RECENT NEWS
Insurance Journal  May 16  Comment 
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Philip Morris USA’s challenge to a $25 million Oregon jury verdict in favor of a man whose wife died of a lung cancer-related brain tumor after smoking the company’s low-tar cigarettes. …
Motley Fool  May 15  Comment 
New regulations unveiled by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to turn the electronic cigarette industry upside down.
New York Times  May 10  Comment 
Nicotine without the bad stuff is the promise. But the new devices can push people toward conventional cigarettes, as well as away from them.
NPR  May 5  Comment 
The Food and Drug Administration has issued sweeping new rules that tighten its control over e-cigarettes, banning their sale to minors. The agency is also expanding its regulation of tobacco.
Wall Street Journal  May 5  Comment 
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill raising the legal purchase age for cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 years from 18.
Reuters  May 4  Comment 
The European Union's highest court on Wednesday upheld a tough EU law that will standardize cigarette packs, ban menthol flavoring and restrict e-cigarette advertising, paving the way for its adoption this month and dealing a blow to Big Tobacco.
Financial Times  May 4  Comment 
Measure meets health objectives and deters young from taking up smoking, says review
Forbes  May 1  Comment 
The sun sets slowly in the West Bank City of Hebron. The fading light is embraced by the Jerusalem stone, energizing its golden hue. Teenage shepherds steer goats around the hospital entrance. The air is redolent with zatar and cigarettes. The...




 

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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