2000: BUSINESS: US MARKET SHARE: Top Brands:
Marlboro, Philip Morris, 35.4
Doral, R.J. Reynolds, 6.3
Newport, Lorillard, 6.2
Camel, R.J. Reynolds, 5.3
Winston, R.J. Reynolds, 5.2
Basic, Philip Morris, 4.9
GPC, Brown & Williamson, 4.7
Kool, Brown & Williamson, 3.3
Salem, R.J. Reynolds, 3.2
Virginia Slims, Philip Morris, 2.6
Source: R.J. Reynolds, January 2000
2000: CONSUMPTION: US has a per capita smoking rate of 1,551 cigarettes, down from the
high of 2,905 cigarettes in 1976. (The Tax Burden on Tobacco, Historical Compilation Volume 35, 2000)
2000: CONSUMPTION: 29.7% of high school senior girls report having smoked within the
last 30 days. 32.8% of high school senior boys report having smoked within the last 30 days.(U. of Mich, 2000)
2000: Reducing Tobacco Use: A Report of the Surgeon General
2000: JAPAN: Emperor Arkihito ends the tradition (begun by Hirohito in 1964) of giving out
cigarettes to his staff on his birthday.
2000: BUSINESS: Richemont reduces its effective interest in British American Tobacco to 21
per cent through partial disposal of holding of preference shares.
2000: SPORTS: CANADA: Last LPGA du Maurier Classic, a women's major golf
tournament since 1979, is held; event folds due to advertising restrictions.
2000-01-19: CANADA: Health Minister Unveils Gruesome Labels. Images of cancerous
lungs, diseased mouths, and droopy cigarettes imitating limp penises are among a series of 16 new visual warnings that will have to cover half of each cigarette pack sold in Canada under regulatory reforms unveiled on Jan 19 by Health Minister Allan Rock.
2000-02: American Legacy Foundation launches "truth" campaign led by teens.
2000-02-16: Farmers sue tobacco companies in a $69 billion lawsuit seeking to recover
damages they say were caused by the industry's settlement with the U.S. government.
2000-02-08: Wholesalers and distributors file suit against major tobacco companies, accusing
them of collusion/price fixing because they raised cigarette prices "by the exact amount" during 1997 and 1998.
2000-02-21: CANADA: B.C. Supreme Court rules province's lawsuit against tobacco
companies is unconstitutional
2000-03-02: REGULATION: Philip Morris VP Steven Parrish calls for government
regulation of tobacco. At a CASA conference, Parrish shared the podium and discussion with Dr. David Kessler, and said that nicotine is an addictive drug and that the Food and Drug Administration should regulate tobacco, PM said it still opposes FDA regulation of nicotine as a drug.
2000-03-20: LITIGATION: Whiteley Jurors find against Tobacco California Superior Court jury finds that the Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds acted with malice, knew about the health hazards of smoking and deliberately misled the public about those dangers. It also found that the two companies committed fraud.