Better Than Expected

Exclusive CSP-UBS poll finds most tobacco fears not realized.

Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Senior Editor

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It could have been worse. And yes, we’re talking about your tobacco business.

Think about it: This year saw a federal excise tax (FET) spike for tobacco, several states raised their levy on tobacco, and, after years of fears, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was finally granted the inevitable step to regulate the much-maligned category. All of this while the economy slumped.

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