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Tobacco sales can be hard to quit

by Erika Beras Feb 8, 2019
Big pharmacy chains like Walgreens and Rite Aid market a healthy lifestyle, while also selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Big pharmacy chains like Walgreens and Rite Aid market a healthy lifestyle, while also selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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Marlboro manufacturer makes a big bet that the future is vaping

by Justin Ho Dec 20, 2018
Today the Altria Group – the tobacco giant that used to be known as Philip Morris – announced it’s spending $12.8 billion to buy a 35 percent stake in Juul Labs. That’s the e-cigarette maker that dominates the vaping market…

Menthol ban would undo years of marketing to African Americans

by Erika Beras Nov 16, 2018
After World War II, tobacco companies found blacks slightly preferred menthol more than whites; decades of marketing followed.
 Menthol cigarettes are seen for sale on a shelf at a Quick Stop store on March 30, 2010 in Miami, Florida.
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Juul pulls social media accounts ahead of FDA regulations

by Jed Kim Nov 14, 2018
E-cigarette company, Juul announced it’s taking steps to curb its appeal to potential underage users. It has made its Facebook and Instagram accounts inactive. Juul also is pulling several flavored tobacco products, including mango, cucumber and fruit, from retail stores…
An illustration shows a man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC on Oct. 2, 2018. 
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FDA may seek to regulate menthol and e-cigarettes

by Tracey Samuelson Nov 12, 2018
Regulatory changes would face a process that could take years and face litigation.
 Menthol cigarettes are seen for sale on a shelf at a Quick Stop store on March 30, 2010 in Miami, Florida. 
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Weather and trade tensions worry tobacco farmers

by Andy Uhler Oct 23, 2018
Farmers in North Carolina face losses from recent storms and Chinese tariffs.
A tobacco field in North Carolina. China is the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco.
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Trade showdown

Weather and trade tensions worry tobacco farmers

by Andy Uhler Oct 23, 2018
Farmers in North Carolina face losses from recent storms and Chinese tariffs.
A tobacco field in North Carolina. China is the largest consumer of the state’s tobacco.
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CDC director resigns over investments

by Amy Scott and Sean McHenry Jan 31, 2018
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her post as acting director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. This came after a report in Politico which detailed a series of stock purchases made by Fitzgerald, including shares of tobacco companies.…

FDA rules spell changes for vaping and hookah lounges

by Annie Baxter May 6, 2016
New FDA rules put restrictions on tobacco products, which will affect venues catering to their use.
Hookah pipes at a lounge in San Jose, California.
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How the new e-cigarette regulations will impact small businesses

by Nova Safo and Levi Sharpe May 5, 2016
Small shops and vape-makers worry the regulation will put them out of business.
The FDA's new regulations on tobacco includes e-cigarettes, which may impact the industry.
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