PHAI Takes Action Against Puff Bar for Violating Massachusetts’ Ban on Flavored e-Cigarettes

CONTACTS: Mark Gottlieb                                                             Meredith Lever (617) 216-0779                                                            (617) 373-8066 mark@phaionline.org                                          meredith@phaionline.org    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Puff Bar Charged With Violating Massachusetts’ Ban on Flavored e-Cigarettes In direct violation of state law, Puff Bar sells flavored, disposable e-cigarettes that appeal to teens  BOSTON, MA (June 11, 2020) – Today, the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at Northeastern […]

PHAI’s Sarah Peck pens op-ed urging a stop to active shooter drills in schools

Sarah Peck, Director of PHAI’s #UnitedOnGuns initiative, recently authored an opinion piece published by the South Florida Sun Sentinel entitled: Profiting from protecting kids is wrong. Halt active shooter drills in schools. In it, Ms. Peck raises the concern, shared by many, that active shooter drills in schools can traumatize children.  She notes that 42 […]

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 […]