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Will Reynolds-British American Merger be a Reality Soon?

The highly anticipated tobacco merger between Reynolds American Inc. RAI and British American Tobacco BTI seem to have cleared the antitrust hurdles from the U.S authorities. The two participating companies have announced that the U.S. Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission has not asked for any additional information regarding the proposed merger within the waiting period, which has now expired. However, the deal expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, is still subject to shareholder approval from the participating companies.

Stricter tobacco legislation enters into force

The changes moreover ban the advertising of tobacco and related products as well as the sale of tobacco products with characterising flavours.

Also being introduced is five-year licensing of tobacco vendors and stricter regulations for the promotion of tobacco products and for various non-standard tobacco and smoking products.

Also banned is the sale of confectioneries, snacks, toys and other items intended for minors in the shape of tobacco products.

Vaping firm VIP in administration with 265 jobs at risk

FRP Advisory has been appointed as administrator to Must Have Limited, which trades as VIP and has 165 retail stores across the UK.

VIP, which is based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, will continue trading and all 265 staff will be retained while FRP seeks a buyer for the business.

Its US owner, Electronic Cigarettes International Group (ECIG), said Must Have Limited was placed in administration after it was left unable to pay taxes of around three million US dollars (£2.5 million) to HM Revenue and Customs.

Survey sheds light on shocking truth about student smokers

PETALING JAYA: A 10-year-old in uniform takes a drag on his cigarette and the nicotine hits. For every five boys, there is one just like him, reveals the country’s first-of-its-kind study by the Health Ministry.

The habit is easy to feed, especially when cigarettes are blatantly being sold to students with little or no enforcement against the irres­ponsible sellers.

More than half of the students who participated in the recent survey got their smokes easily from supermarkets, grocery stores and roadside stalls.

Riverview man shaken up after battery explodes in pocket

A man from Riverview, N.B., is speaking out after his spare e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket, leaving him shaken and scared.

Wayne Walker says the incident left him with scars, which have since faded. But he say the memory remains fresh.

Just before Christmas he threw a spare battery in his pocket, along with his car keys and went to work.

All was normal until he saw the sparks.

Vaping laws update: Feds guilty of overreach but provinces need to butt out too

Thanks to a report from the Canadian Constitution Foundation analyzing vaping legislation in Canada, we know that the federal government receives a failing grade particularly for treating vaping the same as tobacco smoking, but how do the provinces stack up?

Last week, I reported on the CCF's recommendations for problematic legislation that treats vaping like tobacco smoking by not allowing minors to access products, not allowing product testing, in-store consultation, and restricting advertising that outlines the health benefits of vaping vs. smoking cigarettes.

Smoking hot! Girls light up vape industry expo as they toke on latest electronic cigarettes in Russia

Hundreds of Russian e-cigarette smokers descended on Saint Petersburg this weekend to take party in the city's first ever event dedicated to vaping.

Women with tattoos and brightly-coloured hair were among those showing off their vaping skills at the Vapexpo Spb exhibition at the Lenexpo conference centre.

The event, which is dedicated to the vaping industry, offered electronic cigarette fans the chance to try out different brands of devices and e-liquids, as well as to improve their vaping skills.

E-cigarette use falls for the first time as MPs launch inquiry into whether use of the devices should be restricted

Electronic cigarette use has fallen for the first time among smokers, as a select committee has announced an inquiry into the devices.

Following studies linking e-cigarettes with cancer and infertility, the House of Commons science and technology committee will take evidence on how they affect human health.

Trump’s Proposed Pot Crackdown Is Out Of Step With Voters, Including Many Republicans

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The Republican Party controls the legislative and executive branch for the first time since the 109th Congress. Understandably, leadership is anxious to push forward an agenda that comports with longstanding conservative principles of limited government as well as with the President’s populist rhetoric. Advocating for marijuana policy reform ought to be part of this federal agenda. Here’s why.

Trump Administration’s dubious claims about pot and opioids are dead wrong

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The Trump administration hinted yesterday of a forthcoming federal crackdown in the eight states that have elected to regulate their marijuana markets. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer alleges that such federal intrusion is necessary in order to try and stem the rising tide of prescription opioid abuse sweeping across various parts of the nation.

