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blu ecigs the leading electronic cigarette company acquired by Lorillard  

Jump to full article: PR Newswire, 2012-04-25

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Lorillard 1Q Net Off 10%; Buying E-Cigarette Maker For $135 Million 

Jump to full article: Fox Media, 2012-04-25

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Lorillard Buys Blu Ecigs; Profit Falls ($$) 

Jump to full article: The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition, 2012-04-25

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Lorillard Acquires blu ecigs 

$135 million deal offers expanded distribution capabilities for emerging product
Jump to full article: Convenience Store/Petroleum (CSPNet), 2012-04-25

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Cigarette maker Lorillard 1Q profit falls  

Jump to full article: Associated Press (AP), 2012-04-25

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Lorillard Acquires blu ecigs for $135M  

Jump to full article: Convenience Store News, 2012-04-25

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In a deal marrying electronic cigarettes with big tobacco, Lorillard Inc., through its Lorillard Tobacco Co. subsidiary, has acquired blu ecigs for $135 million cash.

"blu ecigs are the perfect adjacency for us to participate in the smokeless market, but in a Lorillard way. That is, e-cigarettes offer many of the benefits of other smokeless products but do so in a way that is familiar and enjoyed by current adult cigarette consumers," explained Lorillard CEO Murray Kessler. "We believe that blu will benefit from Lorillard Tobacco Co.'s regulatory experience and sales infrastructure which are needed for it, and the category, to reach its potential in a responsible manner."

Lorillard announced the acquisition this morning when it released its first-quarter 2012 results. According to the company, Charlotte, N.C.-based blu will be a separate operating company and it is Lorillard's intention to retain blu's current management team and headquarters.

"This is a very exciting time for us and an extremely positive step forward for the electronic cigarette industry, which by nature and age has been lacking a lot of the resources necessary to truly take this product to the next level," said Jason Healy, president and co-founder of blu ecigs, in a statement to CSNews Online.

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Lorillard profit off 10%, buying ecigarette firm 

Jump to full article: CBS MarketWatch, 2012-04-25
Author: Drew FitzGerald

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Lorillard Inc.'s /quotes/zigman/511272/quotes/nls/lo LO -3.92% first-quarter earnings fell a greater-than-expected 10% as lower shipments of the cigarette maker's Newport brand offset the benefit of slight market share gains.

The tobacco company on Wednesday also unveiled a $135 million cash acquisition of blu ecigs, a U.S. maker of electronic cigarettes. The deal gives Lorillard exposure to the fast-growing market for the devices, which use small batteries rather than an open flame, as well as "unique social-networking features."

Lorillard, the No. 3 U.S. cigarette producer by revenue, dominates the market for menthol cigarettes popular among younger smokers. The company has been promoting its flagship Newport brand more strongly in the Western part of the U.S. in an effort to expand market share and gain new customers, even as overall smoking rates decline.

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Lorillard's $135M Buy Marks Entry Into E-Cigarette Market ($$) 

Jump to full article: Law360, 2012-04-25

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Tell Family Dollar: Tobacco Use Harms Families  

Giant discounter should reverse its decision to start selling tobacco
Jump to full article: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), 2012-04-25
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The Kids Get It: Secondhand Smoke Kills  

Elected officials must get it, too
Jump to full article: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), 2012-04-24

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Brokers' round-up, downgrades for two major tobacco companies  

Jump to full article: Stock Market Wire (uk), 2012-04-24

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Smoking Cuts Risk of Benign Brain Tumor  

Jump to full article: MedPage Today, 2012-04-24

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* Acoustic neuroma is a benign, slow-growing tumor affecting Schwann cells of the eighth cranial nerve. Two previous studies have suggested that cigarette smoking has a protective effect on the risk of this tumor.

* Note that this case-control study confirms a reduced risk for acoustic neuroma in current smokers but found no association with current snuff users.

The risk of developing an acoustic neuroma was greatly reduced among male smokers, but not among those who take snuff, researchers reported.

Current smokers had a 59% reduction in the risk of the benign tumor, compared with controls, while there was no risk decrease for snuff users, according to Sadie Palmisano, MS, of Ohio State University in Columbus, and colleagues.

Since both smokers and snuff users had similar levels of nicotine in their blood, the finding appears to rule out a protective role for the chemical, Palmisano and colleagues reported online in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

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Matrix Metalloproteinase-10 Is Required for Lung Cancer Stem Cell Maintenance, Tumor Initiation and Metastatic Potential 

Jump to full article: Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2012-04-24

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Mayo Clinic Identifies Gene Critical to Development and Spread of Lung Cancer 

Researchers say drug based on their discovery might target several tumor types
Jump to full article: Mayo Clinic, 2012-04-24

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A single gene that promotes initial development of the most common form of lung cancer and its lethal metastases has been identified by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Their study suggests other forms of cancer may also be driven by this gene, matrix metalloproteinase-10 (MMP-10).

The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE on April 24, shows that MMP-10 is a growth factor secreted and then used by cancer stem-like cells to keep themselves vital. These cells then drive lung cancer and its spread, and are notoriously immune to conventional treatment.

The findings raise hope for a possible treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, the leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths. Researchers discovered that by shutting down MMP-10, lung cancer stem cells lose their ability to develop tumors. When the gene is given back to the cells, they can form tumors again.

The power of this gene is extraordinary, says senior investigator Alan Fields, Ph.D., the Monica Flynn Jacoby Professor of Cancer Research within the Department of Cancer Biology at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

"Our data provides evidence that MMP-10 plays a dual role in cancer. It stimulates the growth of cancer stem cells and stimulates their metastatic potential," he says. "This helps explain an observation that has been seen in cancer stem cells from many tumor types, namely that cancer stem cells appear to be not only the cells that initiate tumors, but also the cells that give rise to metastases."

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Obesity, drinking too much and smoking ... which political party can offer best remedy?  

Next year, responsibility for public health will be come back to Derby City Council. Ahead of the May 3 local elections, Kirsty Green looks at what health priorities the three main parties have.
Jump to full article: This is Derbyshire (Derby Evening Telegraph) (uk), 2012-04-25
Author: Shere_Khan

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