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Wall Street Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
Liberty Flights, a British maker of electronic cigarettes, is facing a problem more associated with handbags than with nicotine vaporizers: counterfeiting.
New York Times  Feb 20  Comment 
Niconovum, a unit of Reynolds American, will work with a Pinney affiliate to develop a new kind of nicotine gum and other nicotine-replacement products like electronic cigarettes.
Clusterstock  Feb 18  Comment 
Cigarette consumption in the US has been on the decline in recent years. But historically, the tobacco business has been one America's most profitable industries. And within the tobacco industry, Altria is a behemoth. The company controls 51% of...
Wall Street Journal  Feb 18  Comment 
United Parcel Service was accused by New York of shipping more than 136 million contraband cigarettes across the state over the past five years.
Jutia Group  Feb 18  Comment 
[Reuters] - New York city and state plan to sue United Parcel Service Inc. on Wednesday, seeking over $180 million in damages and penalties against the shipping company for allegedly delivering nearly 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes across...
Clusterstock  Feb 15  Comment 
Last summer Eric Garner died after a New York cop put him in a chokehold. His crime was selling “loosies”, or untaxed cigarettes. Smuggling is common in New York: 58% of cigarettes smoked in the state are contraband. The reason is that...
guardian.co.uk  Feb 14  Comment 
Tobacco giant Philip Morris insisted on seeing academics’ paper before it was published A bitter academic row has triggered calls for a leading university to withdraw two key scientific papers sponsored by “big tobacco” and used to make the...
Wall Street Journal  Jan 31  Comment 
As the Food and Drug Administration continues to figure out how to regulate the rapidly accelerating use of electronic cigarettes, states are taking matters into their own hands.
MarketWatch  Jan 29  Comment 
California plans to launch a statewide campaign warning citizens about the health risks of electronic cigarettes.
Wall Street Journal  Jan 28  Comment 
California plans to launch a statewide campaign warning citizens about the health risks of electronic cigarettes.




 

Litigation in the U.S. has had a major impact on these companies. In addition to costing them billions of dollars directly, the negative publicity has not helped them to grow their customer base.

Upstream

Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM) : tobacco paper

Downstream

CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS)

Wal-Mart (WMT)

Walgreen Company (WAG)

Rite Aid (RAD)

Exxon Mobil (XOM) : gas station convenience stores

Seven & I Holdings (TYO:3382) : 7-Eleven stores

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