Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

FDA sends warning to retailers about tobacco sales

by Published: January 10,2011

Tags: minors, retail, sales, tobacco

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing its first warning letters to retailers for the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in violation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). Using state inspectors who have been commissioned by the agency, the FDA visited 493 […] [...]

Contraband cigarette scheme lost millions in taxes

by Published: January 6,2011

Tags: courts, law enforcement, taxes, tobacco

OXFORD — A multi-state contraband cigarette case that involves Mississippi cost the State of Kentucky millions of dollars in uncollected taxes, according to a federal investigator. Lousiville, Ky., businessman Israel Chavez sold cigarettes online and didn’t make an attempt to hide that he wasn’t making an effort to see that sales taxes were collected, according […] [...]

Burke gets time for smuggling cigarettes

by Published: December 28,2010

Tags: courts, law enforcement, tobacco

GREENVILLE — A Tupelo man who took part in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 34 months in prison. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Jerry Burke was sentenced Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Burke pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the federal and local governments out of millions […] [...]

Two plead guilty in contraband cigarette case

by Published: June 30,2010

Tags: cigarettes, courts, tobacco

OXFORD — Two Kentucky men have pleaded guilty in Mississippi to federal charges of falsifying documents to evade the payment of taxes through the sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes. Acting U.S. Attorney William C. Martin said Robert Ammerman of Falmount, Ky., and Mike Ammerman of Cynthiana, Ky., entered the pleas yesterday before a judge […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Guilty plea entered in cigarette smuggling case

by Published: May 19,2010

Tags: courts, law enforcement, smuggling, tobacco

OXFORD — Federal prosecutors say a Florida man who took part in a multi-state cigarette-smuggling operation was once paid with a box containing $350,000 cash that was tossed over the fence of a northern Mississippi airport. Mitchell Sivina, 38, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford to money laundering and […] [...]

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 […] [...]

R.J. Reynolds to pay Canada $323M

by Published: April 14,2010

Tags: tobacco

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a unit of Reynolds American Inc., said Tuesday that it will pay the Canadian government 325 million Canadian dollars ($323.4 million) as part of a deal to settle civil claims related to cigarette smuggling in the 1980s and 1990s. R.J. Reynolds and parent company R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings […] [...]

Another city mulls smoking ban

by Published: March 14,2010

Tags: city government, smoking ban, tobacco

BRANDON — The Brandon Board of Aldermen is considering a ban on smoking tobacco in groceries, restaurants and retail businesses. And Ridgeland is thinking about making its tobacco ban even tougher, forbidding smoking even on city parking lots and property next to city buildings. The ordinance for Brandon is expected to be on the board’s […] [...]

City going tobacco-free

by Published: January 21,2010

Tags: city government, tobacco

MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council has passed a nonsmoking ordinance that will prohibit smoking inside virtually all buildings except private homes, according to The Associated Press. The ordinance will go into effect after 30 days. The ordinance bars smoking inside all public buildings and in some outdoor areas. Property owners will be able to […] [...]

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