White house hints at crackdown on recreational marijuana

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday suggested the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.

"I do believe that you'll see greater enforcement," Spicer said, while adding the exact policy is "a question for the Department of Justice."

It's the latest sign President Trump is poised to take a tougher approach than the Obama Justice Department did in states that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana.

BAT looks to double its vaping markets

Feb 23 (Reuters) - British American Tobacco wants to double the number of countries where it sells vaping products this year and again in 2018, it said on Thursday, as it chases rivals Philip Morris International to grab a share of a growing market.

BAT and Philip Morris were the first of the big tobacco firms to invest in cigarette alternatives a few year back, as growing health consciousness reduces traditional smoking.

E-Tobacco: What’s Next?

C-stores remain cautious with regards to what direction the e-cigarette and vaping industry is headed this year.

By Anne Baye Ericksen

Between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations finally released last year and a bevy of new state taxes and regulations restricting who can sell or purchase tobacco and other-tobacco products, 2016 was a tumultuous year for e-cigarettes.

Twelve myths about e-cigarettes that failed to impress the TGA

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last week rejected an application to liberalise the scheduling of nicotine (see from page 71).

This prompted the predictable round of protests from proponents of e-cigarettes who have long touted them as the next public health wonder of the world, even as important as antibiotics.

But unlike antibiotics, which are heavily regulated, require a prescription, and must demonstrate both safety and efficacy to regulatory bodies, e-cigarettes and the liquids used in them are virtually unregulated.

Buy Philip Morris International For The Dividend

While technology stocks always seem to be sought after as the best opportunity for investors to earn incredible returns, it is dividend paying stocks like Altria (NYSE:MO) that have provided the best returns in the last few decades. In fact, from 1970-2016, Altria gave investors a total return of 505,704%, which amounts to an annual return of 20.4% over those 46 years. In 2008, Altria (then known as Philip Morris) separated its domestic operations from its international business, Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM).

Researchers find toxic metals in e-cigarette liquids

Since their emergence into the marketplace as an alternative to tobacco, health officials have been conflicted over e-cigarettes.

The nicotine delivery system contains chemicals, but not nearly as many as tobacco smoke. More troubling, perhaps, was the fact that little research had been done on nicotine vapor created by the devices.

But researchers have been busy catching up, and a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports finding high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.

Switching to e-cigarettes ‘substantially’ reduces toxins in the body

Scientists at University College London found that people who switched from regular to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months had ‘substantially’ lower levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances in their bodies.

During the study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, researchers analysed the saliva and urine of long-term e-cigarette and NRT users and compared them to those of cigarette smokers.

‘Dripping’ is dangerous trend for teens who vape, study says

SAN DIEGO -- One in four teens who vape say they've used e-cigarettes for an alternative technique known as "dripping," new research finds. Dripping produces thicker clouds of vapor, gives a stronger sensation in the throat and makes flavors taste better, according to a study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. "This study is the first systematic evaluation of the use of dripping among teens," said Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, lead author and a professor in the department of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Study finds high levels of toxic metals in e-cigarette liquids

A study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.

Europe E-cigarette and Vaporizer Device & After market - Vape Shop Analysis & Forecast, 2016-2022 - Research and Markets

DUBLIN--(Business Wire)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Europe E-cigarette and Vaporizer Device & After market - Vape Shop Analysis and Forecast, 2016-2022" report to their offering.

Gov. Kasich suggests increasing tax for vape products to 69 percent



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Governor John Kasich’s proposed budget has people across the state talking, especially about possible changes to how Ohioans are taxed.

Kasich’s plan would drastically increase the tax on e-cigarettes — a move that could put some companies out of business.

The House of Vape sits in a plaza off Market Street in Beaver Township.

The products sold inside, pipes and liquids, are already taxed at 17 percent. Under Kasich’s proposed state budget, the tax would increase to 69 percent.

British smokers are switching to e-cigarettes faster than anyone else in Europe

Since 2013, one person has switched from traditional smoking to so-called vaping every four minutes in the UK, according to new research from EY.

And now more than 2m British people vape, a total of 4.2 per cent of adults.

By contrast, the next highest penetration is in France, where just over 3 per cent use electronic products.

