Scientists grow solar cell components in tobacco plants

In a recent study, scientists from UC Berkeley led by Matt Francis have demonstrated how to program tobacco plants to take advantage of the efficient way that they collect sunlight. Rather than attempt to reprogram all the cells of a mature tobacco plant, the scientists genetically engineered a virus called the tobacco mosaic virus to ...

New snuff boosts profits for Altria

A new flavor kicked up sales sharply for a Marlboro brand of snuff and helped to boost profits at Altria Group Inc. And as the tobacco giant’s aggressive push into noncigarette businesses starts paying off on the bottom line, directors yesterday voted to share more of future profits with stockholders. Other Richmond corporate giants also ...

Tobacco tax boost tied to Indian issue

ALBANY — A legislative push would deny Gov. David A. Paterson his $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase until the state begins collecting taxes on tobacco products sold on American Indian reservations. The governor included the cigarette tax increase in his proposed budget. But when the governor’s call to start collecting the taxes on such sales to ...

General Tobacco to Comply With Product De-listing

Following announcements from state attorneys general that its cigarette products should be removed from retail shelves due to non-payment of the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), Vibo Corp., dba General Tobacco (GT), announced that it will comply with recent notices regarding the removal of its cigarette brands from certain state directories of approved brands for sale. ...

Philip Morris starts Asia-Pacific warehouse project in Subic

Tobacco producing giant Philip Morris International (PMI) broke ground on its new regional tobacco warehouse facility in a 50,000- square meter total land area inside Subic Techno Park that will store tobacco leaf for shipment and processing in various PMI cigarette factories in the Asia-Pacific region. Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc. (PMPMI) Managing Director Chris ...

Firefighters test fire safe cigarettes

ALBANY, – One experiment Albany Firefighters conducted tested new fire safe cigarettes now mandated in Georgia. Those cigarettes are designed to go out if you stop smoking them. Cigarettes cause fires that kill 700 people and injure 3,000 every year in the United States. 74 year old Audrey Baty died in an Albany house fire ...

FDA has more work, less money

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates products that account for 25 cents of every dollar spent by consumers, is always embroiled in controversy. Some say it approves new drugs too quickly, while others say its delays cost lives. Some say our food supply is relatively safe, while others point to unsafe foods that ...