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  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Three major U.S. tobacco companies- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA- will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers...

  • Tobacco giants settle smoking lawsuits for $100M Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
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    Three major U.S. tobacco companies will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, Lorillard Inc and Altria Group's Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs' lawyers on Wednesday. The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida...

  • DUBLIN, Feb 17- Ireland is to proceed with plans for a law requiring tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packets, legislation that has prompted a threat of legal action from Japan Tobacco International. Ireland said in 2013 it wanted to become the first country in the European Union to ban branding on cigarette packages. Australia introduced a ban a few...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Imperial Tobacco Group reported a 4 percent decline in underlying tobacco volumes for its fiscal first quarter, in line with its broader markets, and stood by its outlook for the year. It blamed the timing of price increases, reduced trading in Iraq and lower sales of mass-market cigars in the United States ahead of a brand relaunch.

  • Reynolds America CEO: Fantastic Q4   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    Reynolds America CEO: Fantastic Q4

    Discussing Reynolds America's "fantastic" 4th quarter and strong year overall, with CEO Susan Cameron.

  • Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. In a note to staff, Hamburg said it was "with very mixed emotions" that she planned to step down at the end of March and that her tenure as FDA chief "has been the most rewarding of my career." Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is...

  • FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao declined to comment. Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is named, said a second person familiar with the matter.

  • The CNBC Crowdfinance Vice Average Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
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    This list represents the largest capital commitments raised by private U.S. companies actively listed on equity crowdfunding platforms.

  • Marlboro maker Altria's profit more than doubles Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 12:01 PM ET
    Altria

    Marlboro maker Altria's profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter on higher cigarette prices and lower costs for paying down debt.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend's advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. E-cigarette makers in the United States are barred from explicitly marketing the products as smoking cessation devices, but have found ways to appeal legally to smokers who...

  • Jan 28- Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American Inc's shareholders approved its $25 billion acquisition of Newport menthol cigarette maker Lorillard Inc, a deal that would combine the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette companies. A combination of Reynolds and Lorillard would create an entity that would control about 40 percent of the U.S. cigarettes market.

  • Reynolds American shareholders approve to buy Lorillard Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    Jan 28- Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American Inc's shareholders approved its $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc.. The proposed deal, which was announced last July, has attracted intense antitrust scrutiny as it seeks to combine the No.2 and No.3 U.S. cigarette makers. About 451 million of Reynolds' outstanding shares were voted in...

  • Mouth strips only on sale in Manchester and online for now. LONDON, Jan 25- Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

  • Imperial Tobacco launches caffeinated mouth strips Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 9:39 AM ET

    *Mouth strips only on sale in Manchester and online for now. LONDON, Jan 25- Imperial Tobacco Group, the world's third largest cigarette maker, is moving into caffeine as more people kick the deadly smoking habit, launching a melt-in-your-mouth strip designed to give an energy boost in seconds. For now it is only sold in the English city of Manchester and online.

  • Here's what $100 gets you in Cuba Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:21 PM ET
    A woman lights a hand rolled cigar in Havana, Cuba.

    New rules allow U.S. travelers to bring back $100 worth of rum and cigars from Cuba. So how far does $100 bucks go in Havana?

  • LONDON, Jan 22- The British government plans to introduce a law before May forcing tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England, ending years of debate and lobbying. The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would emulate Australia, which two...

  • Smoking costs up to $2M over your life: Report Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:01 AM ET
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    Smoking costs the average smoker at least $1.1 million over a lifetime, according to a new analysis, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.

  • INSIGHT-The smoke around e-cig science Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Wide variety of e-cigs a problem for researchers. *Tobacco firms join e-cig companies in sponsoring research. LONDON, Jan 22- From Apple Pie to Bubbly Bubble Gum, Irish Car Bomb or Martian bar- from Mars!

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The British government said on Wednesday it would try to pass a law to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England before May, ending years of debate and lobbying over the issue. The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would...