinions rendered by their medical experts. The class action lawsuit of Susan Miles et al v Philip Morris Inc. was certified in Madison County Feb. 8, 2001, and the

  • 2003-01-07: FL: The Florida Clean Air Act, overwhelmingly passed by Florida voters in the

fall of 2002 as an amendment, becomes part of the Florida Constitution. It prohibits smoking in virtually all indoor public areas, including restaurants, some bars, bowling alleys and workplaces. http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/community/fciaa/

  • 2003-01-21: IL: Susan Miles et al v Philip Morris Inc. trial begins. This case, which led to an

epic battle over the multi-billion bond against Philip Morris, became known as the "Price" lawsuit.

  • 2003-01-22: REGULATION: TX: Dallas City Council passes a sweeping smoking ban. The

ordinance, which will go into effect March 1, bans smoking in restaurants, hotels, city-owned facilities, private clubs with eating establishments, bowling alleys, bingo parlors and bars that open into hotels and restaurants.

  • 2003-01-22: REGULATION: WALES National Assembly voted four to one to ban smoking

in all public places, the first country in the UK to consider such a step.

  • 2003-01-27: BUSINESS: Philip Morris Companies stock begins trading as Altria Group, Inc.

Philip Morris USA, Philip Morris International and Kraft Foods Inc. will keep their names. Altria is derived from the Latin word ``altus'' and reflecting a desire to ``reach higher,'' Altria will keep the ticker symbol MO.

  • 2003-01-27: BUSINESS: Vector Group Ltd. announces that Quest, its low-nicotine cigarette,

is available in 7 states. Quest 1, the low nicotine variety, contains 0.6 milligrams of nicotine. Quest 2, the extra-low nicotine variety, contains 0.3 milligrams of nicotine. Quest 3, the nicotine-free variety, contains only trace levels of nicotine - no more than 0.05 milligrams of nicotine per cigarette. Quest cigarettes utilize a proprietary process that enables the production of nicotine-free tobacco that tastes and smokes like tobacco in conventional cigarettes.

  • 2003-01-26: LITIGATION: PA: Philip Morris wins Carter case. State court jury in

Philadelphia finds that Katie Carter knew about the health effects of cigarettes and chose to smoke anyway, and would not have quit smoking, even knowing all the risks.

  • 2003-01-27: REGULATION: NY: Suffolk County legislature approves bar and restaurant

smoking ban which will take effect in 2006.

  • 2003-01-30: LITIGATION: DE: Lorillard wins right to sue American Legacy Foundation.

Delaware Chancery Court Judge Stephen P. Lamb rejects ALF's countersuit arguments that it can't be sued because it wasn't a party to the Master Settlement Agreement. Lorillard is suing under the "vilification" clause of the Master Settlement Agreement; the case centers on ALF's "dog-walk" urine ads. http://www.tobacco.org/resources/documents/030130alfvlorillard.pdf

  • 2003-01-30: Irish Health Minister announces complete ban on smoking in all workplaces, to

take effect Jan. 1, 2004. The announcement by Minister for Health, Mr Martin and the Minister for Labour Affairs, Mr Frank Fahey follows the release of a report by the the Office of Tobacco Control on the ill-effects on health of passive smoking in the workplace..

  • 2003-02-07: FL: Tobacco wins Allen/Broin airline secondhand-smoke suit.

  • 2003-02-07: CA: Philip Morris and RJR win Lucier suit.

  • 2003-02-14: LITIGATION: Appeals Court Decides New York may ban out-of-state sales

direct to consumers via direct mail or the internet.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a June, 2001 federal court ruling that had thrown out the law (Section 1399-11, signed


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