Employers Charge “Tobacco Use” Fees, but are they Legal?

It’s bad enough that cigarettes cost upwards of $10 a pack in some cities.  Soon, your smoking habit could cost you $3,000 a year in extra health insurance premiums. If the punitive measures hold up in court. But the law — finally — might be on the smokers’ side.  Plans by CVS and other companies… Read More

New York City Proposes Another Anti-Smoking Law

When city mayors talk about making their cities safer, they usually mean that they plan to reduce the crime rate. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks about protecting New York residents, he doesn’t limit his rhetoric to the danger of muggers and mobsters. He aims to protect people from themselves. He has pushed — and sometimes… Read More

Current and Pending Laws Affect Your Access to Tobacco Products

A smoker’s right to smoke has steadily eroded over the past decade.   In some places, you can’t light up a traditional cigarette virtually anywhere except your own car or home. Smoking bans are one of the reasons for the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes. But, if you smoke regular or e-cigarettes, you should be aware… Read More

Defendant with E Cigarette Pleads Innocence About Interfering with Flight Crew

After hitting flight crew and singing about Osama bin Laden on a flight to Houston on Tuesday, the arrested 19-year old has pleaded to not being guilty at interfering with the flight crew at the Portland U.S. District Court. Saudi Arabia’s Yazeed Mohammad Abunayyan’s lawyer had stated that his client was suffering from some mental… Read More