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  • "The FDA's job is to ensure tobacco products are not marketed in a way that leads consumers to believe cigarettes with descriptors like' additive-free' and' natural' pose fewer health risks than other cigarettes, unless the claims have been scientifically supported," Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's tobacco products division, said in a statement.

  • FDA issues warning letters to "natural" tobacco makers Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to the makers of Winston, Natural Spirit and Nat Sherman cigarettes over their "additive-free" and "natural" label claims. The agency issued the warnings to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman's 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. The issue over the claims is that they may lead...

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Health officials in Britain have for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes, saying they are 95 percent safer than tobacco equivalents and even suggesting doctors should be able to prescribe the "game-changing" devices to smokers trying to quit. Governments from California to India have tried to regulate their use more strictly, many fearing they...

  • LONDON, June 2- European shares edged lower on Tuesday, keeping within their recent range as investors awaited euro zone inflation data due later in the day and developments out of Greece's negotiations with creditors. Imperial Tobacco, down nearly 2 percent at 0732 GMT, weighed on the market after the UK group's Canadian subsidiary and two other tobacco...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- Reynolds American Inc won U.S. antitrust approval on Tuesday for its deal to buy smaller rival Lorillard in a deal that would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. cigarette companies. Reynolds, which makes Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, said in July it would buy Lorillard, which makes Newport, for $27.4 billion. Altria Group, which owns Marlboro, has a 47...

  • WASHINGTON, May 26- Reynolds American Inc won U.S. antitrust approval on Tuesday for its deal to buy smaller rival Lorillard in a deal that would combine the No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. cigarette companies. The Federal Trade Commission said it would allow the deal to go forward in condition that the companies sell four cigarette brands- Winston, Kool, Salem, and Maverick.

  • May 21- Camel cigarette brand owner Reynolds American Inc's planned acquisition of smaller rival Lorillard Inc is expected to receive U.S. antitrust clearance as soon as next week, the Wall Street Journal said. While Reynolds American and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission declined to comment, Lorillard was not immediately available. Reynolds, which will get...

  • FTC weighing Reynolds-Lorillard settlement: Report Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 5:26 PM ET
    Packs of Camel cigarettes, manufactured by Reynolds American, are shown on a newsstand counter in London.

    The Federal Trade Commission is considering allowing a merger between Reynolds American and Lorillard, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • UK's FTSE ends strong first quarter with sharp drop Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 1.7 pct. The FTSE was down 115.11 points, or 1.7 percent, at 6,776.32 points at 1318 GMT but remained up 3.2 percent this year, heading for its biggest quarterly gain since the end of 2013.. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 24 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 3.7 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco and a 2.8 percent fall in British...

  • *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.

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • Vote to ban branded cigarette packs sparks row Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    An illustration of how a UK cigarette packet would look if the plain packaging regulations were introduced.

    British politicians are expected to approve laws to enforce plain, standardized packaging for cigarettes.

  • LONDON, March 11- Britain's parliament approved legislation on Wednesday to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry. "We want all children in our country to grow up free from the burden of disease that tobacco brings," Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said in a statement,...

  • Europe ends higher; Renault, Credit Suisse surge Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    European equities ended higher on Thursday as investors cheering a peace deal agreed between Ukraine and Russia.

  • Europe closes slightly higher after US payrolls Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    European equities ticked higher on Friday after a strong U.S. jobs data, while Greece's talks with Germany were met with mixed success.

  • 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.

  • Value of worldwide M&A hits $2 trillion this year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • 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.

  • The real winner in the Lorillard takeover: BAT Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    Reynolds American's purchase of Lorillard has plenty of benefits for the rival U.S. firms, but the real winner is British American Tobacco.

  • 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.