Read More: British American Tobacco shares fall three per cent on Reynolds deal news

GOP finally sees Vape law problems

After ignoring protests last year, then seeing a preliminary injunction issued by a U.S. District Court and an FBI investigation launched, Indiana House Republican leaders now want to overhaul a vape law that would have created a monopoly.

The law would have mandated a certification process that would create a monopoly for Mulhaupt’s, a Lafayette-based business. The law had been championed by state Sen. Ron Alting, who is — you guessed it — from Lafayette.

Luciano: Exploding vape device torches man's groin

Benjamin Ellington enjoyed smoking.

That is, in the traditional way. Not out of his front pocket.

But that's what happened to the Bushnell man when the battery from his vaping device exploded, according to a new lawsuit. The combustion triggered burns to his hand, thigh and genitals, causing "suffering and disfigurement," court documents claim.

Medical researchers divided on categorising of vaping products

JOHANNESBURG - Some medical researchers have argued that government will have a tough time regulating vaping products because they are difficult to categorise.

On Wednesday the Vapour Product Association held a panel discussion on the health implications of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco.

Government says vaping and normal cigarettes are the same and has expressed its intention to regulate accordingly.

On the issue of regulation, Dr Kgosi Letlape says government should consider already existing framework.

Call to ban sweet-flavoured e-cigarettes in Wales

Health officials are calling for a ban on the sale of confectionary-like flavours in e-cigarettes over concerns they appeal to children.

Public Health Wales said it could potentially lead to nicotine addiction in adult life.

It recommends restrictions on advertising e-cigarettes in all media regularly viewed by children.

A vaping company said it should be able to market itself as an "alternative to smoking".

Tobacco Product Use by Adults and Youth in the United States in 2013 and 14 (PATH Study)

On January 26, The New England Journal of Medicine published the paper, “Tobacco Product Use by Adults and Youth in the United States in 2013 and 14.” Information and access to the abstract are below.

PATH: More Than a Quarter of US Adults, Roughly 9 Percent US Youth Use Tobacco

The health hazards of vaping are overblown

It’s time to stop vilifying vaping. The scientific evidence is mounting that:

E-cigarettes are not a gateway drug that entice young people to take up smoking;
Vapour devices are at least as effective as other nicotine replacements products such as patches and gum in helping smokers quit;
Vapour from e-cigarettes contains significantly fewer toxins than smoke from tobacco cigarettes;
Second-hand exposure to vapour is far less harmful than exposure to second-hand smoke.


The people, the products, the progress and the trends that keep the vape business burning!

According to BDS Analytics, 2016 was a year of solid growth for the overall vape sector. In fact, judging by the company’s data for more than 600 dispensaries and more than 50 million transactions, Director of Operations Greg Shoenfeld said some vape sub-categories are exploding. For example, sales of vape cartridges in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington alone reached $146 million, a whopping 132-percent increase year-over-year.

Health Activists Urge E-Cigarette Ban to Protect "Clean Air"

Health officials are recommending a ban on using electronic cigarettes in Louisville, Ky., arguing the devices pose a threat to the city’s “clean air standards.”

GOP leaders pledge vape law overhaul, subject of FBI probe

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana’s vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.

The law, which is subject to a legal challenge, was passed in 2015 ostensibly to ensure that the nicotine-laced liquid consumed through vaping met safety standards. But it was amended last year in a way that effectively gave a Lafayette-based security company sole discretion to decide who could be certified to produce “e-liquid” in Indiana.

The War on E-Cigarettes & The Consequences of Partialism

If you've followed the news very closely, or even just skimmed it in the past year, you've likely noticed that there are many outlets "researching" and reporting on the negative effects of the E-Cigarette (or lack there of?).

The fact is that there are many who harbor their own agenda whether it be pro or anti e-cigarette, but what both sides mostly agree on is that traditional tobacco products have caused a simply massive amount of death over it's years of ruling the market for those who seek nicotine. The studies have been done. The science is clear.

Will 2017 Be Altria Group Inc.'s Worst Year Yet?

2016 was a strong year for Altria Group (NYSE: MO), with the stock jumping 20% to be among the best performers in the tobacco industry. Overall, the cigarette giant has done a good job of finding ways to maximize its profits, and there are reasons why bullish investors think that Altria could sustain its positive momentum in 2017. Yet Altria also faces challenges, and if it makes a misstep, then 2017 could easily become a nightmare year for the company. Let's take a look at what it would take to turn 2017 into Altria's worst year yet.

