Tobacco company ordered to pay $23B in damages

Tobacco company ordered to pay $23B in damages

PENSACOLA, Fla., July 19 (UPI) --R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company ordered to pay more than $23 billion in damages to Cynthia Robinson.
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Vermont fines R.J. Reynolds Tobacco $8.3 million for false advertising

MONTPELIER, Vt., June 5 (UPI) -- A Vermont judge ordered R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to stop deceptive advertising and pay $8.3 million to the state in penalties.

Pa. sues to get all tobacco dollars

PHILADELPHIA, May 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania joined 23 other states suing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co and Lorillard Tobacco Co. for withholding $755 million under a 1998 settlement.

FTC OKs U.S. cigarette companies' merger

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators have unanimously OK'd a merger of the nation's second and third largest tobacco companies.

Tobacco companies get extension on deal

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 8 (UPI) -- Brown & Williamson Tobacco said Tuesday it had agreed with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco to grant the FTC's request of extension for review of their proposed merger.

Tobacco firms to merge

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has reportedly agreed to acquire the U.S. operations of British American Tobacco in a cash and stock deal worth $3.6 billion.

RJ Reynolds wins smoker suit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 17 (UPI) -- A Missouri jury Tuesday returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in an individual smoking and health case.

Reynolds tobacco buying cigarette firm

WINSTON-SALEM,, N.C., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, said Tuesday it is buying Santa Fe Natural Tobacco, maker of the American Spirit cigarette b

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR), based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and founded by R. J. Reynolds in 1874, is the second-largest tobacco company in the U.S. (behind Altria Group). RJR is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. which in turn is 42% owned by British American Tobacco.

The son of a tobacco farmer in Virginia, R. J. Reynolds sold his shares of his father's company and ventured to the nearest town with a railroad connection, Winston-Salem, to start his own tobacco company. He bought his first factory building from the Moravian Church and established the "little red factory" with seasonal workers. The first year, he produced 150,000 pounds of tobacco; by the 1890s, production had increased to several million pounds a year. The company's factory buildings were the largest buildings in Winston-Salem, with new technologies such as steam power and electric lights. The second primary factory building, built in 1892, is the oldest Reynolds factory still standing and was sold to Forsyth County in 1990.

At the beginning of the 1900s, Reynolds bought most of the competing tobacco factories in Winston-Salem. The company produced 25% of America's chewing tobacco. 1907's Prince Albert chewing tobacco became the company's national showcase product, which led to high-profile advertising in New York City's Union Square. The Camel cigarette became the most popular cigarette in the country. The Reynolds company imported so much French cigarette paper and Turkish tobacco for Camel cigarettes that Winston-Salem was designated by the United States federal government as an official port of entry for the United States, despite the city being 200 miles inland. Winston-Salem was the eighth-largest port of entry in the United States by 1916.

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