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  • LOS ANGELES, Aug 17- Biotech drug production techniques based on plants, which may prove to be faster, higher yielding and cheaper than current methods using mammalian cells, haven't caught on with the biggest pharmaceutical companies.

  • State AGs urge stricter e-cig regulations: Report Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | 2:21 PM ET
    A woman uses an electronic cigarette at the Vapor Shark store in Miami.

    Twenty-nine state attorneys general have urged the FDA to impose stricter regulations on e-cigarettes,similar to those of traditional cigarettes.

  • Reynolds American CEO confident of merger approval Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:24 PM ET
    A pack of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, is in a display rack in a newsstand in London.

    Susan Cameron is confident regulators will allow the tobacco giant to acquire Lorillard for $24.7 billion.

  • Trendy vapor tanks muscling into e-cigarette sales Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    A cult following is likely to grow as "vaping" becomes more fashionable and more stores, such as Walmart, carry the battery-powered metal tubes in a wide range of colors.

  • Susan Cameron, Reynolds American CEO, discusses the future of the tobacco industry and changing consumer preferences, with CNBC's Sara Eisen and Kelly Evans. Cameron is looking forward to a successful acquisition of Lorillard.

  • Lorillard e-cigarette sales slip as competition rises Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    July 30- Lorillard Inc. on Wednesday reported significant declines in its electronic cigarettes sales, raising questions about the strength of the nascent market. Sales of its electronic devices dropped 35 percent to $37 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 compared to $57 million for the same period last year.

  • Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue -report Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 10:27 PM ET

    The GAO estimated $2.6 billion to $3.7 billion in lost revenue from April 2009 to February 2014 as manufacturers exploited loopholes in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which raised taxes for smoking-tobacco products.

  • How tobacco firms saved billions via tax loophole Monday, 28 Jul 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    Reclassifying roll-you-own tobacco as pipe tobacco and small cigars as large ones saves the tobacco industry billions. NBC News reports.

  • U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the FDA reconstitute the committee and barred the agency from using the panel's findings, which said removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health.

  • U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ordered the FDA reconstitute the committee and barred the agency from using the panel's findings, which said removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health.

  • Big tobacco's $23B award unlikely to stand: Experts Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    A decision by a Florida jury to impose damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds is likely to be rejected or reduced on appeal, experts say.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday.

  • NEW YORK, July 20- A decision by a Florida jury to impose punitive damages of $23.6 billion against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company on Friday is likely to be rejected on appeal or the award reduced substantially, lawyers with expertise in jury awards said on Sunday. A Florida state court jury decided the award in a case brought by Cynthia Robinson of Pensacola.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 19- A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago record punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • Big tobacco's big drag: $24B jury award Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    A Florida jury has slammed a tobacco company with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker.

  • ORLANDO, Fla., July 19- A Florida jury has awarded the widow of a chain smoker who died of lung cancer punitive damages of more than $23 billion in her lawsuit against the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the nation's second-biggest cigarette maker.

  • What the Reynolds deal says about e-cig leader blu Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 5:28 PM ET
    A woman smoking a 'Blu' e-cigarette

    A huge merger between tobacco giants Reynolds American and Lorillard will see electronic cigarette leader blu go to another company.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 15- When Imperial Tobacco Group Plc agreed Tuesday to buy a group of brands from Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc as part of their merger, the British company insisted the assets include Lorillard's blu e-cigarette unit.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.

  • July 15- Reynolds American Inc's proposed $25 billion acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc shows how the tobacco company is placing its bets on the market for menthols even as a growing number of smokers opt for e-cigarettes.