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1 Bad Sign for Big Tobacco Investors

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Big tobacco companies are always fighting off some sort of negative force. Today it's the FDA, which recently announced that it will require tobacco companies to report levels of 20 known dangerous chemicals found in their products. Furthermore, the FDA must now approve tobacco products that are going to be advertised as "safer" or "reduced risk." The power to regulate marketing has hugely negative implications for this industry, which relies so heavily on brand strength. Of course, some companies are more affected than others. Hit hardest will be domestic manufacturers such as Altria and Reynolds America. On the other hand, this move acts as further evidence for the investing case for internationally focused companies such as British American and Philip Morris.

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  • Report this Comment On April 08, 2012, at 5:41 PM, altajoe wrote:

    Seriously? The FDA could force the tobacco companies to put a skull and crossbones on each pack large enough to cover 80% of the package. Then they could make them write the word POISON on the other 80% and the morons that smoke would still buy them.

    BTW, I'm long on MO and PM and will continue to be.

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