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1. $47 Billion Offer to Create World's Biggest Tobacco Company
- Monday, October 24, 2016
LONDON (AP) — British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades.
2. Tobacco Firms Get Partial Win Over Claims on Smoking Effects
- Monday, May 25, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) – America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
3. E-Cigarette Tech Takes Off as Regulation Looms
- Tuesday, December 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.
4. Feds Reviewing Reynolds Deal to Buy Lorillard
- Monday, September 1, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.
5. Big Tobacco Looks to Keep Pace With E-Cigarettes
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Tobacco companies are moving quickly to keep pace with the evolution of their industry by embracing the increasingly popular e-cigarettes and making them more available to consumers.
6. Reynolds Expanding E-Cigarette Production
- Monday, May 26, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Reynolds American Inc. is expanding its Tobaccoville, North Carolina, manufacturing complex as it plans national distribution of its Vuse brand electronic cigarette this summer, the company said Friday.
7. FDA Proposes First Regulations for E-Cigarettes
- Friday, April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
While the proposal being issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.
8. Court-Ordered Tobacco Ads Will Include Black Media
- Thursday, April 24, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) – The nation's tobacco companies and the Justice Department are including media outlets that target more of the black community in court-ordered advertisements that say the cigarette makers lied about the dangers of smoking, according to a brief filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Wednesday.
9. Vapor Haze of the Future
- Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Create A Cig, located in a strip mall on Poplar Avenue across from East High School, is not just an electronic cigarette retail store.
Walk inside and you feel like you are in a coffee house (notice the Jenga and Yahtzee games), in an ice cream parlor (not just 31 flavors, but a base of 250), and in a head shop – it smells rather like incense burning, and the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” from 1978 is playing through the speakers.
10. FDA: Menthol Cigarettes Likely Pose Health Risk
- Wednesday, July 24, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban the minty smokes – one of the few growth sectors of the shrinking cigarette business.
11. Judge Deciding if Stores Must Post Tobacco Apology
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge will soon decide whether your next tank of gas or bottle of soda comes with a free apology from the Marlboro man and Joe Camel.
A recent ruling ordering a multimedia blitz stating that the nation's largest tobacco companies lied about the dangers of smoking left open the possibility that retailers could be required to post large displays with the mea culpas.
12. Federal Review of Tobacco Products Grinds to a Halt
- Friday, December 14, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Talk about a smoke break.
Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.
13. Court Leaves Ruling Against Big Tobacco Intact
- Monday, July 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court on Friday left intact a court judgment that ordered tobacco companies to do corrective advertising about the dangers of smoking.
The companies sought to overturn a federal judge's order on grounds that the order had been superceded by a 2009 law that gave the Food and Drug Administration authority over the industry, including power to require graphic cigarette warnings.
14. Tobacco Firms Want Federal Court Decision Delayed
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – America's largest cigarette makers said Tuesday that the federal judge presiding over a decade-old lawsuit against the tobacco industry should delay her decision while other cases challenging new tobacco regulations are decided. The Justice Department, however, argued the case should move forward expeditiously.
15. Takeovers, Anticipated European Deal Lift Stocks
- Tuesday, October 25, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained steadily Monday on a round of corporate takeovers and reports that Europe's bailout fund will be larger than anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 130 points in the late afternoon. The Nasdaq composite index turned positive for the year.
16. Feds Say Drop in Cash Spent on Cigarette Promotion
- Tuesday, August 2, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The nation's top tobacco companies are spending less money on cigarette advertising and promotion and more money on promoting smokeless tobacco products, according to the latest data from the Federal Trade Commission.
17. Grisly Labels Not so Scary for Cigarette Sales
- Friday, July 8, 2011
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The nation's top tobacco companies' sales aren't expected to go up in smoke despite new grisly warning labels that are set to appear on U.S. cigarettes packs next year.
18. Government in New Dispute with Tobacco Companies
- Monday, February 7, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department is in a new dispute with the tobacco industry over the government's landmark lawsuit against the companies.
The government has prepared corrective statements it wants the companies to be forced to make about the health hazards from smoking. But the tobacco companies don't want those proposed statements put in the public record before they get a chance to review them.
19. Both Sides Take Tobacco Fight to Supreme Court
- Monday, February 22, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to allow the government to seek nearly $300 billion from the tobacco industry for a half-century of deception that "has cost the lives and damaged the health of untold millions of Americans."
20. What's In a Cigarette? FDA to Study Ingredients
- Wednesday, January 20, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products.
In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients.