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US/WORLD: Smokeless Tobacco to Get Push by Venture Overseas
by Kevin HellikerWall Street Journal
February 4th, 2009
Swedish Match AB and Philip Morris International Inc. announced a joint venture Tuesday to market smokeless tobacco world-wide. The venture combines a world-wide giant in smokeless, Swedish Match, with the world's second-largest purveyor of cigarettes, PMI, an Altria Inc. spinoff.

US: Tobacco Trial Opens in Florida, First of Many Suits
by Associated PressWall Street Journal
February 3rd, 2009
The first of about 8,000 lawsuits blaming the health problems and deaths of Florida smokers on tobacco companies went to trial Tuesday. The key to the case is proving whether now-deceased Stuart Hess was addicted to cigarettes made by Richmond, Va.-based Philip Morris, a unit of Altria Group.

US: Altria Ruling Ignites Legal Moves
by BRENT KENDALLThe Wall Street Journal
December 21st, 2008
The Supreme Court's ruling last week allowing smokers in Maine to sue Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris unit for allegedly deceptive advertising of "light" cigarettes already is prompting new legal activity, including an effort to revive a multibillion-dollar case against the tobacco company that had been thrown out.

US: Altria Said to Be in Talks With Tobacco Maker UST
by ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and ANDREW MARTINThe New York Times
September 4th, 2008
Altria Group is in advanced talks to buy UST, the maker of the popular Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands, for more than $10 billion, people with close knowledge of the negotiations said late Thursday. The terms could not be learned.

US: Menthol Dose Manipulated, Study Says
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
July 17th, 2008
A new Harvard study claims that the tobacco industry in recent years has manipulated menthol levels in cigarettes to hook youngsters and maintain loyalty among smoking adults. The report could further inflame a controversy over menthol in pending tobacco legislation.

TOBACCO: Altria Drops New Filter Cigarettes, In Strategy Setback
by VANESSA O'CONNELLThe Wall Street Journal
June 23rd, 2008
The nation's largest cigarette maker, Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA, has failed in yet another attempt to sell Americans on a potentially safer cigarette, pulling the plug on Marlboro Ultra Smooth, a version of Marlboro that used a high-technology filter.

TOBACCO: FTC Counters Altria In 'Light' Cigarettes Case
by LAUREN POLLOCKThe Wall Street Journal
June 20th, 2008
The Federal Trade Commission is asking the Supreme Court to reject Altria Group Inc.'s argument that only that agency can regulate cigarette advertising, saying such an interpretation mischaracterizes the FTC's "scope and effect" on the issue.

TOBACCO: Profits in Hand, Wealthy Family Cuts Tobacco Tie
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 11th, 2008
Now, the next generation of Tisches has removed tobacco from the portfolio of the conglomerate they lead, the Loews Corporation, spinning off its tobacco unit, Lorillard, as a stand-alone business, with the Newport brand representing more than 90 percent of the new company’s revenue. The new stock began trading Tuesday, and analysts have said the new company might be a takeover target.

US: Calstrs May Remove Ban on Tobacco Stocks
by CRAIG KARMINThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
In a move that could reverberate throughout the fund industry, the nation's second-largest pension fund is considering lifting a nearly eight-year ban on tobacco investments.

US: Opposition to Menthol Cigarettes Grows
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
June 5th, 2008
The seven, from Democratic and Republican administrations, faxed a letter to members of the Senate and House of Representatives demanding that menthol-flavored cigarettes be banned just like various other cigarette flavorings the legislation would outlaw.

US: At One University, Tobacco Money Is a Secret
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
May 22nd, 2008
On campuses nationwide, professors and administrators have passionately debated whether their universities should accept money for research from tobacco companies. But not at Virginia Commonwealth University, a public institution in Richmond, Va.

US: Cigarette Bill Treats Menthol With Leniency
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
May 13th, 2008
Some public health experts are questioning why menthol, the most widely used cigarette flavoring and the most popular cigarette choice of African-American smokers, is receiving special protection as Congress tries to regulate tobacco for the first time.

UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe
BBC NEWS
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.

US: Reynolds Ads Oppose Move to Regulate Tobacco
by STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times
April 1st, 2008
As legislation moves through Congress that would empower the F.D.A. to regulate the tobacco industry, Reynolds, whose brands include Camel cigarettes, is attacking what it views as the bill’s vulnerability: a weak, overextended F.D.A.

US: Cigarette Company Paid for Lung Cancer Study
by GARDINER HARRISThe New York Times
March 26th, 2008
Prominent cancer researchers and journal editors, told of the foundation by The Times, said they were stunned to learn of Dr. Henschke’s association with Liggett.

US: Some Campuses Decide Tobacco Company Money Is ‘Tainted’
by ALAN FINDERThe New York Times
February 4th, 2008
Across academia, universities and graduate schools are wrestling with whether to accept financing from tobacco companies for research or student activities. In the past few years, 15 public health and medical schools have turned away donations from the industry; McCombs’ move was unusual because of its longstanding ties to an array of corporations.

US: Altria to spin off foreign cigarette unit March 28
by Vinnee TongAssociated Press
January 31st, 2008
Altria Group Inc. said Wednesday it would spin off its international tobacco business on March 28, freeing it to pursue cigarette sales more aggressively without ties to its U.S. counterpart - and U.S. regulatory oversight.

NIGERIA: Nigeria delays $44bn smoking case
by BBC NewsBBC
January 14th, 2008
A court in Nigeria has adjourned a multi-billion dollar lawsuit brought by the government against three major tobacco firms until March.

US: Nicotine boost was deliberate, study says
by Stephen SmithBoston Globe
January 18th, 2007
Data supplied by tobacco companies strongly suggest that in recent years manufacturers deliberately boosted nicotine levels in cigarettes to more effectively hook smokers, Harvard researchers conclude in a study being released today.

US: Tobacco Deal Haunts Contender for WHO Chief
by John Lyons and Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
October 24th, 2006
Julio Frenk was a finalist for the top job at the World Health Organization three years ago. The post is available again, but the Mexican health minister's latest campaign for the job may go up in smoke.

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