Lorillard Voluntarily Recalls Certain Packages of Newport Non-Menthol Cigarettes
GREENSBORO, N.C., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States, today announced that it is voluntarily implementing a precautionary recall of certain Newport Non-Menthol cigarettes.
The company is initiating the recall out of an abundance of caution following its discovery that there is the possibility that some Newport Non-Menthol cigarettes manufactured June 29 and 30, 2011, could contain small pieces of plastic. The company sought and received guidance from the Food and Drug Administration upon discovering the foreign substance.
At this point, no plastic has been found in any of the cigarettes. If burned, the plastic may create discomfort or irritation of the respiratory tract. The recall is limited to products distributed with the following code numbers, which are located on the bottom of the pack:
Newport Non-Menthol Box 80's Newport Non-Menthol Box 100's 1-O-29-750 1-O-29-440 1-O-30-750 1-O-30-440
Consumers who have purchased a Newport Non-Menthol pack or carton with the above code number should return it to the store for a full refund of the purchase price. We invite consumers with questions to contact the Lorillard Call Center at 1-800-950-1888, press option #3.
No other Lorillard products are affected, including Newport Menthol and other brands.
About Lorillard, Inc.
Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE: LO), through its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, is the third largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. Founded in 1760, Lorillard is the oldest continuously operating tobacco company in the U.S. Newport, Lorillard’s flagship menthol-flavored premium cigarette brand, is the top selling menthol and second largest selling cigarette in the U.S. In addition to Newport, the Lorillard product line has four additional brand families marketed under the Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold brand names. These five brands include 43 different product offerings which vary in price, taste, flavor, length and packaging. Lorillard maintains its headquarters and manufactures all of its products in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Contact: Gregg Perry
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