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    Liggett Group to Make All Cigarettes Fire Safe

    All of the company's domestic brands will be compliant starting in January 2009.

    MEBANE, N.C. -- Vector Group Ltd. subsidiary, Liggett Group LLC, revealed plans to voluntarily convert the manufacturing of all its domestic cigarette brands to comply with state cigarette fire safety standards beginning January 2009, the company stated.

    "We are committed to making best in class cigarettes while assuring compliance with all state and federal regulations," Ronald J. Bernstein, president and CEO of Liggett Group, said in a statement. "Converting our production to make all of our cigarette brands fire standards compliant nationwide is consistent with that commitment. A change in cigarette paper along with our state of the art manufacturing process will enable us to provide customers with value priced brands that continue to meet the highest taste and quality standards in the industry."

    Liggett will also continue to meet all deadlines for fire safety standards that become effective prior to January 2009, according to the company.

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