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  • 2003-06-18: NY: New York begins enforcing ban on internet cigarette sales, after a series of

court challenges. It prohibits private carriers from delivering mail order cigarettes.

  • 2003-06-19: BUSINESS: NASCAR drops RJR sponsorship. Nextel signs 10-year, $700

million agreement, ending RJR's 32-year Winston Cup sponsorship. What had been known as Winston Cup racing since 1971, will be known as Nextel Cup, starting in 2004.

  • 2003-06-23: SMOKEFREE: PHILIPPINES: President Arroyo signs landmark Tobacco

Regulation Act into law. Republic Act 9211, the 2003 Tobacco Regulation Act designates all public places as non-smoking areas. It regulates the packaging, use, sale, distribution and promotion of tobacco products in the country--the first law in the world that complies with WHO FCTC requirements. It allows separate smoking spaces; Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) will assist the inter-agency committee (IAC) that will draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

  • 2003-06-23: SMOKEFREE: FL: Gov. Bush signs statewide smokefree air legislation

implementing voter-approved constitutional amendment.

  • 2003-06-24: SMOKEFREE: ME: Maine bans smoking in bars, the fifth state to do so. Gov.

John Baldacci signs legislation that bans smoking in lounges and taverns, pool halls and certain off-track betting sites.

  • 2003-06-30: SMOKEFREE: PAKISTAN:Smoking ban goes into effect. Smoking is banned in

hospitals, educational institutions, offices, domestic flights, restaurants, buses, indoor stadiums and other places. It is widely disregarded, even in Parliament and government offices.

  • 2003-07-01: 6 US States raise cigarette taxes, including Delware and Georgia. 30 states have

raised cigarette taxes since Jan. 1, 2002. By the end of July, cigarette tax increases will have gone into effect in eight states -- Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming. On June 30, New Jersey raised its tax by 55 cents to $2.05 per pack, the highest in the nation. This will bring to 30, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, the number of states that have increased cigarette taxes since January 2002.

  • 2003-07-01: SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Winnipeg smoking ban goes into effect. Effective

July 1, 2003, The City of Winnipeg Smoking Regulation By-law No. 88/2003 bans smoking in all enclosed public places including bars, restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms and cabarets, private clubs , taxi cabs, rooms rented for private social functions.

  • 2003-07-01:SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Edmonton restaurant smoking ban goes into effect.

Bars, bingos and casinos must go smokefree in 2005.

  • 2003-07-01: NJ: State tax rises 55 cents per pack, bringing NJ's total cigarette tax to $2.05 per

pack, making it the highest in the nation--the first to break the $2 barrier.

  • 2003-07-01: SMOKEFREE: KY: Lexington, KY, bans smoking. The Urban County Council

votes 11-3 to ban smoking in almost all public places, including bars, reestaurants, bowling alleys and pool halls. The ban in the heart of tobacco county will take effect Sept. 29, 2003.

  • 2003-07-02: LITIGATION: AR: US District Judge James Moody nullifies the $15 Million

punitive damages award in the Boerner case, because B&W had only bought American Tobacco Co., which had made the Lucky Strike and Pall Mall brands Mary Jane Boerner had smoked.He upholds the $4.25 Million compensatory award.

  • 2003-07-03: SMOKEFREE: NM: Albuquerque, NM, smoking ban goes into effect. Smoking

is banned in restaurants. Bars in restaurants have a year to either prohibit smoking, or enclose the area in a separately-ventilated section.

  • 2003-07-03: SMOKEFREE: UK: England's chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, says

smoking should be banned in all public places to reduce the threat of illness caused by secondhand smoke.

  • 2003-07-03: Rhode Island: State troopers move to confiscate the inventory of the Narragansett

tribe's 2-day-old smoke shop; a melee breaks out. 7 Narragansetts are arrested.Lawsuits ensue.

  • 2003-07-29: SMOKEFREE: OH: Toledo smoking ban passed by City Council.

  • 2003-07-29: BAT releases "Social Report 2002-03"

  • 2003-07-31: LITIGATION: CA: Philip Morris wins Reller lawsuit.

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