Daily Archives: January 29, 2010

Altria ’09 Cigarette, Smokeless Business Income Up

RICHMOND, Va. — Altria Group Inc., the parent company of tobacco companies Philip Morris USA (PM altria groupUSA), U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (UST) and John Middleton, reported improved performance in the fourth quarter 2009 over the comparable quarter thanks to higher operating companies income from cigarettes, cigars and financial services, as well as operating income contribution from the UST acquisition, lower corporate asset impairment and exit costs, and higher earnings from Altria’s investment in beer maker SABMiller plc.

Smokeless tobacco products contain heavy metal

Smokeless tobacco products that are manufactured in India contain heavy metal, reveals a study report published in The Scientific World Journal.

Statewide smoking ban bill introduced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, introduced legislation Thursday to ban smoking in public places statewide (SB360) but conceded the bill is primarily intended to spur discussion.