Categories & Tags: tobacco industry

Color-coded cancer sticks   |   April 17, 2015
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest At the headquarters of Reynolds American (parent of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco) in North Carolina and the Virginia headquarters of Altria (parent...

 

Southern Company caught promoting bad climate science again   |   February 26, 2015
Last week Fortune magazine named the Southern Company a top utility for the sixth year in a row, citing its "wise use of corporate assets" and "social...

 

UK Parliament hears of slavery risks in NC tobacco fields   |   December 16, 2014
The British House of Commons debated legislation today addressing human rights abuses in UK-based companies' supply chains, and North Carolina's tobacco fields came up as...

 

Big Tobacco merger unites powerful NC political donors   |   July 25, 2014
Last week, the nation's second-largest tobacco company announced a complex, $27.4 billion deal to buy the next biggest tobacco corporation, both based in North Carolina. But...

 

FLOC launches ambitious plans in tobacco fields   |   July 3, 2014
By David Flores, Labor Notes My life as a farmworker began when I was nine years old, working alongside my parents harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, and strawberries. This...

 

Targeting the climate culprits   |   May 9, 2014
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest The new U.S. National Climate Assessment makes for sobering reading. In a document of more than 800 pages, it shows that climate change is not...

 

VOICES: A call for a second Operation Dixie   |   September 11, 2013
By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis, The South Lawn There are no fortresses for labor; no metaphorical stone walls that we can shelter ourselves behind to try and ride out the...

 

Big corporations put up seed funding for Republican dark money group   |   February 18, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica Some of the nation's biggest corporations donated more than a million dollars to launch a Republican nonprofit that went on to play a key role in...

 

Congressman who compared cigarettes to smoking lettuce becomes lobbyist for R.J. Reynolds   |   October 3, 2012
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica A former 18-year member of Congress who was a longtime friend of the tobacco industry while in office has become a paid consultant and registered...

 

Climate science attack group turns sights on Texas professors   |   July 19, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative think tank with financial ties to fossil fuel interests, made headlines last year for a controversial freedom of information...

 

Farmworkers push tobacco giant Reynolds to the table   |   June 14, 2012
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes The perseverance of Farm Labor Organizing Committee activists in North Carolina paid off in early April when Reynolds American finally...

 

North Carolina convenience-store chain targeted for ignoring abuse of tobacco pickers   |   February 20, 2012
Activists are targeting the Southeast's largest independent convenience-store chain over its chairman's refusal to discuss how the company could help end human rights...

 

Fear is biggest obstacle, says farmworkers' union   |   October 25, 2011
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes An undocumented farmworker leader was deported last week, reinforcing the findings of a new Farm Labor Organizing Committee report that...

 

Image of the South (1995)   |   March 1, 1995
Excerpt from the Cover Section:  What is it about the South? No other region of the United States attracts so much scrutiny and study, so much celebration and derision, so much...

 

The Smoke Ring (1984)   |   September 1, 1984
Excerpt from The Cover Story: The Smoke Ring — the ring of political and economic interests that has protected the tobacco industry since the first official health warnings...