Tobacco litigation continues to pop up across the states and is growing internationally. On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes legendary tobacco industry insider and founder of the non-profit organization, Smoke-Free Kids, Inc., Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, to discuss the latest in tobacco litigation. Larry and Dr. Wigand will talk about the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, concerns about smokeless tobacco products and how to protect our children from the dangers of smoking.
Will the U.S. Supreme Court dismiss a class action suit brought by smokers in Maine, who say they were misled into believing that “low tar” and “light” cigarettes are a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes? Arguments heard before the high court this week, pit tobacco giant, Phillip Morris against smokers. Law.com blogger and co-host, Bob Ambrogi welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, a nationally known whistleblower involving tobacco company, Brown & Williamson. Wigand’s courageous story ultimately led to a landmark case against big tobacco, changes in cigarette advertising and was the basis for the movie, The Insider. He is now founder of SMOKE-FREE KIDS, Inc. Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent for Legal Times and Law.com, also joins us to discuss this important case with insights from inside the courtroom.