Posts Tagged ‘smoking’

Tobacco companies win, have decision overturned

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sided with tobacco companies who argued that a state tax on cigarettes sold at retail outlets outside the state was unfair. Yesterday’s decision overturned a 2011 decision by a Hinds County judge who found the tax fair. However, the issue is moot because lawmakers repealed the tax in […] [...]

Officials to decide if hooka lounge violates smoking ban

CORINTH — Alex Al-Quawwas wants to expand his business with a hookah lounge, where people would be able to smoke a non-tobacco product using a hookah. The issue before Corinth officials is whether the activity violates the city’s public smoking ban, according to the Daily Corinthian. A hookah is an instrument generally used for smoking […] [...]

Indiana man gets house arrest for role in illegal tobacco scheme

ABERDEEN — Authorities say an Indiana man has been sentenced in Mississippi to six months on house arrest for making false records related to cigarette sales. Authorities say in a news release that 56-year-old Jack Settles of Indianapolis was sentenced in U.S. District in Aberdeen. He pleaded guilty in January to one count of making […] [...]

Tennessee man to be sentenced for role in contraband cigarette scheme

TUPELO — A Tennessee man will be sentenced July 30 for his role in routing tobacco through Mississippi to avoid taxes, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports. Randy Benham of Cordova, Tenn., pleaded guilty in 2009 in U.S. District Court to counts of fraud, false statements and money laundering. Benham, along with Jerry G. Burke […] [...]

Biloxi casino takes bold step with new smoking policy

The Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi is bravely going where no casino in Mississippi has gone. With the opening of the property’s expansion and renovation project June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and lounge/sports bar became smoke free. In recent years, statistics from the American Heart Association and other health organizations have increasingly supported the […] [...]

Aldermen vote down city smoking ban

by Published: May 21,2010

Tags: municipal government, smoking, tobacco

BOONEVILLE — The Booneville Board of Aldermen has voted down a proposed ban on smoking in public places. The vote was 3-2. The motion to pass the ordinance was made by Alderman David Bolen and seconded by Alderman Wilda Pounds. Aldermen Harold Eaton, Mark McCoy and Jeff Williams voted against the measure. Aldermen who were […] [...]

Tobacco companies cutting contracts with farmers

by Published: May 19,2010

Tags: agriculture, smoking, tobacco

CYNTHIANA, Ky. — After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn’t needed this year. “They were very courteous, but a Dear John letter’s still a Dear John letter,” said Burrier, who has seen the […] [...]

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