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phillip morris/ruyan negotiations?

Postby halfevildruid » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:06 pm

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Re: phillip morris/ruyan negotiations?

Postby Thulium » Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:39 pm

I'm simultaneously excited and fearful of this. On the one hand, I think that having the support of a major corporation like Phillip Morris moving to make e-cigarettes a legitimate mainstream product is a Good Thing. OTOH, its still Phillip Morris. :-S
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Postby halfevildruid » Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:51 pm

I could see PM trying to get hold of the ruyan patent and putting it on the shelf.
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Postby Kate » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:37 am

Reynolds are at it too - trying to own the problem and the solutions.


Reynolds in talks to buy maker of smoking-cessation products


Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. is in talks to buy a Swedish maker of
products that help people stop smoking, a move that could signal a profound
shift in direction in the global tobacco industry.

Reynolds, the second-largest U.S. cigarette maker by sales, is near a deal
to buy closely held Niconovum AB, according to David Sweanor, a Canadian
law professor and tobacco expert.

Niconovum, based in Helsingborg, makes nicotine-replacement therapies such
as Zonnic pouch and Zonnic gum. The company, whose products aren't
currently sold in the U.S., was formed in 2000 by Karl Olov Fagerstrom, a
leading expert in nicotine dependence who has been involved in such
products as Nicorette gum.

Mr. Fagerstrom, who has a small stake in Niconovum, didn't return phone
calls seeking comment. A spokesman for Reynolds, based in Winston-Salem,
N.C., declined to comment.

The potential deal would mark the latest and most dramatic move by Reynolds
into nicotine products that represent alternatives to cigarettes. Sales of
cigarettes in the U.S. have been declining for years, prompting Reynolds to
move into products that studies have shown present much smaller health
risks than cigarettes.

Reynolds, for example, sells a number of smokeless-tobacco products,
including Camel Snus, a type of spit-free tobacco that satisfies nicotine
cravings but exposes users to less risk than does smoking.

Britain's Royal College of Physicians, which sets health standards in the
U.K., has said smokeless tobacco is between one-tenth and one-one
thousandth as hazardous as smoking, depending on the product.

Reynolds and other tobacco companies, including U.S. industry leader Altria
Group Inc., have owned pharmaceutical businesses, but none yet market or
sell an approved smoking-cessation product.

Mr. Sweanor said the deal could be valued at €30 million ($44.5
million).


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704402404574524070915352970.html
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Postby zapped » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:02 am

I routinely test products for The Consumer Opinion Center in Richmond Va.The C.O.C is owned by Altria, Phillip Morris' parent company.Rest assured that if they begin testing e-cigarettes, I'll be in on that study and you guys will be the first to know.
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Re: phillip morris/ruyan negotiations?

Postby trailblazer6 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 1:47 pm

halfevildruid wrote:I could see PM trying to get hold of the ruyan patent and putting it on the shelf.

I agree,Just look at what GM did with the electric car called (gotta love the name) Impact in the 70's.
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