400 Reynolds American Employees to Rally in Raleigh on June 16 ‘North Carolina Needs More Jobs … Not More Taxes!’

June 12, 2009

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — More than 400 employees of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and its operating companies will be in Raleigh to rally in opposition to Governor Perdue’s proposed $1 per pack increase in the state’s excise tax on cigarettes.

Planning to join the employees will be the mayors of Winston-Salem, Tobaccoville and King as well representatives from the North Carolina legislature. Tobacco growers, suppliers and friends of the industry have also been invited. Employees will march around the capitol then hold a rally immediately after.

Schedule for June 16:

10:30 a.m. — March begins in front of the General Assembly’s Legislative Building (near the Science Museum). March ends at the Halifax Mall around 11:15.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 PM — Rally and speakers at Halifax Mall area between the Legislative Office and Education Buildings

Members of the media who want to arrange interviews with Reynolds American employees or other rally participants may call:

    Frank Lester        (336) 829-9642 (cell phone - on site in Raleigh)
    John Singleton      (336) 829-9647 cell phone - on site in Raleigh)
    David Howard        (336) 829-9702 (cell phone - on site in Raleigh)
    Maura Payne         (336) 741-6996 (office - Winston-Salem)


Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE: RAI) is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; Conwood Company, LLC; and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.

  • R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company is the second-largest U.S. tobacco company. The company’s brands include five of the 10 best-selling cigarettes in the United States: Camel, Pall Mall, Kool, Winston and Doral.
  • Conwood Company, LLC is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products. Its leading brands are Kodiak, Grizzly and Levi Garrett. Conwood also sells and distributes a variety of tobacco products manufactured by Lane, Limited, including Winchester and Captain Black little cigars, and Bugler roll-your-own tobacco.
  • Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc. manufactures Natural American Spirit cigarettes and other additive-free tobacco products, and manages and markets other super-premium brands.

Copies of RAI’s news releases, annual reports, SEC filings and other financial materials are available at www.ReynoldsAmerican.com.

SOURCE Reynolds American Inc.

Source: newswire

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