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History of Cigarette's - 2003 to 2008

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2003 - In the U.S., 21.6 percent of the population smoke cigarettes. Among men 24.1 percent smoke and among women 19.2 percent smoke.

2003 January - EU tobacco product directive dictates that large health warnings appear on all cigarette packs.

2003 February - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act is rolled out, ending tobacco advertising on the internet, direct mail, print media and billboards.

2003 July - The Memorandum of Understanding with Customs and Excise is signed by Imperial Tobacco to reduce illegal cigarette trafficking. This was following alleged smuggling at Reemtsma, a German subsidiary of Imperial.

2003 August - British American Tobacco merges Brown & Williamson, its U.S. subsidiary, with R.J. Reynolds to protect BAT from future U.S. tobacco litigation.

2003 August - E-cigarettes are invented by Hon Lik of Beijing, China. Golden Dragon Holdings developed the device and called it Ruyan.

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2003 - Price vs Philip Morris reached a $10.1 billion verdict. This class action suit charged Philip Morris with deceptive advertising.

2003 - Boerner vs Brown & Williamson reached a $15 million verdict.

2003 - New York City begins the Smoke-Free Air Act, banning smoking in any indoor public place. Tobacco-related establishments and casinos were exempt. Many states increase taxes on cigarettes to discourage smoking.

2003 - Dunhill closes all its U.S. retail stores except the New York store.

2003 December - U.K. tobacco industry is investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for price fixing.

2004 - In the U.S, 20.9 percent of the population smoke. Among men 23.4 percent smoke and among women 18.5 percent.

2004 March - Ireland is the first country in the world to ban public and workplace smoking.

Ireland Bans smoking in public and workplace

2004 May - U.S. becomes the 108th country to join the World Health Organization's Global Treaty on Tobacco Control. The treaty controls the sale, taxation and advertising of cigarettes.

2004 May - The European Union announces it will phase out subsidizing tobacco farmers.

2004 June - Norway becomes the second country to implement a smoking ban.

2004 June - A poll finds that 80 percent of Britons would favor a ban on workplace smoking.

2004 - Frankson vs Brown and Williamson reach $5 million verdict. This was the first New York court case that found the tobacco industry liable for a smoker's death.

2004 September - The U.S. civil racketeering case begins. It was filed under the Clinton administration and seeks $280 billion from the sales of tobacco products to minors.

2004 November - Scotland announces it will ban smoking in all public and workplaces.

2004 December - New Zealand becomes third country to ban smoking in enclosed work and public areas.

2004 December - Point of sale regulations are enforced on tobacco product at registers, allowing only an A5-sized sign. Many consider eliminating tobacco product vending machines and point of sale placement entirely.

2005 - U.S. premium cigar consumption third best year in history, with over 321 million cigars imported.

2005 January - Tobacco smuggling in the U.K. is estimated to be equal to £3 billion a year in lost taxes.

2005 February - A global health treaty, The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, is formed. It implements measures to limit and control tobacco products via taxes, health warnings and advertising.

New Zealand bans smoking in enclosed working and public areas

2005 - Smith vs Brown & Williamson reach $1.5 million verdict

2005 - The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that governments can sue tobacco companies per the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act in Imperial Tobacco vs British Columbia.

2005 - U.S. consumption of imported cigars passes 300 million, the seventh straight year of increases. This is the third best year U.S. cigar history following 1997 and 1998.

2005 - The WHO creates its first international health treaty. It encourages countries to reduce tobacco exposure and tighten restrictions.

2005 - Global advertising at sporting events is banned.

2006 - R.J. Reynold vice-president of sales, Stan Smith, pleads guilty to defrauding the Canadian government by smuggling cigarettes into the country and selling them on the black market.

2006 February - The first FCTC conference is held in Geneva with over 140 countries signed on to back its implementation.

2006 May - The U.K. government proposes the inclusion of picture warnings on tobacco products.

2006 August - Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, gives $125 million to tobacco control organizations.

2006/2007 - E-cigarettes make their debut in Europe and the U.S. 2007 - In the U.S., 20.8 percent of the population smokes. Among men 23.9 percent smoke and among women 18 percent smoke.

2007 January - The U.K. government raises the legal age for purchasing tobacco from 16 to 18.

2007 February - Tobacco companies increases advertising towards women, especially nightclub and bar promotions.

2007 March - Just six weeks after going smoke-free, the European Parliament reintroduces smoking rooms.

2007 April - Wales and Northern Ireland implement smoke-free bans.

2007 April - The U.S. Motion Picture Association of America asks the film industry to reduce or eliminate tobacco use in films to discourage tobacco use among youths.

2007 July - England implements smoke-free bans in the workplace and public buildings.

2007 - Studies show that tobacco companies are targeting lower-income families and minorities in their advertising.

2007 August - WHO releases a report stating that by 2015, 10 percent of worldwide deaths will be tobacco-related. Also, by 2030, 80 percent of tobacco deaths would be in developing countries.

2007 October - U.S. CDC announces that for the third straight year U.S. tobacco consumption has leveled off and failed to decrease as was occurring for the past 40 years.

2008 January - France implements ban on public smoking. Turkey also approves ban on public smoking.

2008 January - Smoking rates fell in the U.K. by about 2 percent, similar to rates of reduction in the U.S.

2008 January - Multi-billion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Nigerian government against three tobacco firms for costs of tobacco-related diseases.

2008 February - The WHO reports that tobacco will cause over a billion deaths by 2030.

2008 February - Following the smoking ban of 2007, England smoking has reduced by 6.7 percent. 2008 February - New Zealand requires all tobacco products to include graphic picture warnings.

2008 March - Sales of e-cigarettes halted in Turkey, claiming they are no safer than regular cigarettes.

2008 September - Australia and the EU announce that all cigarettes will need to be self-extinguishing by 2010/2011.

2008 September - The WHO states that e-cigarettes are not a safer alternative to cigarettes.

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