Brown & Williamson

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Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company

Brown & Williamson was an American tobacco company, which produced cigarette brands. It was known for being the focus of investigation of knowingly manipulating the content of cigarettes. Its former vice-president of research and development Jeffrey Wigand was the subject of an investigation by CBS show 60 Minutes, which was portrayed in the film The Insider, in which he claimed B&W had introduced chemicals, such as ammonia, to their cigarettes to increase nicotine delivery and hence addictiveness.

Brown & Williamson was formerly headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. On July 30, 2004, R.J. Reynolds merged with the U.S. operations of Brown & Williamson. A new publicly traded parent company, Reynolds American Inc., was established as part of the transaction.

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