State of California Department of Justice
Tobacco Highlights 2003
- Press Release - November 9, 2003
The Office of the Attorney General Announces Agreement to Remove Tobacco Ads from News Magazines Sent to High Schools and Middle Schools
- October 30, 2003 -
Court upholds trial court decision that R.J. Reynolds violated California's tobacco sampling law. Confirms $14.8 million civil penalty against R.J. Reynolds.
View the Lockyer v. RJ Reynolds opinion, pdf.
- Press Release - September 30, 2003
The Office of the Attorney General Announces Agreement to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors in Wal-Mart Stores Youth Smoking Deals Now Cover Top Retailer, Drug Store and Oil Company
- Press Release - July 29, 2003
The Office of the Attorney General Announces Agreement to Curb Tobacco Sales to Minors at ARCO Stations Deal Reduces Youth Access to Cigarettes at 1,250 Retail Outlets in California
- July 25, 2003 -
ARCO Assurance of Voluntary Compliance.
View the ARCO Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, pdf.
- July 25, 2003 -
Federal court dismisses lawsuit filed by tobacco giants
R. J. Reynolds and Lorillard which challenged constitutionality
of California tobacco education media campaign. Using tobacco
excise taxes to fund tobacco control media campaign does not violate
companies' rights to freedom of speech, fair jury, and due process.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company v.
Diana M. Bonta, Director of the California Department of Health
Services and Dileep G. Bal, Acting Chief of the Tobacco Control
Section of the California Department of Health Services Case No.
CIV S-03-659 LK/GHH
March 27, 2003 -
California Supreme Court denies R.J. Reynold's request for review of March 2003 Court of Appeal's decision in case involving outdoor advertising restrictions imposed by MSA. Lower court decision is now final. The company may not post billboards or other signs advertising its Winston sponsorships at auto race tracks more than 90 days before and 10 days after a sponsored event at the site. People of the State of California v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. (2003) 107 Cal.App.4th 516, 132 Cal. Rptr 2d. 151.