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  • 2003-12-10: SMOKEFREE: NEW ZEALAND: Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright

signs the Smokefree Environments Amendment Act. It will come into force Dec. 10, 2004.

  • 2003-12-10: LITIGATION: FL: Jury in Hall lawsuit decides for RJR and B&W.

  • 2003-12-10: IL: LITIGATION: Philip Morris files appeal of Price/Miles lawsuit with Illinois

Supreme Court.

  • 2003-12-15: LITIGATION: SWITZERLAND: "Rylander Affair" finally ends; tobacco

control advocates acquitted of libel charges against industry mole. After a series of court cases, the criminal division of the Swiss Court of Justice of Geneva acquits M. Diethelm and Dr Rielle and awards costs against Professor Ragnar Rylander.

  • 2003-12-16: SMOKEFREE: GEORGIA: Guinnett Commissioners OK restaurant/workplace

smoking ban; it will take effect April 1, 2004.

  • 2003-12-29: RHODE ISLAND: Judge OKs Smoke Shop raid. U.S. District Court Judge

William E. Smith rules that the state was correct to stop the sale of tax-free cigarettes at a Narragansett Indian tribe's smoke shop. Because the cigarette tax falls on the consumer, the Narragansetts, in selling cigarettes, are merely an agent for collecting the tax, he rules, and therefore the state did not violate federal law or the tribe's sovereign rights when it executed a search warrant and made arrests on tribal land. Citing the 1978 Settlement Act, Smith wrote that the act makes clear that tribal lands are subject to the "criminal laws and jurisdiction" of the state.

  • 2003-12-31: LITIGATION: Florida appeals court de-certifies Hines "lights" case.

  • 2003-12-31: NEW YORK: Department of State adopts nation's first fire-safe regulations.

Secretary of State Randy A. Daniels today announced the adoption of a fire safety standard for cigarettes that will require all cigarettes sold in New York State to be low ignition strength, making them less likely to cause fires if left unattended. The cigarette fire safety standard becomes effective June 28, 2004. . . . All cigarette brands offered for sale in New York State must be tested to determine if they self-extinguish at least 75 percent of the time. Only those brands that meet the state's performance standard will be certified and permitted to be sold in New York.


  • 2004-01-01: SMOKEFREE: Smoking Bans, and other tobacco control legislation, take effect


  • Canada: County of Hastings, Ontario, ban prohibits smoking in all restaurants, bars,and workplaces.

  • Netherlands: Smoking banned in workplaces, buses, trains, taxis, travel stations and platforms; workplace smoking may only occur in special rooms with ventilation.Hotels, bars and restaurants may allow smoking, but the industry must come up with measures to protect nonsmokers by 2005.

  • Malta:

  • China: The Temporary Measures on Radio and Television Advertisement Administration bans ads for tobacco on TV and radio.

  • Pennsylvania: Cigarette tax rises 35 cents.

  • Maine: Bars are added to the state's 1999 restaurant smoking ban. Small smoke shops and the high-stakes bingo operated by the Penobscot Nation are excepted. Virtually all workplaces in Maine are now smokefree.

  • Georgia: Bainbridge law prohibits smoking in restaurants, stores, enclosed shopping malls, bars and lounges.

  • California:


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