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  • FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The federal government wants to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued Thursday would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

  • At a Glance: Electronic cigarettes Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES: The battery-powered devices made of plastic or metal heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Some models are disposable, and some are designed to be refilled with cartridges or tanks containing what enthusiasts call "e-juice."

  • Timeline of electronic cigarettes milestones Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 AM ET

    January 2010: Federal judge rules that the FDA can't stop those shipments, saying the agency had overstepped its authority. December 2010: Federal appeals court rules e-cigarettes should be regulated as tobacco products by the FDA rather than as drug-delivery devices. July 2011: FDA announces intent to have e-cigarette regulations proposed by October 2011.

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    "When finalized would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA," said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

  • Court-ordered tobacco ads will include black media Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.

  • Reynolds American 1Q profit falls more than 28 pct Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Reynolds American Inc.' s first-quarter profit fell more than 28 percent as the company sold fewer cigarettes and spent more on expanding its electronic cigarette brand and legal costs.

  • E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. Regulators aim to answer the burning question posed by Kenneth Warner, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health: "Is this going to be the disruptive technology that finally takes us in the direction of getting rid of cigarettes?"

  • News Summary: Philip Morris Int'l 1Q profit falls Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:21 AM ET

    THE RESULTS: Philip Morris International Inc.' s first-quarter profit dropped nearly 12 percent to $1.88 billion as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.

  • Tobacco supplier Universal to enter food business Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    Richmond, Va.- based Universal Corp. is opening a new juice and dehydration facility in North Carolina that will initially focus on sweet potatoes. The new subsidiary, Carolina Innovative Food Ingredients Inc., expects to invest about $20 million over two years into the facility.

  • Philip Morris Int'l 1Q profit falls nearly 12 pct Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Virginia— Philip Morris International's first-quarter profit dropped nearly 12 percent as cigarette sales fell in the overseas markets that it serves and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S. dollar.

  • Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.

  • Reynolds brings back Susan Cameron as CEO Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Reynolds American has elected board member and former leader Susan Cameron as president and CEO of the tobacco company. She replaces Daniel Delen who is retiring and resigning from the board. Reynolds American Inc. is the Winston-Salem, N.C.- based parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and several other tobacco companies.

  • Tobacco cos. make payments under state settlement Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— The nation's top cigarette makers said Tuesday they have made about $6 billion in annual payments as part of a longstanding settlement in which some companies are paying states for smoking-related health care costs.

  • Passenger claims Air Canada let man 'vape' onboard Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    Air Canada plane

    A man may have been allowed to use an electronic cigarette on a flights from Calgary to Toronto.

  • Congressional report presses for e-cigarette rules Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    A 2009 law gave the FDA the power to regulate a number of aspects of tobacco marketing and manufacturing, though it cannot ban nicotine or cigarettes outright. The proposed FDA regulation was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review in October.

  • SEOUL, April 14- South Korea's state health insurer is seeking an initial 53.7 billion won from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking.

  • SEOUL, April 14- South Korea's state health insurer said on Monday it was seeking an initial 53.7 billion won from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking. Philip Morris was not immediately available for comment.

  • PHILADELPHIA, April 10- A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies.

  • E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 3- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.

  • LONDON, April 3- Britain plans to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding to improve public health and cut the number of child smokers, a government minister said on Thursday, dismaying the industry and delighting anti-smoking campaigners.

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