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  • *NTT Docomo hits 11- year high. TOKYO, Apr 23- Japanese stocks rose on Thursday as investors sought to pick up stock seen as undervalued and presenting positive earnings prospects, with the likes of Nomura Holdings and large cap Japan Tobacco surging on strong demand. Large-cap Japan Tobacco Inc was Tokyo's biggest gainer, climbing 4.8 percent.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— As 800,000 past and present tobacco farmers or their heirs seek part of a $340 million reserve held by a much-shrunken tobacco marketing cooperative, North Carolina's Supreme Court was asked Monday to decide if the group is simply too big and diverse for one class-action lawsuit. The court heard from attorneys about the fight over money built up...

  • April 16- Philip Morris International Inc's shares are on track for their best day in over six years after the maker of Marlboro cigarettes raised its full-year profit forecast as it sold more cigarettes at higher prices, especially in Europe. Philip Morris's shares rose as much as 8.3 percent on Thursday, their biggest intraday percentage gain since November...

  • Zimbabwe takes tobacco road to agriculture recovery Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:52 AM ET

    HARARE, April 15- Fifteen years after Zimbabwe's agriculture sector collapsed in the face of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms, its tobacco industry is again booming, with black farmers funded by private firms producing a near record crop. Production of tobacco, increasingly sold at a premium to China, was up 235 percent last year compared...

  • The FDA issued the guidelines to help clarify what changes require regulatory approval under the 2009 Tobacco Control Act. The guidelines go far beyond that authority, the plaintiffs said, by requiring FDA authorization to make any labeling changes that would render a product already on the market "distinct," like a name change. Although the FDA has framed the...

  • The FDA gained authority to regulate tobacco in 2009, including the power to pre-review new tobacco products that are significantly different from older ones already on the market. Last month the agency issued guidelines intended to help manufacturers determine which new products require FDA review. But the tobacco makers allege that the FDA is asserting...

  • NEW YORK, April 13- A U.S. appeals court on Monday refused to reconsider its April 2014 revival of a European Union lawsuit accusing R.J. By an 8-5 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York let stand a ruling by a three-judge panel allowing the EU to pursue claims that R.J. Reynolds is now part of Reynolds American Inc, the 2nd- largest U.S. tobacco company,...

  • April 10- Swedish Match AB should not be allowed to alter the warning label on its snus smokeless tobacco products to claim they are less harmful than cigarettes, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Friday. Stockholm- based Swedish Match is seeking FDA approval to remove warnings about mouth cancer, gum disease and tooth loss...

  • April 10- Swedish Match AB should not be allowed to alter the warning label on its snus smokeless tobacco products to claim they are less harmful than cigarettes, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 7- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it is concerned that a Swedish Match AB proposal to soften warnings on its snus smokeless tobacco products would not accurately reflect the risks associated with snus use. Stockholm- based Swedish Match is seeking FDA approval of language stating that its snus products are less risky...

  • WASHINGTON, April 2- In a decision that could reshape U.S. tobacco regulation, a health advisory panel will vote next week on whether Swedish Match AB, a Stockholm- based maker of smokeless tobacco products known as snus, can claim they are less harmful than cigarettes. The closely watched vote could pave the way for the first Food and Drug Administration approval...

  • E-cigarettes: The new gateway drug for teens? Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    E-cigarettes may have been marketed as a healthier option to cigarettes, yet, a new report shows that 1 in 5 U.K. teenagers have tried them.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.9 pct. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 16 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 2.4 percent fall in British American Tobacco and a 2.6 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco. Imperial Tobacco hit record highs earlier this month and is up 13 percent since the deal was announced.

  • March 26- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine-laced liquid to produce an inhalable vapor. Such data could have implications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed...

  • That's much longer than the warnings on traditional cigarette packs in the United States. Nicotine can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and cause dizziness, nausea and stomach pain, "says MarkTen, a leading brand in the United States. There is no required health warning on electronic cigarettes in the United States, so "we had to do what we thought was...

  • Gates, Bloomberg take on Big Tobacco with $4M fund Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 4:33 AM ET
    Michael Bloomberg

    Countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a fund created by Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg.

  • LONDON, March 18- Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg and Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, cited examples such as Uruguay, which since 2010 has been fighting a legal challenge...

  • LONDON, March 18- Developing countries facing potentially pricey legal challenges from big tobacco firms are to get help from a new $4 million fund created by the philanthropists Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg and Gates, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, cited examples such as Uruguay, which since 2010 has been fighting a legal challenge...

  • LONDON, March 16- Plans to ban branding on cigarette packaging in England passed their final legislative hurdle on Monday after lawmakers in Britain's upper house of parliament approved them, meaning firms will be forced to adopt plain, standardised packets. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government is introducing the measures after...

  • Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040 Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON, March 13- A world virtually free of tobacco and its devastating health consequences could be a reality within 30 years if governments showed political will and took stronger action against cigarette companies, health experts said on Friday. "A world where tobacco is out of sight, out of mind, and out of fashion-- yet not prohibited-- is achievable in less than...