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Archive Poison News: May 2009
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   Groom boozes to his death
  - The New Straits Times, May 26, 2009

  Taipei (Taiwan) - A Taiwanese groom who had too much wine and beer on his wedding day drank himself to death. The 35-year-old man, an insurance company worker, passed out at his home after much drinking with his 100 wedding guests at a high-end restaurant. He was sent to the hospital after his face turned black but died despite treatment.  

   Protest over smoking ban
  - The New Straits Times, May 25, 2009

  Hong Kong - Hundreds of restaurant and bar workers took the streets here to protest a smoking ban due to be implemented in July, saying it would put many of them out of business. In a series of demonstrations throughout the day, workers and owners of bars, nightclubs, bathhouses, massage establishments and mahjong parlours marched in driving rain to the Central Government Offices to voice their concerns.  

   US cigarette firms loses court appeal
  - The New Sunday Times, May 24, 2009

  Washington (U.S.A) - A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals has upheld requirements that manufacturers change the way they market cigarettes. The ruling bans labels such as “low tar”, “light”, “ultra-light” or “, “mild” since such cigarettes have been found no safer than others because of how people smoke them. The court ruled that companies must publish “corrective statements” in newspapers and on their websites on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking and nicotine.

Throughout the 10 years the case has been litigated, tobacco companies have denied committing fraud and said changes in how cigarettes are sold now make it impossible for them to act fraudulently in the future. They also argued the ban on labels like “light” would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Philip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria Group Inc, said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.

   100 years jail for poisoning his children
  - The Star, May 23, 2009

  Jonesboro (Georgia) U.S.A - A Georgia man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for poisoning his children to extort money from Campbell’s Soup Co. A jury found William Cunningham guilty on seven counts of aggravated assault for forcing the children in 2006 to eat soup laced with prescription drugs and lighter fluid. His 3-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter were hospitalized twice.  

   Suspected gas suicide sickens 18 in Japan
  - The Star, May 23, 2009

  Tokyo (Japan)- Eighteen people in a hotel were rushed to a hospital after poisonous fumes escaped from a room. According to a police report, Sapporo’s Emergency services was alerted of an unusual smell at the hotel and found a note on a bathroom door warning of hydrogen sulphide fumes. A man had apparently committed suicide.

Japan, which has one of the highest suicides rates in the world, has seen a number of cases in recent years of people killing themselves by making deadly gas with detergent.

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