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New Snus Products Not Safe by tobaccofreeweld
December 2, 2008, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Spit and Chew Tobacco | Tags: , ,

Snus has been around northern Europe for some time now and most of the well-known brands of chew use names like Copenhagen, Skoal, and even Kodiak etc as homage to the birth-place of modern chew. In Europe, snus is much different than the new flavors that are showing up all over the place in the US with the same name. While promoted as a safer substitute for smoking, Studies have shown an extremely high level of nicotine and it is not absent of carcinogens which means it is both addictive and cancer-causing.

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Altria AKA Philip Morris buys US Smokeless Tobacco by tobaccofreeweld

Altria buys maker of smokeless tobacco for $10 billion

By Michael J. De La Merced The Associated Press, The New York Times

 Richmond, Virginia: Altria confirmed Monday that it would buy UST for nearly $10 billion in a deal that will give the maker of Marlboro cigarettes products in the smokeless tobacco market.

Altria, based in Richmond, Virginia, said it would buy UST for $69.50 per share in cash. UST makes the Skoal and Copenhagen smokeless tobacco brands.

The purchase price is a 3 percent premium to UST’s closing price Friday of $67.55.

Altria said it would also assume about $1.3 billion in UST debt in the deal, lifting the total value of the transaction to $11.7 billion.

Altria will also get Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as part of the deal.Altria still expects to earn between $1.63 and $1.67 per share from continuing operations in 2008.

It is Altria’s first major deal since it spun off its international tobacco business in March, and it may prompt more consolidation in the tobacco industry.

The move by Altria, formerly known as Philip Morris, will come as no surprise to analysts, who said on Friday that the combination made sense.

Cigarette sales have been declining for decades. Altria said in July that it expected shipments to fall 3.5 percent this year, more than it had initially projected. Rising cigarette prices and higher U.S. government excise taxes are expected to contribute to that drop, analysts say.

But smokeless tobacco has grown about 7 percent annually over the last four years.

Acquiring UST, formerly the U.S. Tobacco Company, would significantly strengthen Altria’s presence in the smokeless tobacco business. To date, Altria’s only major competitor to Copenhagen and Skoal has been Marlboro-branded moist smokeless tobacco and snuff, which have not been popular in the United States.

Altria’s marketing and distribution muscle may also lift UST’s fortunes, as the smaller company faces increased competition on the lower end of the smokeless tobacco market. With consumer spending falling, many analysts and industry executives expect that buyers will spend less on premium products and switch to lower-end smokeless tobacco.

In a way, Altria is playing catch-up with its biggest competitor, Reynolds American. In 2006, Reynolds bought Conwood, the second-largest maker of smokeless tobacco after UST, for $3.5 billion.

Analysts speculated that Altria’s deal might prompt Reynolds American to respond by making a bid for Lorillard, the other major American tobacco company.

UST also owns Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which is one of the 10 largest producers of premium wines in the United States.



US Smokeless uses Prizes as PR Stunts by tobaccofreeweld
August 25, 2008, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Industry Tactics, Spit and Chew Tobacco | Tags: ,

Below is an article about an ATV grant that was set-up by US Smokeless. This is just another example of the sneaky ways they try to convince the public that they care about people.

ATV to assist firefighters

Purcell Fire Department only one in state to receive six-wheeler
Susie Williams-Allen (405) 527-2126

 Purcell, OK — A new set of wheels arrived at the Purcell Fire Department last week in the form of an off-road vehicle.

The 2008 six-by-six Polaris Ranger was acquired through a grant.

Firefighter Quinn Kroth applied for the grant through the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger program. This particular program was through the company’s signature utility vehicle donation initiative.

The Purcell department was the only department in Oklahoma to receive the Polaris. There were 70 vehicles donated for the 2008 program.

“We will use this vehicle to assist with four-wheeler accidents on the river and at other places where vehicles can’t go,” Kroth said.

The next step will be fire department officials applying for a reimbursement program to get assistance in equipping the six-wheeler.

Kroth said a skid unit with a pump and tank will be added to the bed of the ATV. There will also be enough room for a back board that can hold a patient on the ATV bed.

The estimated $14,000 Ranger is awarded through an open, competitive application process.

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Operation Ranger Program awards rugged, off-road utility vehicles to the nation’s emergency responders.

To date, more than 400 vehicles have been awarded across all 50 states.

The Operation Ranger program exists both to recognize the service of the nation’s emergency responders and to provide a versatile, practical vehicle that will enhance emergency response capability at the community level.

Kroth and the other firefighters are excited about having an all terrain vehicle such as the Ranger.

So many times, they are called to the river on an accident, and the fire trucks get stuck. This will assist the department greatly in these type of calls.