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U.S. ITC says it will probe Altria, Philip Morris after RJ Reynolds complaint - Metro US

U.S. ITC says it will probe Altria, Philip Morris after RJ Reynolds complaint

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission will investigate certain tobacco heating elements and components following a complaint filed by RJ Reynolds’ vaping and tobacco units, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

The ITC said it had not yet made any decision on the merits of the case and would hold a hearing, making its “final determination … at the earliest practicable time.”

RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holding Inc is owned by Reynolds American Inc, whose parent company is British American Tobacco PLC <BATS.L>.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Andrew heavens)

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