SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

November 25, 2011 08:16 ET

Star Scientific and Altria Group -- Well Prepared for the Long-Run

The Bedford Report Provides Equity Research on Star Scientific & Altria Group

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 25, 2011) - Cigarette sales have been recession resistant for the most part -- making several cigarette companies defensive plays for investors. Regulatory uncertainty, legal issues and a growing healthy living trend do pose a threat to sales however, leading some in the industry to turn to alternative revenue drivers. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Cigarette industry and provides investment research on Star Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGX) and Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/CIGX

www.bedfordreport.com/MO

Legislative efforts are increasing outside of the US as well. Russia recently drew up a strong anti-smoking law that will go into effect sometime in the next 3 or 4 years. The law would ban smoking in public transportation, restaurants and nightclubs. Prices will also go up significantly as well as taxes on buyers and businesses. Considering that roughly 40 percent of the population smokes, the legislation could have a real impact on exports for domestic cigarette makers.

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Altria engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria's third-quarter earnings came in at 56 cents per share -- up 3.7% from the prior-year quarter. Revenues were down more than six percent year on year, however, attributable to lower net revenues from cigarettes, partially offset by higher net revenues from smokeless products, cigars, wine and financial services.

Star Scientific is a technology-oriented company with a mission to reduce the harm associated with tobacco at every level. It is engaged in the development of dissolvable smokeless tobacco products that deliver fewer carcinogenic toxins, principally through the utilization of its innovative "StarCured" tobacco curing technology. The company reported net sales for the third quarter of $0.4 million compared with $0.2 million for the same period in 2010.

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