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  • RICHMOND, Va.— Altria and Philip Morris International are expanding their research partnership to develop e-cigarette products. Altria Group Inc. would bring the products to market in the U.S., while Philip Morris would handle markets outside the U.S., where it sells traditional tobacco products. Philip Morris International Inc., a seller of Marlboro and other...

  • More than a dozen AGs, including those in New York, California, Indiana and Ohio, are using new state and local laws- some of which they helped craft- to put pressure on the industry at all levels, from neighborhood vape shops to big tobacco companies like Altria Group and Reynolds American Inc.. "The key is to avoid another generation being addicted to nicotine,"...

  • CVS quits Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    CVS quits Chamber of Commerce

    CVS Health quits the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over a dispute about tobacco.

  • July 7- CVS Health Corp said it was withdrawing its membership from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after media reports that the trade group was lobbying globally against anti-smoking laws. The No. 2 U.S. drugstore chain said it was "surprised" to read recent reports on the chamber's position on tobacco products outside the United States. The New York Times reported...

  • June 30- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking additional data and comments on liquid nicotine as it considers warning the public about the dangers of its exposure amid a rise in electronic cigarette use. More Americans are using e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, a Reuters/ Ipsos poll showed in June.

  • Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, biostatisticians and regulatory affairs experts. Altria Group Inc, makers of Marlboro, has recruited dozens of scientific and healthcare experts, as have independent...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Significantly more Americans are using electronic-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, but most of those consumers are also smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll. The findings support evidence that smokers are using both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to deliver...

  • NEW YORK, June 10- Significantly more Americans are using electronic-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices than a year ago, but most of those consumers are also smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll. The findings support evidence that smokers are using both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to deliver...

  • A French doctor, venture capitalist and founder of biotech company Abivax, Pouletty is working with Cuba's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology to develop a therapeutic vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis B that could be on the Asian market in two years and in Europe after that. Instead, Abivax agreed to buy vaccines at a predetermined price and pay...

  • Australian spending on tobacco goes up in smoke Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    SYDNEY, June 5- Australian spending on tobacco has tumbled to its lowest since at least 1959, a clear sign that ever rising taxes and laws forcing plain packaging on cigarette companies are pushing people off the habit. That amounts to less than A $132 for every Australian, slim pickings in a country where a packet costs upwards of A $22. Even going back to 1959, when...

  • Altria Group Inc, Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc dismissed their case after the FDA on May 29 said it would review whether to mandate advance approval for label alterations such as changes to logos and background colors, or the use of descriptors such as "premium tobacco." In their April lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the companies said...

  • Tobacco companies drop lawsuit vs FDA over labeling Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    In a filing with the federal court in Washington, D.C., units of Altria Group Inc, Reynolds American Inc and Lorillard Inc said they decided to dismiss their case after the FDA on May 29 said it would review a policy governing the labeling of tobacco products.

  • 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...

  • OTTAWA, June 1- Three tobacco companies said on Monday they would appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than C $15 billion in damages to Quebec smokers in two related class action cases. Imperial Tobacco Canada, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco PLC, JTI-Macdonald Corp, part of Japan Tobacco Inc Group and Rothmans, Benson& Hedges Inc- a subsidiary...

  • OTTAWA, June 1- Three tobacco companies said on Monday they would appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than C $15 billion in damages to Quebec smokers in two related class action cases. The damages would compensate about 100,000 Quebec smokers and ex-smokers who alleged that the companies knew they were selling a harmful product that was causing...

  • Reynolds deal comes out smoking Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Reynolds deal comes out smoking

    Reynolds American wins U.S. antitrust approval to buy rival Lorillard.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ruled that tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived the public over the health risks of cigarettes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the manufacturers on several other issues as it considered a long-running...

  • INSIGHT-Is nicotine all bad? Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 5:59 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel's fix is fruit-flavoured nicotine gum that comes in neat, pop-out strips. He gets through 12 to 15 pieces a day and says he has "packets of the stuff" stashed all over. Psychologists and tobacco-addiction specialists, including some in world-leading laboratories in Britain, think it's now time...