Big Study Linking Youth Vaping to Smoking Actually Contains Evidence To The Contrary

Electronic cigarettes are not hooking a new generation of American youth on tobacco and data suggests the devices are helping current youth smokers quit the habit.

A new study from the Virginia Commonwealth University claims that using e-cigarettes at a younger age people three times more likely to become a smoker. The researchers gloss over evidence from their own study, however, to make the claim, which they use as justification for more government restrictions on the practice.

Marijuana Sales Totaled $6.7 Billion In 2016

North American marijuana sales grew by an unprecedented 30% in 2016 to $6.7 billion as the legal market expands in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new report by Arcview Market Research.

North American sales are projected to top $20.2 billion by 2021 assuming a compound annual growth rate of 25%. The report includes Canada for the first time as it moves towards implementing legal adult use marijuana.

FDA Approval For iQOS To Be A Game Changer For Altria

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application for its electronically heated tobacco product, iQOS, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 5th. This was consistent with the company’s goal of submitting the application in 2016, and the company anticipates the FDA taking a minimum of 60 days to complete an administrative review of its application. Once iQOS gets a go ahead, Altria (NYSE:MO) will get exclusive rights to sell these products in the US.

Global E-cigarette Market 2016-2020: Research Report with detailed analysis on Key Vendors, Segmentation, Drivers, Challenges, Trends, Shares & Forecast to 2020

E-cigarette Market report 2016 focuses on the focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with Production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer from past years to 2020. E-cigarette research report also provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market.

E-cigarette Market to Grow at a CAGR of 24.33% by the period 2016-2020.

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US Surgeon General's misplaced call to arms against e-cigarettes

The U.S. Surgeon General has just released a new report on e-cigarettes which could be influential in further shaping U.S. vaping policy

The report itself is framed almost entirely by the concern about e-cigarette use by young people and, as a result, has virtually nothing to say about the impact of e-cigarettes on adults over the age of 18.

Shares Bringing Holiday Cheer For Investors: British American Tobacco p.l.c. (:BTI)

Shares of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (:BTI) have climbed in the previous month. During that time period, shares are up 3.57% which has provided some nice profits for investors who may be looking to take advantage of the recent gains. Focusing in on the past five trading days, shares have changed -0.28%. Year-to-date, the stock has performed 5.28%.

Surgeon general sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes

(CNN) - The nation's top doctor is sounding the alarm on e-cigarettes, especially when used by teens and young adults.

"These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and hookahs," wrote Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the US surgeon general, in a report released Thursday. In fact, use of e-cigarettes among high school students increased by 900% from 2011 to 2015, according to the report.

Is your state part of the war on vaping?

A new report from Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released this week called for the federal government to hit electronic cigarettes with high taxes, regulatory restrictions, limits on advertising for vaping products, and bans on the sale of some vaping products.

E-Cigarettes Might Be the Best Addiction to Have?

On Jan. 11, 1964, Dr. Luther Terry released the first report of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health. The report concluded that there was not merely an association between smoking and cancer, but a causal relationship.

Stock of The Day: Is British American Tobacco plc a Buy? The Stock Reaches 52-Week High Today

The stock of British American Tobacco plc (LON:BATS) hit a new 52-week high and has $4731.06 target or 7.00% above today’s $4421.55 share price. The 6 months bullish chart indicates low risk for the $82.43B company. The 1-year high was reported on Dec, 13 by Barchart.com. If the $4731.06 price target is reached, the company will be worth $5.77 billion more.

How the FDA Helped Philip Morris Crush the E-Cig Competition

Philip Morris International's (NYSE:PM) smoke-free future is coming to America. The global cigarette giant plans on marketing its next-generation electronic cigarette in the U.S. next year once it gains FDA approval, but its applications indicate just how much the regulatory agency is helping to protect the interests of the big tobacco companies by crushing the competition. The future of smoking

Imperial Brands must invest in new, safer heating products to compete with tobacco giants

The tobacco giant's reluctance to develop reduced risk materials could impact on long term growth after rival firms have poured billions into developing safer cigarette technology.

