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Marlboro Maker to Enter E-Cigarette Market

Altria coming into the market late


altria mo stock dividendAltria Group (NYSE:MO) is finally bringing out its own e-cigarette.

The tobacco company — which owns the Marlboro brand as well as others — says it plans to have its version of the popular new product out in the second half of 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports.

E-cigarettes are a growing market for tobacco firms. After selling $500 million worth of them in 2012 — about 0.5% of the total market — sales are expected to more than double in 2013. The devices — typically powered by batteries — heat up nicotine-infused liquid to deliver the chemical to smokers and may be less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Altria is late to the market. Rivals Lorillard (NYSE:LO), which last year acquired Blu Ecigs, and Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), with its Vuse e-cigarette, are already established sellers.

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