FDA Accepts and Files 22nd Century Group’s Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application for VLN(TM) Cigarettes

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted and filed for substantive scientific review the Company’s Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP) application for its exclusive Very Low Nicotine Content (VLNC) cigarettes under the proposed brand name of VLN(TM). 22nd Century’s proposed VLN(TM) cigarettes are made with the Company’s proprietary VLNC tobacco and, as a result, contain very low levels of nicotine.
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CDC Survey Finds Most U.S. Adults, including 80% of Smokers, Favor Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes to Make Them Less Addictive

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American:XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today the publication of a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found 8 out of 10 adults in the United States are in favor of lowering nicotine levels in cigarettes.
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22nd Century Group Appoints Michael J. Zercher as Chief Operating Officer

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, Very Low Nicotine Content (VLNC) tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, announced today the appointment of Michael J. Zercher as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer.
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Growing Body of Research Adds Credibility to Cannabis’ Medical Claims

As the burgeoning cannabis market expands around the globe, most countries have or are moving towards adopting cannabis legislation specifically for medical use. The medical cannabis marketplace is currently much more prevalent globally, even though the recreational sector thrives throughout the North American region. Nevertheless, recreational cannabis use is still allowed in countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, and even Colombia. Despite the worldwide use of cannabis, the industry remains heavily hindered by a lack of large-scale, clinical research and studies. This lack has led many countries to mistakenly assume that cannabis is simply a debilitating drug. Various government bodies are now demanding more clinical trial results in order to better understand the efficacy of cannabis and reverse the stigma that surrounds the plant. So far, research has concluded that the psychoactive effects are derived from the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol compound found within the cannabis plant. Primarily, THC is found within the marijuana family. On the other hand, the hemp family is commonly comprised of plants with high CBD presence and very minimal traces of THC, with CBD or cannabidiol, considered the non-psychoactive compound. While the two differ in their biological makeup, they both offer similar therapeutic effects. Moreover, because CBD does not cause psychoactive effects, countries are largely looking to adopt CBD for medical use. The growing adoption of CBD is further accelerating the overall cannabis market growth, despite the barriers currently hindering the THC marketspace. Nevertheless, the North American region is expected to bolster the THC marketplace, as according to data compiled by MarketsandMarkets research, the global cannabis is projected to grow from USD 10.3 Billion in 2018 to USD 39.4 Billion by 2023. Additionally, the market is estimated to register a CAGR of 30.7% during the forecast period. Blueberries Medical Corp. (OTC: BBRRF) (CSE: BBM), Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), PharmaCielo Ltd. (OTC: PHCEF) (TSX-V: PCLO), Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (OTC: KHRNF), 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII)

22nd Century’s Pre-Market Tobacco Application for VLN(TM) Cigarettes Advances with Completed FDA Inspection

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American:XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction, Very Low Nicotine Content tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, announced today that last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a comprehensive inspection of the Company’s manufacturing facility in North Carolina as a part of the FDA’s review of 22nd Century’s Pre-Market Tobacco (PMT) application for the Company’s VLN(TM) cigarettes. 22nd Century’s proposed VLN(TM) cigarettes are made with the Company’s proprietary Very Low Nicotine Content (VLNC) tobacco.
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Grossly Misleading “Short and Distort” Article Wrongfully Attempts to Dupe 22nd Century Group Shareholders

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a world leader in tobacco harm reduction, Very Low Nicotine Content tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, today commented on a grossly misleading article published yesterday by an anonymous self-professed short seller of the Company’s stock. Publishing under the pen name “Fuzzy Panda,” the author – who will not even identify who he is – continued his baseless smear campaign against the Company in an effort to depress the share price of 22nd Century stock and to make a personal profit by duping shareholders into selling their shares.
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22nd Century Group Hires Former Imperial Brands Head of Regulatory Science

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American:XXII), a plant biotechnology company that is a leader in tobacco harm reduction, Very Low Nicotine Content tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, announced today the hiring of John D. Pritchard as Vice President of Regulatory Science. Mr. Pritchard was formerly the Head of Regulatory Science for Imperial Brands, U.K. (LSE:IMB).
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Some New Patients Choose CBD in Lieu of Opioids to Treat Persistent Ailments

Nearly 20% of U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain, while 8% are diagnosed with high-impact chronic pain, according to the National Institute of Health. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health, Stanford Division of Pain Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, and Yale University concluded that chronic pain problems actually limited certain daily tasks in patients’ lives. Traditionally, most patients who suffer from chronic pain are prescribed opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone in order to suppress the pain. While opioids are effective in numbing the pain, extensive research has suggested that frequent use of opioids results in negative side effects. Short-term use of opioids includes side effects like drowsiness and sedation. On the other hand, long-term use can result in liver and brain damage, development of tolerance, and dependence. As a result, many doctors and institutions have recently begun pushing for the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain. Clinical trials and studies have concluded that cannabis can effectively suppress pain without the negative and debilitating side effects. However, cannabis is still federally illegal in most governments across the world. Yet, more and more countries are beginning to adopt medical cannabis to treat chronic pain and other medical conditions. Uses of medical cannabis treatment include cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, nausea, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. While cannabis cannot cure these conditions, it can aid patients and help them deal with the side effects. The diverse use of cannabis is causing many countries to consider cannabis as a medical alternative, further accelerating the overall cannabis industry. According to data compiled by Persistence Market Research, the global medical marijuana market was worth USD 12.21 Billion in 2018 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 15.9% from 2018 to 2026. Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTC: PBIO), CannTrust Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CTST) (TSX: TRST), MariMed Inc. (OTC: MRMD), Medicine Man Technologies Inc. (OTC: MDCL), 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE: XXII)