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Merger to Reshape Industry?

By: Richard Davies Where there’s smoke there’s a merger. Reynolds American says it will buy its smaller rival Lorillard for $27.4 billion. The complicated cash and debt deal will reshape the U.S. tobacco industry with more significant competition for Altria Group, which makes Marlboro, by far the best-selling cigarette brand. The merger will also give Reynolds a stake in the e-cigarettes and menthol, the fastest growing parts of the tobacco industry. But the companies say they will sell the Kool, Salem, Winston, Maverick and blu eCigs brands to Imperial TobaccoRead More

James Gilliam’s Squashed Tomato (JSEC Handmade Pipes)

How a shape appears to a pipe-carver as they sit and stare at a raw block of briar is a mystery to many of us who are collectors and smokers. Perhaps not so much to the artisans that are actually doing the carving, but as for me, I’d be lost. Some people though, much like I have read about Michelangelo, see the finished product in the raw material before a hammer, file or chisel is set to the material. Michelangelo is quoted as having said to a contemporary, that itRead More