Fontem Ventures/Imperial Tobacco Group Sues US E-cig Companies for Infringement

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Fontem Ventures B.V., a Netherlands-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group, a British multinational tobacco company headquartered in Bristol, United Kingdom and the world’s fourth-largest cigarette company, filed suit against the following US e-cigarette companies: NJOY, Spark Industries (Cig2O). Vapor Corp., LOEC (Blu Cig/Lorillard). FIN Branding/Victory E-cigs. CB Distributors (21st […]

Paraguay – consolidation

Recent rumors of consolidation now appear accurate with the recent news Tabesa has acquired cigarette manufacturers Veneto Tabacos and Monte Carlo. All factories are located close to Ciudad del Este. It remains to be seen if the factory operations will be consolidated too. Tabesa is by far the largest cigarette producer in Paraguay with a large diverse […]

RAI eyes Lorillard – again!

The UK Financial Times published an article today that Reynolds American (RAI,) the US holding company for RJR Reynolds Tobacco Company – is considering acquiring Lorillard Tobacco – effectivley merging the #2 and #3 tobacco companies in the USA. This is not new – but the timing is. Rumors of RAI acquiring Lorillard have been around for several years. Is […]

FDA has not made cigarettes safer:

Dr Michael Siegel recently commented the FDA has accomplished nothing to make cigaretes safer – citing as an example their recent denial of a substantial equivalence application. Read on…. For the first time, the FDA recently disapproved a Substantial Equivalence application, resulting in the withdrawal of four cigarette brands off the market (varants of Sutra Bidis). It has come to light that the FDA’s bold action […]

E-cigs – attempts to classify E-cigs as cigarettes under MSA

House Members Henry Waxman, Tom Harkin and Peter Welch are asking State Attorney Generals to classify e-cigs as cigarettes so they fall under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA.) The main reason cited is using the MSA provisions to prevent advertising and marketing of e-cigs – particularly to youth and children. They cite a recent CDC study […]

E-cigs – the regulatory dilemma….

In case you’re still undecided – E-cigs are here to stay. And we’d all better get used to it - Health Regulators and policy advocates included. Befuddled Regulatory Health advocacy thinking demonstrates how truely difficult it is to develop a clear regulatory policy – or even if one is really needed? Some want an outright ban – but is this even […]

The future of exhibitions?

These days pre-show rumors that the next tobacco exhibition will be cancelled are rife – and increasingly accurate. The lastest victim was the joint Inter-Tabac / ProTobex tobacco exhibition scheduled for Bali February 27/28 – cancelled earlier the same week. The Balinese police rescinded their approval at the last minute. Their exact reasons are unclear, although it was mentioned Bali has […]

Altria To Acquire Green Smoke Inc.

Altria Group Inc. is set to acquire electronic cigarette company Green Smoke Inc. for about $110 million, ABC News reported. The Richmond, Va.-based owner of Philip Morris USA announced that the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. The deal with Altria’s Nu Mark subsidiary also includes up to $20 million in incentive payments. Altria […]