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  • 2006-03-01: SMOKEFREE: ARGENTINA:First phase of Buenos Aires smoking ban begins.

Smoking is banned in Municipal government buildings; bars, restaurant will join the ban later.

  • 2006-03-01: SMOKEFREE: OK:State smoking ban goes into effect. 2003 law mandates that

restaurants serving more than 50 customers must either declare themselves smoke free or provide a separately ventilated smoking room.Smoking is allowed in stand-alone bars.

  • 2006-03-01: SMOKEFREE: IN:Indianapolis, Greenfield smoking bans go into effect.

  • 2006-03-01: SMOKEFREE: SERBIA: Serbia relaunches 2003 legislation that outlawed

smoking in workplaces, promising strict enforcement.

  • 2006-03-01: REGULATION: AUSTRALIA: Graphic warning labels are now required on

cigarette packs.

  • 2006-03-13: LITIGATION: GA: State Supreme Court rules MSA protects tobacco companies

from punitive damages. (Gualt v. B&W, http://www.gasupreme.us/op_summaries/opsumm060313.html)

  • 2006-03-17: SMOKEFREE: CA:Calabasas outdoor smoking ban goes into effect.

  • 2006-03-20: LITIGATION: BOEKEN: CA: US Supreme Court allows Boeken $50M

punitive damages verdict to stand against Philip Morris (compensatory damages: $5.5M). Here is the CA Supreme Court ruling cutting the $100M verdict to $50M: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/data2/californiastatecases/B152959A.DOC

  • 2006-03-22: LITIGATION: FRANCE: Altadis wins Berger liability suit.

  • 2006-03-26: SMOKEFREE: SCOTLAND: Full smoking ban goes into effect.

  • 2006-03-31: SMOKEFREE: MN: St. Paul smoking ban goes into effect.

  • 2006-04-15: SMOKEFREE: NJ:Smoking ban goes into effect. Casino floors are exempted.

  • 2006-05: SMOKEFREE: KENYA: Smoking ban halted because of BAT/Mastermind lawsuit

claiming 1) there's too little time for them to implement the larger "CIGARETTES KILL" warning labels required in the bill and 2) the health department has no authority over labels.

  • 2006-05-15: LITIGATION: WA: Jury finds for RJR in Kimball case.

  • 2006-05-20: SMOKEFREE: MS: Starkville complete smoking ban goes into effect.

  • 2006-05-22: SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Secondhand smoke victim and smokefree advocate

Heather Crowe dies of lung cancer at 61.

  • 2006-05-31: SMOKEFREE: CANADA: Near-total smoking bans goes into effect in Ontario

and Quebec provinces.

  • 2006-05-31: NH: Gov signs fire-safe cigarette law, making NH the 5th State to require fire-

safe cigarettes. The law will go into effect Oct. 1, 2007. New York (2004), Vermont (2006), California (2007) and Illinois (2008) have such laws on the books.

  • 2006-06-27: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report

of the Surgeon General Blockbuster report details the harms of secondhand smoke. SG says, "The debate is over."

  • 2006-06-30: SMOKEFREE: LA: Gov. Blanco signs statewide smoking ban. It will go into

effect in 6 months.

  • 2006-06-30: SMOKEFREE: NM: Statewide smoking ban goes into effect in bars and

restaurants.

  • 2006-07-01: TAXES: NC: Tax rises 5 cents, to 35 cents a pack.

  • 2006-07-01: TAXES: VT: Tax rises 60 cents, to $1.79 cents a pack.

  • 2006-07-01: TAXES: JAPAN: Tax hike goes into effect

  • 2006-07-01: SMOKEFREE: AR: Smoking ban goes into effect. Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006

bans smoking in nearly all workplaces, with exceptions for establishments that do not allow patrons younger than 21; retail tobacco stores; gaming floors of operations regulated by the Arkansas Racing Commission; designated smoking rooms in hotels; and workplaces with fewer

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