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  • 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— Government advisers recommended against a proposal by Swedish Match to market its smokeless tobacco pouches as less harmful than cigarettes and other tobacco products. Swedish Match has asked the FDA to drop those warnings from its U.S. offerings, including brands such as Longhorn, Timber Wolf and General snus. Stockholm- based Swedish Match also...

  • 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...

  • FDA questions evidence for lower-risk tobacco product Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    The FDA has scheduled a two-day meeting to review Swedish Match's data intended to show that snus do not carry the same risks of mouth cancer, gum disease and tooth loss as other tobacco products. Swedish Match also wants FDA clearance to remove a warning about mouth cancer from its product. Among other changes, Swedish Match wants the FDA to permit dropping...

  • Former Virginia tobacco executive faces tax charges Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    ROANOKE, Va.— The former president of a South Boston tobacco company has been charged with evading taxes, lying on legally required paperwork and using corporate money for personal items. Records in U.S. District Court in Roanoke do not list an attorney for Farley. The wire fraud charges pertain to Farley's alleged misuse of company money, including nearly...

  • 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...

  • NEW YORK, March 12- Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 or 25 years old would significantly reduce their use and tobacco-related illnesses in the United States, a study published Thursday found, suggesting that states and local authorities should consider passing such laws. Four states- Alabama, Alaska, New Jersey and Utah- have increased...

  • Dollar General sales rise 10 pct Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 7:11 AM ET

    March 12- Dollar General Stores Inc reported a 9.9 percent rise in quarterly sales, helped by higher sales of tobacco products and food items such as candy and snacks. Net income rose to $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, from $322.2 million, or $1.01 per share, a year earlier. Dollar General also authorized a $1 billion share...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Law professors from across the United States urged lawmakers to keep rules to protect foreign investors out of trade pacts on Wednesday, warning they would give big companies too much power. United Nations figures show investor-state claims have jumped since 2002, with high-profile cases such as a challenge by tobacco company Philip...