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Illinois Supreme Court To Hear $10B Cigarette Lawsuit Appeal

Last year, an appellate court reinstated a 2003 local verdict that Phillip Morris broke state law by marketing “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes as safer than others.


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Evanston Becomes First Illinois City To Raise Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

Teens will no longer be able to buy smokes in the north suburb. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.


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2 Investigators: Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Pirated Cigarettes

A pack of cigarettes in Chicago can cost as much as $15 and with the soaring price the trafficking of contraband cigarettes is way up as well.


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Former Lyons Cop Gets 5 Years For Extortion

A former Lyons police officer has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, for using his badge to steal contraband cigarettes from dealers he was arresting.


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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products By October

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care.


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Proposed Cigarette Tax Would Give City Highest Rate In Nation

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack — leaving Chicago with a combined state and local tax rate of $7.42 a pack, the highest in the nation, City Hall sources said Friday.


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Tossing Cigarettes Could Mean Big Littering Fine

Starting next year, flicking a cigarette butt onto the ground could cost you plenty.


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Indiana State Police Crack Down On Drivers Who Flick Cigarettes Out Window

The drought has Indiana State Police looking more closely at what’s coming out of cars.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

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Consumers Stocking Up On Cigarettes In Advance Of Tax Hike

A recent hike in the Illinois cigarette state excise tax appears to be causing a run on cigarettes.

WBBM Newsradio–06/12/2012

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Bill Would Eliminate Tax Loophole For Rolling Your Own Cigarettes

The days of saving money by using a “roll your own” cigarette machine could be over in Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–02/24/2012

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Graphic Warning Labels Coming To Cigarette Packs

Starting in the fall of 2012, smokers reaching for a pack of cigarettes will get an in-your-face warning about what they’re doing to themselves and the people around them.

CBS Chicago–06/21/2011

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Many Chicago Smokers Think Potential Menthol Ban Is A Good Idea

An FDA committee recommends banning menthol as a flavoring for cigarettes — an industry reform that is applauded by health experts.

CBS Chicago–03/18/2011

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Apartment Residents Have Year To Quit Smoking

Tenants at a River North apartment building have a year to quit smoking or find another place to live.


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Double State Tax On Cigarettes?

Smokers will see an increase in the price of their habit soon, if the Illinois Coalition against Tobacco gets its way.

WBBM Newsradio–01/04/2011

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FDA Proposes Graphic Images On Cigarette Warning Labels

The FDA believes pictures of corpses, sickly looking people with oxygen masks and stained, decaying teeth could scare smokers into quitting. CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports.

CBS 2–11/10/2010