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September 02, 2010 09:18 ET

Analyst Research on Altria Group and Star Scientific - The Art of Survival in the Cigarettes Industry

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - September 2, 2010) - offers investors comprehensive research on the cigarettes industry and has completed analytical research on Altria Group Inc. (NYSE: MO) and Star Scientific Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches. 

The Tobacco industry has been living in a harsh environment for many years now. Harsh criticism around advertising practices and the detrimental health impact of smoking cigarettes have set the Cigarettes sector into a negative light. All this has come at the same time as increased governmental sin taxes increase the price of their products. During the past few years, the number of smokers within the U.S. has decreased around 2% each year. With so many negative factors influencing the market, the sector has tried many different strategies to maintain profitability. Lately, price hikes have been the main strategy for companies like Altria Group Inc. looking to squeeze money out of a dwindling, yet dedicated consumer group. Investors looking for free research on Altria Group Inc. are welcome to sign up at for our new report. is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the cigarettes industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Altria Group Inc. and Star Scientific Inc.; all investors need to do is register for a complimentary membership at

One of the latest revenue strategies employed within the sector is the rollout of various new smokeless tobacco products. Marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking for consumers looking to quit, companies within the sector hope that smokeless products will hold onto their consumers for just a little longer before they lose them from the market completely. The smokeless tobacco market has grown between 6% and 7% during past years and grew 9.2% last quarter. This new smoking trend bodes well for Star Scientific Inc. which has been making its case for healthy smoking. However, the company has to put up with larger and financially well-suited rivals. Come to our website for complimentary research on Star Scientific Inc. at

Elsewhere in the world, emerging markets are proving to be a place of respite for the hurting cigarette companies. As consumers in developing countries gain more access to discretionary capital, they are beginning to smoke more often and to smoke branded products. These markets could serve to sustain the industry while the U.S. domestic market falters. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

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