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FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, beer taps of South African Brewery brands are seen through the window of a closed bar in Cape Town, South Africa. A bootlegging culture has sprung up across South Africa in response to the government's nearly 8-week-old ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht, File)

South African bans on tobacco, liquor amid virus stir debate

May. 27, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A soccer mom in one of Cape Town's posh suburbs drops off a cardboard box of blankets to a neighbor. Inside the box are several bottles of red wine. In Johannesburg's Alexandra township, two men in face masks greet each other on a sunny street. One has surreptitiously sold the other a...

Greece: Police break up huge counterfeit tobacco factory

May. 21, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece said Thursday they have seized 21 tons of illegally imported tobacco at warehouses near Athens, allegedly used to make counterfeit branded smoking products. Six men, ranging in age from 39 to 68, were arrested after police raided two warehouses where the...

In this photo taken Thursday, April 30 2020, Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, inspects tobacco crops. Troubled Zimbabwe has officially opened the tobacco selling season after a month-long delay amid a coronavirus lockdown. Tobacco is the country's second biggest foreign currency earner after gold, and it brought in about $750 million last year. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Troubled Zimbabwe hopes for some relief in tobacco sales

May. 8, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Adjust Saidi, a foreman at a farm outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, paced through rows of tobacco plants. Desperate to complete the harvest and sell the crop, he pushed workers picking leaves to “hurry it up." Some carried up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of leaves,...

Teachers and students stand up for Vietnamese national anthem as they start a new week in Dinh Cong secondary school in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday, May 4, 2020. Students across Vietnam return to school after three months of studying online due to school closure to contain the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Asia Today: Vietnam schools reopen, New Zealand hits zero

May. 4, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Students across Vietnam started returning to their classrooms Monday that had been closed to curb the coronavirus. “I am so excited to go back to school, to be with my teachers and my classmates after three months,” said Chu Quang Anh, a sixth-grade student at Dinh Cong...

3 Maryland counties sue e-cigarette maker Juul

May. 4, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Three Maryland counties have filed lawsuits against the e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., arguing the company intentionally marketed its products to underage customers and contributed to a youth vaping epidemic, according to the court filings. Howard, Anne Arundel and Garrett...

FILE - In this  Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. An appeal is planned in rulings against coal companies owned by Justice in a lawsuit that accused them of defaulting on a mining contract. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

W. Virginia gov's coal companies to appeal lawsuit rulings

Apr. 30, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An appeal is planned in rulings against coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in a lawsuit that accused them of defaulting on a mining contract, an attorney said. The appeal on behalf of James C. Justice Cos. Inc. and subsidiary Kentucky Fuel Corp. will be filed...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Justice on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, closed schools statewide for the rest of the year over concerns about the coronavirus. The Republican governor had previously canceled in-person classes through the end of April but said he now has no choice but to extend the closures.  (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP, File)

Judge orders W.Va. gov's coal companies to pay fines, fees

Apr. 29, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Kentucky has ordered companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to pay more than $1 million in fees and expenses in a lawsuit that accused them of defaulting on a mining contract. U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove denied a motion by the James C....

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 file photo, vaping devices are displayed at a store in New York. On Thursday, April 23, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that a federal court accepted its request to push back the May 12 deadline to submit vaping product applications to Sept. 9. The agency said the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed preparations to meet the deadline for both companies and FDA staff. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Virus outbreak delays US government review of e-cigarettes

Apr. 23, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarette companies will have four additional months to submit their products for government review because of delays tied to the coronavirus outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that a federal court accepted its request to push back the May 12 deadline to...

Aaron Walker holds a tobacco tray full of tobacco seedlings in his greenhouse on his farm Tuesday, April 7, 2019, in Philpot, Ky. Walker seeded the greenhouse in mid-March, with the goal of having

Tied to Tobacco: Grower not ready to give up original crop

Apr. 19, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Inside Aaron Walker’s 30-foot wide by 96-foot long greenhouse, 500 trays filled with tobacco plants are steadily growing into what will eventually be transferred into a 14-acre field. But that isn’t close to last year’s starter crop. “I only seeded half of...

FILE- This June 14, 2018, file photo shows cartons of Marlboro cigarettes on the shelves at JR outlet in Burlington, N.C.  Altria Group says that Chairman and CEO Howard Willard, who was recovering from COVID-19, has retired, Friday, April 17, 2020. Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, did not say if the 56-year-old Willard’s retirement was related to his illness.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Recovering from COVID-19, Altria CEO Howard Willard retires

Apr. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Altria Group says that Chairman and CEO Howard Willard, who was recovering from COVID-19, has retired. Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, did not say if the 56-year-old Willard's retirement was related to his illness. The company said Willard, whose career spanned 28 years at the...