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  • European stocks ended sharply lower on Thursday, as bank and commodity stocks sold off and investors remained jittery over the global economy's health.

  • Big Tobacco faces blow from EU Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015 | 10:34 AM ET
    A pile of Benson & Hedges Gold cigarettes, produced by British American Tobacco Plc.

    An adviser to Europe's highest court said an EU law on cigarettes was valid, rebuffing a challenge from British American Tobacco.

  • LUXEMBOURG/ LONDON, Dec 23- An adviser to Europe's highest court said an EU law on cigarettes was valid, rebuffing a challenge from Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, though the court still has to deliver a final ruling. The opinion, if adopted by the court in Luxembourg, would be a blow to Big Tobacco companies, which had lobbied vigorously...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Imperial Tobacco Group plans to drop "tobacco" from its name and call itself Imperial Brands, which is more in keeping with its business now, it said on Tuesday. Imperial's portfolio spans cigarettes, including Gauloises and Davidoff, the Tabacalarea cigar business, the Fontem Ventures e-cigarette business and the Logista logistics business.

  • THE HAGUE, Dec 11- Electronic cigarettes and water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, after finding that the devices were more damaging to health than expected. Tobacco companies, including BAT, Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, are all jostling for position in the emerging vaping...

  • Companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group are challenging the legislation because it will prohibit all forms of branding on tobacco packaging, including colors and logos. "Smoking is catastrophic for your health and kills over 100,000 people every year in the UK," said...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Big Tobacco took the British government to court on Thursday, arguing that the UK's "plain packaging" law which will take effect next May, unlawfully takes away its intellectual property. Companies including Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco Group are challenging the...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 7- Russia is considering a bill to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18 as part of an ongoing drive to improve public health in a nation of heavy smokers. Japan Tobacco Inc, Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco together control 90 percent of the $16 billion Russian cigarette market, based on 2014 results,...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- British American Tobacco plans to test a hybrid product that combines tobacco and e-cigarette technology next week in a European market, a senior executive said on Wednesday. The test is the latest in a line of cigarette alternatives sold by big tobacco firms like BAT, Philip Morris International, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, who are...

  • Imperial Tobacco says well placed for 2016 Tuesday, 3 Nov 2015 | 2:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 3- Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group said it was well placed to meet expectations for the 2016 financial year after it reported an acceleration in underlying tobacco net revenue for the end to its 2015 year. The maker of cigarettes such as Gauloises and Davidoff said underlying tobacco net revenue was up 3.1 percent in the year to Sept. 30, up from the...

  • TORONTO, Oct 27- A Canadian appeal court on Tuesday ordered two major tobacco companies to set aside a combined C $984 million while they challenge billions of dollars in damages awarded to smokers in the province of Quebec. The more than C $15 billion in damages awarded in June, if upheld in an appeal of two class-action lawsuits, would compensate some 100,000...

  • The lawsuit brought by subsidiaries of Imperial Tobacco Group, Reynolds American Inc and Altria against the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is the second this year over the directive. Tobacco companies withdrew an earlier lawsuit in June after the FDA said it would hold off on enforcement actions while it considered additional...

  • "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.

  • 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...

  • Europe ends sharply higher after hints of Greece deal Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    European stock markets ended sharply higher Wednesday after hints that Greece may have edge closer to finalizing a deal with its euro zone creditors.

  • Europe shares end mostly higher as euro rallies Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Earnings report

    European equities closed mostly higher on Wednesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings reports and data, as the euro rallied against the dollar.

  • ISIS fight hits Imperial Tobacco results Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    Imperial Tobacco's underlying net revenue took a 3 percent hit in its growth markets due to instability in Iraq in the 6 months to March.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.