Falling Tobacco Demand Spurs Philip Morris, Altria to Talk Merger

Deal would put Marlboro owners back together as they struggle with declining smoking rates Source: https://www.wsj.com/ By Jennifer Maloney and Cara Lombardo Aug. 27, 2019 Marlboro makers Philip Morris International Inc. PM -7.76% and Altria MO -3.97% Group Inc. are in advanced talks to merge, a potential blockbuster deal that would reunite two tobacco giants…

An efficiently-taxed alcohol market serves Illinois well

Source: https://www.dailyherald.com/ Karin Matura 8/20/2019 Costa Rican officials recently confirmed that 19 people have died from drinking tainted alcohol. The Dominican Republic is also investigating deaths that may be alcohol-related. How does this happen? How can we be sure that what we are consuming is in fact what the label says it is, and nothing…

Liquor Ties Wine as Second-Favorite Adult Beverage in U.S.

Beer still tops wine and liquor as drinkers’ favorite adult beverage Percentage naming liquor rises to 29%, nearly tying wine at 30% Percentage who drink at all holding steady at 65% Source: https://news.gallup.com/ August 11, 2019 Beer continues to be the alcoholic beverage U.S. drinkers say they drink most often; but, for the first time…

Liquor Ties Wine as Second-Favorite Adult Beverage in U.S.

Beer still tops wine and liquor as drinkers’ favorite adult beverage Percentage naming liquor rises to 29%, nearly tying wine at 30% Percentage who drink at all holding steady at 65% Source: https://news.gallup.com/ August 11, 2019 Beer continues to be the alcoholic beverage U.S. drinkers say they drink most often; but, for the first time…

What to Say When You See a Pregnant Woman Drinking Alcohol

The appropriateness of unsolicited advice. Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ Aug 04, 2019 We have all seen it: an obviously pregnant woman smoking a cigarette, drinking a beer-or both. The sight is upsetting, and perhaps you feel compelled to act. But assuming the woman is not carrying your child, or is not your daughter, sister, or best friend,…

ABL Updates: June 2019

New Overtime Threshold Proposed…The U.S. Labor Department has announced its long-awaited proposed overtime threshold, raising the minimum salary exemption to $35,308 per year.  Currently, employees with an annual salary below $23,660 must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week.  Workers making less than the $35,308 threshold would automatically be eligible…