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Swisher sets up vapor business

Swisher sets up vapor business

| February 24, 2015

Swisher International is creating a new company, E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) to develop, market and distribute for the rapidly growing vapor market. Swisher’s senior vice president for sales and marketing will serve as the CEO of EAS. “We have been carefully reviewing the e-cigarette space for a while through market research, customer feedback and in-depth reviews […]

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Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

Wording dispute over tobacco companies’ mea culpa

| February 24, 2015

The US’ biggest tobacco companies have asked a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered ‘advertisements’ saying they lied about the dangers of smoking, according to an Associated Press story. The companies told a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington that they are ready and willing to pass […]

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MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

MEP opposes Commission’s e-cigarette tax plans

| February 24, 2015

The member of the European Parliament representing North West England, Paul Nuttall, has spoken out against news that the European Commission is ‘considering hiking up tax on healthier electronic cigarettes,’ according to a note posted on the website of the UKIP party, of which Nuttall is deputy leader. The Commission is said to have asked […]

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South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

South Korea holding the line on huge price increases

| February 24, 2015

In the face of widespread opposition, a senior politician in South Korea on Monday took a step back from his efforts to introduce low-price cigarettes, according to a story in The Korea Times. Ruling Saenuri Party floor leader, Representative Yoo Seong-min, had instructed the party’s policy committee on February 17 to review ways to introduce […]

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Timing of SC share acquisition proposal ‘compelling’

Timing of SC share acquisition proposal ‘compelling’

| February 24, 2015

British American Tobacco is evaluating a possible public tender offer to acquire up to all of the 24.7 percent of Souza Cruz shares that are not owned by BAT, and to delist the company. In a press note posted on its website yesterday, BAT said any offer for Souza Cruz’s shares would be at a […]

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Learning to appreciate nicotine

Learning to appreciate nicotine

| February 23, 2015

A nicotine metabolite once thought to be inactive, cotinine, in fact supports learning and memory by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, according to a piece in science20.com quoting a new study. The new findings apparently indicate cotinine makes brain receptors more sensitive to lower levels of the messenger acetylcholine, […]

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