Tobacco

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

NC's Longest Serving Congressman Comes Home

Frank Stasio talked live with Congressman Howard Coble 12/16/2014.
Ivan Saul Cutler Governor Morehead Forum for Economic Development

  At 83, Congressman Howard Coble is retiring and leaving Capitol Hill after 30 years. 

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Business & Economy
5:14 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

NC Farmer's Secret To Success: Organic Tobacco, Collards On The Side

Stanley Hughes grows organic tobacco at Pine Knot Farms in Hurdle Mills, NC.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The federal tobacco buyout program has officially ended.  The last of the tobacco buyout checks are being distributed this month.

The program, officially known as the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP),  was started to help farmers transition from the Depression-era quota system to the free market. 

North Carolina has fared pretty well during the transition:

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Business & Economy
4:17 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Reynolds Is Taking Its Nicotine Gum National

Zonnic, from Renolds American Inc.
Credit cigarettesreporter.com

It might seem counterintuitive: a tobacco giant jumping into the pharmaceutical market. But with the national launch of Zonnic, Reynolds American thinks it can redefine an area typically controlled by drug companies.

Zonnic is Reynolds's nicotine gum. It sells for cheaper than other nicotine gums, and comes with the marketing muscle of the company responsible for Camel and Pall Mall. Reynolds has been testing Zonnic for two years in Iowa and Nebraska, and has determined its time to go national.

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

LISTEN: Now 92, She Worked At American Tobacco When It Still Made Cigarettes

Annie Lou Andrews speaks with Phoebe Judge.

For decades, ten of thousands of workers walked in to the American Tobacco Company in Durham each day.  This is the story of one of those who stayed the longest.  Annie Lou Andrews is 92 years old. She is the second woman to work in a supervisory role at American Tobacco. She says her first day in leadership, you could feel the tension; the office was quiet enough to hear a pin drop. "I thought, 'uh-oh,'" she says. She spoke with Phoebe Judge.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

Tobacco harvest in NC
Credit Jim Dollar/Flickr

Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired June 25, 2014.

Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.

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Shots - Health News
4:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Tobacco giant Reynolds American is buying Lorillard and acquiring Newport, a popular menthol cigarette. In a shrinking market, Newport is one of the few U.S. brands gaining market share. It is particularly popular among African-American smokers.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 10:18 am

Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.

"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."

Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to preventing tobacco use.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Changing Industries in North Carolina

Industry consolidation and reorganization is happening in the tobacco, pharmaceutical and health care industries in North Carolina.

    

Reynolds American and Lorillard, two of the country’s biggest tobacco producers, announced a merger yesterday that is expected to reshape the tobacco industry. 

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Business & Economy
8:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Merger With Lorillard Would Beef Up Reynolds Tobacco Portfolio

Reynolds American Tobacco stands to acquire the Newport brand of cigarettes if its merger with Lorillard goes through.
Credit Officer / Wikipedia

Reynolds American plans to acquire Lorillard as part of a $27 billion merger. The deal would bring together the second- and third-largest tobacco companies in America.

Reynolds owns the popular Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, but now they stand to acquire Lorillard's iconic Newport brand.

Reynolds President Susan Cameron said she's had her eye on it for some time.

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Business & Economy
11:26 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Two North Carolina-Based Tobacco Giants To Merge

Lorillard's major brands
Credit Lorillard

America's second and third-largest tobacco companies have announced the terms of a potential merger. Reynolds American Inc. will buy Lorillard for $27.4 billion. The Newport cigarette brand will follow Lorillard to Reynolds, where it will join Camel and Pall Mall, and VUSE (Reynold's e-cigarette brand).

Reynolds is based in Winston Salem, NC. Lorillard is located in Greensboro.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

Tobacco harvest in North Carolina
Jim Dollar/Flickr

Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.

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