PHAI’s Sarah Peck pens op-ed supporting a federal “red flag” law

Sarah Peck, Director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative, recently authored an opinion piece published by The Hill entitled: A federal red flag law would save lives and give Trump a much needed win.  Ms. Peck notes that both red and blue states have enacted some version of these laws, also known as “extreme risk protection orders.” […]

PHAI’s Gottlieb Pens Commentary: “How The Opioid Settlement Could Truly Help The Addicted”

On July 9, 2019. the WBUR (Boston NPR affiliate) opinion blog, Cognoscenti, published an opinion piece penned by PHAI’s executive director seeking to leverage any forthcoming settlement of the the more than 2,000 lawsuits pending against opioid pain manufacturers, their distributors, and their retailers to create an independent foundation to help coordinate a national response […]

These Youth Will Not be Fuuled: An overview of the 2019 Altria Group Annual shareholders Meeting

By Edward L. Sweda, Jr., PHAI Senior Attorney Five months before Howard A. Willard III presided for the first time over the Altria Group annual shareholders meeting in Richmond, Virginia, the company carried out a business plan that dominated the discussion at the meeting. On December 20, 2018, Altria Group announced it had spent $12.8 […]

Lawsuit Demands Juul Fund Treatment for the MA Adolescents it Addicted

Today, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) took the first step in launching a public health class action lawsuit in Massachusetts against Juul Labs, the makers of the most popular e-cigarette in the United States, for designing and marketing its product to appeal to and addict adolescents. This is the first such case brought against […]

Juul Addicts Massachusetts Teens

In less than four years, Juul has become the overwhelming leader in the electronic cigarette market — especially among teens throughout Massachusetts. This has left thousands of teens addicted to the high doses of nicotine that Juul delivers to their developing brains. If your Massachusetts teen became addicted to nicotine from Juuling before the age […]

U.S. Virgin Islands Juries Deliver $113 Million Verdicts Against R.J. Reynolds to families of Deceased Newport Smokers

The Public Health Advocacy Institute (“PHAI”) is pleased to announce that two tobacco lawsuits tried this month in St. Thomas, V.I., have concluded with verdicts totaling $113.3 million. The cases, Gerald v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Brown v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., were brought by the children of two deceased smokers who had been hooked on Newport cigarettes as minors.

2018 Altria Group Annual Shareholders Meeting – A Time of Transitions

By Edward L. Sweda, Jr., Senior Attorney It became clear in the months leading up to the May 17th Annual Shareholders Meeting for Altria Group that 2018 would be a time for change for the company.  In January, Chairman, CEO and President Martin Barrington publicly announced his intention to retire due to the approach of […]

Welch’s Fruit Snack Questions

Thank you for taking the time to respond!  We are a public health advocacy organization in Boston concerned with the nutrition and marketing practices.  Please help us better understand your choice to buy Welch’s Fruit Snacks by completing this very short questionnaire.  Any information you provide us will not be shared with any third parties […]

PHAI Submits Comment Opposing Proposed School Food Nutrition Rollbacks

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to issue a rule to weaken the school food nutritional requirements of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012.  The rule would allow flavored milk with added sugar, waive requirement to provide whole grains, and delay reductions of sodium levels in school foods. PHAI submitted a comment to […]

End of Year Appeal

This year, PHAI continued moving cases against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to trial, went to court to tell Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association to be honest about the link between sugar drink consumption and disease, and have been working on a number of other potential lawsuits with a public health impact. We provided […]