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The nation's top tobacco manufacturer, Altria Group Inc., is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to loosen its planned tightened restrictions on electronic cigarettes and vaporizers even though its MarkTen brand could be a major beneficiary of the squeeze.

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KT&G Corp., South Korea's state-run tobacco producer, on Thursday said its net profit gained 11.9 percent in the second quarter from a year ago on the back of brisk sales in the domestic market. Net profit came to 291.6 billion won (US$2.55 million) on a consolidated basis in the April-June period, compared with 260.7 billion won a year earlier, the company said in a regulatory filing.

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Australia photoDoctors in Australia are warning that more smokers will die and suffer preventable diseases after the country's medicines regulator decided to maintain a ban on electronic cigarettes delivering nicotine, according to an AAP story published by 9news.com.au.