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    General Tobacco to Produce Only Low Ignition Propensity Products

    Beginning in January, all of the tobacco manufacturer's brands will meet state mandates ahead of the required date.

    MAYODAN, N.C. -- Beginning in January 2009, all General Tobacco products will be manufactured using Low Ignition Propensity (LIP) paper, which is made from thin bands of less porous paper to slow down the burn of tobacco products, the company stated.

    "By manufacturing only LIP products General Tobacco maintains its commitment to the community and further demonstrates its corporate responsibility," J. Ronald Denman, executive vice president and general counsel for General Tobacco, said in a statement.

    While the change is "significantly more costly" to the company, it is a proactive effort to meet state-mandated LIP paper requirements in advance of time limits and state laws, the company stated.

    In addition, having all its products use LIP paper, retailers will not be required to carry dual inventories to comply with LIP and non-LIP states, according to the company.

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