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October 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Reynolds American Inc. will write down the value of its Kool cigarette brand as it focuses on marketing Camel menthols instead, a move that will cost the tobacco company $175 million before taxes in the third quarter. The brand's trademark value is being lowered because the company no longer considers it a "growth" brand and won't spend as much to promote the cigarette, the Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company said. Reynolds American is downplaying Kool, its top-selling menthol cigarette, as it expands Camel into the category that is dominated by Lorillard Inc.'s Newport brand.
May 14, 1989
Shame on you, Orion. One of your print ads for "Lost Angels" shows a teen-ager taking a drag on a cigarette. James Dean did this back in 1955. People thought it was cool. It is now 1989. STEVE KLINDWORTH Hermosa Beach
February 23, 1992
I always leave my seat at the stadium and walk out by the TV trailers to light up a cigarette. But it's one thing for me to do it, and it's another thing to tell me I have to do it. CAROLE BRUMMETT, Chula Vista
It was the cigarette dangling from the lips of the stranger that gave Jaynanne Brown the bad feeling. You don't walk into Wedgwood Baptist Church with a lit cigarette in your mouth. "I thought, uh-oh, something's wrong," the 41-year-old Brown said Thursday. She had been sitting in the church foyer, waiting with friends for adult choir practice to begin, when the gaunt man strode in. One of the men in her group, seminary student Jeff Lester, rose to ask the stranger to put out his cigarette.
July 9, 2009 | Jaime O'Neill, Jaime O'Neill is a writer in Northern California.
"I constantly struggle with it [smoking]. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes." -- President Obama, June 23, 2009 -- I started smoking when I was 16, pilfering cigarettes from my mother's purse or swiping unfiltered Pall Malls whenever my dad left his opened pack untended. Then I got a job that summer and began buying my own -- Newports with menthol and filters, a brand preferred by all the young tobacco initiates I had begun to share my habit with.
January 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Police are looking for a teenager who shot a man twice after he refused to give the gunman a cigarette and a dollar. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said the victim, a Bay Point resident in his 40s, was walking near a shopping center in an unincorporated area of the county early Monday when he came upon five male teenagers. One of the teens asked the man for a cigarette and a dollar. When the man said he didn't have either, the boy, described as about 16 years old, shot him, authorities said.
October 23, 1994
Will the new product ("R.J. Reynolds to Introduce a Less-Smelly Cigarette," Oct. 11) be a new version of its Salem menthol brand featuring a cigarette paper that reduces stale odors? Apparently there is still no concern with reducing the manipulation of the nicotine content. We can now look forward to cases of the sweetest-smelling nicotine-infected cancerous lungs in history. However, if R.J. Reynolds really wanted to provide an example of good citizenship, it could help stamp out the country's vicarious smoking habit by treating its product with substances that decrease the cigarettes' nicotine content while at the same time increasing its stale and obnoxious odors.
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