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Insurance Journal  May 20  Comment 
A $10.1 billion verdict against Philip Morris USA over misleading consumers about the safety of “light” cigarettes should be overturned, lawyers for the company argued in the Illinois Supreme Court. The award was first made in 2003 for a class...
Financial Times  May 15  Comment 
Despite harsh punishments and fines, many living under Isis continue to smoke
Forbes  May 14  Comment 
In trading on Thursday, water utilities shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.8%. Leading the group were shares of Cadiz (CDZI), up about 6.1% and shares of American States Water Company (AWR) up about 2.7% on the day.
Wall Street Journal  May 14  Comment 
A popular club is set to close as the government swings at what many consider a ‘bourgeois’ sport. On a recent day, members smoked cigarettes and snapped selfies.
Forbes  May 12  Comment 
In trading on Tuesday, cigarettes & tobacco shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 1.7%. Leading the group were shares of 22nd Century Group (XXII), up about 14.2% and shares of Alliance One International (AOI) up about 4% on the day.
MedPage Today  Apr 29  Comment 
(MedPage Today) -- E-cigarettes are nothing like actual cigarettes, and can be used for smoking cessation.
The Hindu Business Line  Apr 24  Comment 
Govt awaiting Parliamentary panel report
NPR  Apr 24  Comment 
Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.
TechCrunch  Apr 21  Comment 
 Pax Labs is best know for its development of the Pax Vaporizer, which changed how a lot of people thought about consuming leafy, botanical materials. Now the company wants to change the way they think about smoking cigarettes with Juul, an e-cig...
Forbes  Apr 20  Comment 
In trading on Monday, trucking shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 2.5%.  Leading the group were shares of ArcBest (ARCB), up about 4.2% and shares of YRC Worldwide (YRCW) up about 3.8% on the day.




 

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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