Cigarette group takes control of asthma inhaler maker

The producer of Marlboro and Parliament cigarettes said in a statement on Thursday that it had secured nearly 75% of Vectura’s shares, making it the majority shareholder. More than 45% of Vectura shareholders accepted the takeover offer, and Philip Morris international purchased 29% of the company’s shares on the open market.”We have reached an important milestone in our acquisition of Vectura,” Jacek Olczak, CEO of Philip Morris International (PM), said in a statement. “We are very excited about the critical role Vectura will play in our Beyond Nicotine strategy.”The takeover boosts the tobacco company’s efforts to generate more than half of its net revenue from smoke-free products such as

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