E-cig rules draw more than 70,000 comments

By Tim Devaney   Tobacco companies and public health officials are debating the health consequences of using electronic cigarettes, as the comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s new e-cigarette regulations closed Friday. A group of public health organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, are asking the FDA to strengthen the regulations […]

Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $27.4 Billion

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and CHAD BRAY JULY 15, 2014 7:18 AM New York Times Reynolds American agreed on Tuesday to buy its smaller rival, Lorillard, for $27.4 billion, uniting two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers in a bet that bigger is safer in a declining industry. Under the terms of the deal, Reynolds […]

Reynolds in Talks to Acquire Lorillard in Merger of Tobacco Rivals

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/11/imperial-tobacco-in-talks-to-acquire-brands-from-reynolds-and-lorillard/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0   NYT NOW Reynolds in Talks to Acquire Lorillard in Merger of Tobacco Rivals By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and CHAD BRAY July 11, 2014 4:33 am Hoping to combat a decades-long slump in smoking, two of the biggest American tobacco companies said on Friday that they were in talks to merge and create […]

FDA extending comment period on e-cigarette rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots […]

It’s Official: Big Pharma is Lobbying Against Electronic Cigarettes- Dr. Michael Siegel

I have long argued that tobacco control advocates who have financial ties to Big Pharma must disclose these ties if they opine about national strategies for electronic cigarette regulation because these ties represent a conflict of interest. My argument was based on the premise that electronic cigarettes represent a major form of market competition with […]

Swedish Match submits 100,000+ page Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application to FDA to truthfully market General Snus to smokers as less hazardous alternative to cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. — Copyright 2014 The Associated Press- Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the Food and Drug Administration to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The company with its North American headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, is filing an application with the FDA to approve the snus (pronounced “snoose”) […]

The C-Store Pipe-Tobacco Opportunity

The C-Store Pipe-Tobacco Opportunity Are retailers missing out on one of tobacco’s greatest growth segments? By  Melissa Vonder Haar, Tobacco Editor http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/c-store-pipe-tobacco-opportunity OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The electronic-cigarette boom over the past couple of years has gotten plenty of attention. And while it may be impossible for any segment in the tobacco category to compete […]

Swedish Match Seeks FDA OK to Label Snus ‘Modified Risk’

Swedish Match Seeks FDA OK to Label Snus ‘Modified Risk’ Has filed application with Food & Drug Administration for General brand Published in CSP Daily News – http://www.cspnet.com/category-news/tobacco/articles/swedish-match-seeks-fda-ok-label-snus-modified-risk RICHMOND, Va. – Smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match is asking the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than […]