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June 8, 1993
No fewer than five bills aimed at making cigarette vending machines inaccessible to minors were introduced during the last session of the General Assembly. All of them died -- either in committee or by failing to pass both houses. That was unfortunate because it showed an unwillingness by state elected officials to deal with this important issue.Limiting access to cigarette vending machines by restricting where they can be placed would be a progressive step because the machines present a threat to minors who could get addicted to cigarettes.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2000
Tobacco opponents won a major victory yesterday in the battle to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children, as the General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that will require most cigarette vending machines to take tokens instead of coins. "It's a significant step forward," said Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who made clear that he will sign the bill into law. "It will reduce significantly the number of young people buying cigarettes." The measure's passage in the last days of the legislative session that ends tomorrow came after 10 years of trying by anti-tobacco activists.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 2, 1999
The House of Delegates approved a bill yesterday that would ban coin-operated cigarette vending machines from most businesses.The Senate has passed a different version of the legislation, making it likely that the bill will go to a conference committee.The 82-49 vote in the House occurred despite Baltimore County Democratic Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick's complaint that the measure was "another little nail in the coffin of the small-business man."The bill would exempt fraternal and veterans groups.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 2, 1999
The House of Delegates approved a bill yesterday that would ban coin-operated cigarette vending machines from most businesses.The Senate has passed a different version of the legislation, making it likely that the bill will go to a conference committee.The 82-49 vote in the House occurred despite Baltimore County Democratic Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick's complaint that the measure was "another little nail in the coffin of the small-business man."The bill would exempt fraternal and veterans groups.
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | September 13, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Local ordinances banning all cigarette vending machines in Montgomery County and keeping them away from minors in the Prince George's towns of Bowie and Takoma Park are unconstitutional and violate both state and federal laws, a pair of lawsuits charged yesterday.The suits, filed in the Montgomery and Prince George's circuit courts, contend that the ordinances are pre-empted by and conflict with state law, affect the financial well-being of other jurisdictions and are discriminatory against vending machine operators.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1994
Faced with a $1.5 million lawsuit from a powerful tobacco lobbyist, the Howard County Council last night radically revised a resolution that would have encouraged business owners to get rid of cigarette vending machines.The council then approved an amended resolution, which asks the Maryland General Assembly to enact legislation that would allow local jurisdictions to regulate cigarette vending machines.The resolution also urges the legislature to pass legislation that would keep cigarette vending machines out of places frequented by minors.
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By Marina Sarris and Marina Sarris,Staff Writer | May 7, 1993
Maryland's highest court was the scene yesterday of the latest skirmish in the war between tobacco interests and local governments.On one side of the domed Annapolis courtroom stood Bruce C. Bereano, the flamboyant lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute and lawyer for two cigarette vending machine companies.On behalf of Allied and D.C. vending companies, he urged the Court of Appeals to overturn laws that severely restrict the placement of cigarette machines in Takoma Park and Bowie.To his left stood his legal opponent, Angus Everton, who represents the two cities.
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By M. Dion Thompson and M. Dion Thompson,SUN STAFF | April 9, 2000
Tobacco opponents won a major victory yesterday in the battle to keep cigarettes out of the hands of children, as the General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that will require most cigarette vending machines to take tokens instead of coins. "It's a significant step forward," said Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who made clear that he will sign the bill into law. "It will reduce significantly the number of young people buying cigarettes." The measure's passage in the last days of the legislative session that ends tomorrow came after 10 years of trying by anti-tobacco activists.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1994
Armed with a new legal opinion, Howard County Council members plan to test their mettle again next month against tobacco lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano.They have put a resolution on their April docket that is virtually identical to one they backed away from March 7 when Mr. Bereano filed a $1.5 million suit against the council.The resolution urges business owners to get rid of their cigarette vending machines, especially those that are accessible to minors. The only difference between this resolution and the one the council abandoned March 7 is that taverns are not included in the request.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said yesterday that his office will help Howard County's legal staff defend against a $1.5 million lawsuit filed against the county by a powerful tobacco lobbyist.Bruce C. Bereano, a lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute, filed the suit yesterday morning in Howard Circuit Court after the County Council voted 4-1 Monday night to urge local businesses to get rid of cigarette vending machines, especially those that are accessible to minors."We feel the tobacco lobby people are very wrong on this issue," Mr. Curran said.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
Legislation designed to keep teen-agers from using cigarette vending machines by requiring the use of tokens cleared a key Maryland Senate committee yesterday, surprising even anti-smoking proponents.The Judicial Proceedings Committee approved a bill that after Jan. 1 would ban the sale of tobacco products in vending machines unless they are purchased with the tokens.The measure, which has passed in House, goes to the full Senate -- where its prospects are uncertain in the General Assembly's final days.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | August 3, 1994
Eleven municipalities and Maryland's attorney general hope to join Howard County this morning in defending a $2 million suit brought against the county by a powerful tobacco lobbyist on behalf of a cigarette vending machine company.Bruce C. Bereano wants Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney to set aside a May 2 resolution approved by the council and award his client, Allied Vending Inc. of Beltsville, $500,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.The resolution "encourages" all county businesses except taverns to remove cigarette vending machines, especially those easily accessible to minors.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1994
State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said yesterday that his office will help Howard County's legal staff defend against a $1.5 million lawsuit filed against the county by a powerful tobacco lobbyist.Bruce C. Bereano, a lobbyist for the Tobacco Institute, filed the suit yesterday morning in Howard Circuit Court after the County Council voted 4-1 Monday night to urge local businesses to get rid of cigarette vending machines, especially those that are accessible to minors."We feel the tobacco lobby people are very wrong on this issue," Mr. Curran said.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1994
"TC The County Council ignored the threat of a lawsuit from a powerful tobacco lobbyist last night and approved a resolution encouraging all county businesses except taverns to get rid of cigarette vending machines -- especially those accessible to minors."The council acted outside its authority and jurisdiction," tobacco lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano said after the 4-1 vote. "There are fiscal consequences for the reckless, illegal action."Mr. Bereano said he will file a $1.5 million suit today against the county government."
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | April 24, 1994
Since a month before she turned 16, Anne Dawson hasn't been able to resist the Marlboro Man. She's been smoking a $2.20 pack of Marlboro cigarettes each day for more than two years."
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Sun Staff Writer | March 31, 1994
Armed with a new legal opinion, Howard County Council members plan to test their mettle again next month against tobacco lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano.They have put a resolution on their April docket that is virtually identical to one they backed away from March 7 when Mr. Bereano filed a $1.5 million suit against the council.The resolution urges business owners to get rid of their cigarette vending machines, especially those that are accessible to minors. The only difference between this resolution and the one the council abandoned March 7 is that taverns are not included in the request.
NEWS
October 1, 1993
Some Maryland legislators are horrified at putting lottery vending machines in places where kids can use them. Let's see how upset they get at permitting cigarette vending machines where children have access to them. After all, both gambling and nicotine can be addictive. Smoking is more so -- and it's got a good chance of being fatal, too.The issue arises from the recent decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals rejecting local ordinances in Takoma Park and Bowie requiring that cigarette machines be located only in places where children ordinarily would not have access to them.
NEWS
March 10, 1994
The fight against the tobacco industry has always been an up and down affair in Howard County. The latest evidence of that is in the County Council's decision to drop a resolution that would have encouraged county business owners to get rid of cigarette vending machines.The council did not have to retreat. But faced with two $1.5 million lawsuits brought by the tobacco industry's lawyer, Bruce C. Bereano, the council quickly scurried for cover.Mr. Bereano accomplished his goal even though his chance of success in court was in doubt.
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