Warning Letters Sent to Four Tobacco Product Manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers—Swisher International Inc., Cheyenne International LLC, Prime Time International Co., and Southern Cross Tobacco Company Inc.—for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, which is a violation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).

Wajnert to retire from RAI board; Nowell elected lead director ; RAI declares quarterly cash dividend

Thomas C. Wajnert has notified the board of directors of Reynolds American Inc. that he will retire as a member of the board, effective Dec 31, 2016.

As previously announced on Oct. 19, Wajnert also will retire as non-executive chairmen effective Dec. 31, 2016 and Susan M. Cameron, currently RAI's president and CEO, will become executive chairman on Jan. 1, 2017 She will serve as executive chairman until May 1, 2017, when she is expected to become the non-executive chairman.

Next appropriations chairman likely to follow Republican party on AG policies

Republican leadership selected Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) last week to take over the House Appropriations Committee gavel from Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who is due to step down in January due to chairmanship term limits.

Republicans Should Snuff Out Deadly Tobacco Rules

Last month, Republican U.S. House leaders sent a pointed letter to federal agency heads warning them against finalizing “midnight regulations” — last-minute rules approved during a lame-duck session, without full oversight and hearings. Hastily approved regulations, they wrote, could have “unintended consequences” that “will harm consumers and businesses.”

Surgeon General sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes

The nation's top doctor is sounding the alarm on e-cigarettes, especially when used by teens and young adults.

JTI extends e-cigarette range with Logic LQD launch

JTI has expanded its range of electronic cigarettes with the introduction of Logic LQD – a new open tank device and range of e-liquids.

The company said the new device includes an “advanced refilling system that guarantees easy and precise e-liquid delivery”, alongside dual coil and variable voltage control offering “an enhanced and customisable vaping experience for users”.

Analysts showing optimistic trends for: British American Tobacco

In case of Revenue Estimates, 2 analysts have provided their consensus Average Revenue Estimates for British American Tobacco p.l.c. as 18.2 Billion. According to these analysts, the Low Revenue Estimate for British American Tobacco p.l.c. is 18.17 Billion and the High Revenue Estimate is 18.23 Billion. The company had Year Ago Sales of 20.02 Billion.

E-cigarette retailers, smokers weigh-in on new FDA regulations

Smokers turn to e-cigarettes as an alternative way to still get a buzz, but that may be under fire after FDA regulations went into effect this summer.

Since the FDA started regulating e-cigarettes, retailers and consumers alike have been affected negatively.

The prices of items have gone-up, the selection of juices has dropped, and people new to vaping are left in the dark.

Australia urged to consider permitting nicotine e-liquids

Next year could mark a breakthrough for the Australian e-cigarette market, with the regulator due to review a proposal that e-cigarettes could be allowed subject to a maximum nicotine concentration.

As the latest ECigIntelligence regulatory report makes clear, at present all nicotine-containing products for therapeutic use must be approved as “registered” medicines in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods before they can be marketed. To date, no such approval has been granted.

The smoke and mirrors of the anti-cigarette crusade

Colleges and universities are not the only institutions infantilizing young adults these days. State and local governments are, too. The latest example is the District of Columbia, which is about to raise the smoking age to 21. In doing so it will join California, Hawaii and more than 100 cities, including New York, Chicago and Cleveland.

HUD gets it right on smoking, FDA doesn't

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is being praised for a new policy on smoking, but not for reasons one might think.

HUD announced this week it will ban smoking in public housing. The administration emphasized what is common knowledge: that exposing people to secondhand smoke is hazardous. It also cited statistics showing the ban will save the government millions of dollars in repairs, preventable fires, and healthcare costs.

Philip Morris looks beyond cigarettes with alternative products

Philip Morris International (PM.N), the world's largest international tobacco company, said it could eventually stub out cigarette sales as it launched an alternative product in Britain on Wednesday.

Underlining the regulatory pressures facing the tobacco industry, a British court also on Wednesday rejected an appeal against new rules prohibiting the use of marketing such as logos or colors on cigarette packs.

Big Tobacco Opens Shops to Show Off Vaping Devices

British American Tobacco aims to educate customers on how to use its vapor product

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