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  • SEOUL, Sept 11- South Korea on Thursday proposed a tax hike as early as next year that would nearly double cigarette prices as the government tries to reduce one of the world's highest smoking rates among adult males. The proposal, which needs to be approved by parliament, sent shares in dominant tobacco maker, government-backed KT&G Corp, down more than 5 percent.

  • CVS CEO: Happy to say we are tobacco free  Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo sees CVS Health as a pharmacy innovation company that's helping people on the path to better health. Merlo weighs in on the company's corporate name change and the opportunity to play a bigger role in health care delivery.

  • CVS CEO defends ceasing tobacco sales Wednesday, 3 Sep 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    The nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

  • E-cigarettes may be forced out into cold Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    The stratospheric rise of vaping may be halted by increasing regulation.

  • 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.

  • Reynolds CEO: Transforming the tobacco industry  Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 4:22 PM ET

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reynolds to acquire rival Lorillard, ditch Kool Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    Reynolds American on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Lorillard in a deal the company valued at $27.4 billion.

  • Lorillard & Reynolds confirm merger talks  Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Tobacco companies Reynolds American and Lorillard have confirmed they're in merger talks. CNBC's David Faber takes a close look at the negotiations.

  • Lorillard and Reynolds American near merger Thursday, 3 Jul 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    Newport cigarettes, made by Lorillard Inc.

    Sources told CNBC that a Lorillard and Reynolds American merger is weeks away, although the companies have not fully negotiated terms.

  • E-cig potential is 'dramatic': Pro  Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    Tom Metzold, portfolio manager at Eaton Vance, says tobacco-maker will have to branch out of traditional cigarettes as the potential for e-cigarettes is "dramatic".

  • Marlboro maker suffers 'complex, atypical' year Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 6:45 AM ET
    Marlboro cigarettes, a product of Philip Morris International

    Philip Morris cut its 2014 earnings forecast saying it is proving to be a "complex and truly atypical" year for the company.

  • Risks to tobacco bonds  Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    Discussing the impact to big tobacco now that e-cigarettes are increasingly more popular, with Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute senior fellow, and Lee Munson, Portfolio Asset Management CIO.

  • UK doctors vote for broad, permanent cigarette ban Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    The British Medical Association voted on Tuesday in favor of a lifelong ban on cigarette sales to people born after 2000.

  • E-cigarettes could swiftly stub out tobacco bonds Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    The rapid growth of electronic cigarette sales poses a rising risk to holders of as much as $96 billion of bonds tied to payments tobacco companies.

  • Big tobacco companies crowd into e-cigarette biz Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    Electronic cigarettes, promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco, are getting powerful new backers: big tobacco firms. NYT reports.

  • Critics cry foul over lawmaker's sudden departure Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 12:14 PM ET
    Virginia State Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Russell

    Virginia state Sen. Phillip Puckett's resignation may bring new jobs for him and his daughter, but has angered fellow Democrats.