22nd Century Group Receives Order for Nearly 5 Million SPECTRUM® U.S. Government Research Cigarettes

CLARENCE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT: XXII), a leader in tobacco harm reduction, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Goodrich Tobacco Company, received a purchase order for 4.95 million SPECTRUM U.S. government research cigarettes.

22nd Century developed SPECTRUM in partnership with independent researchers and officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The main SPECTRUM product line, uniquely produced by 22nd Century, consists of a series of cigarette styles that vary nicotine yields over a 50-fold range – from very low (97% less nicotine than conventional brands) to relatively high nicotine yields. SPECTRUM features 24 styles, in both regular and menthol versions, with 8 levels of nicotine in its tobacco.

Including this order, Goodrich Tobacco has received orders for more than 22 million SPECTRUM cigarettes. SPECTRUM cigarettes are not sold commercially; they are produced by 22nd Century from its proprietary and patented technology for exclusive use in independent clinical research.

Ongoing clinical research conducted with SPECTRUM cigarettes includes: (i) exposure studies comparing how different nicotine levels in cigarettes affect smoking behavior and exposure to smoke compounds, (ii) smoking cessation studies, and (iii) studies to determine whether there is a threshold nicotine level in cigarettes which does not produce dependence. Without SPECTRUM these clinical studies would be very difficult, if not impossible, to conduct. Notably, 22nd Century is the only company in the world capable of producing the Very Low Nicotine SPECTRUM brand styles.

Using the results from independent clinical research studies with Very Low Nicotine cigarettes, 22nd Century intends to become the first company in the world authorized by the FDA to market reduced exposure combustible cigarettes.

“22nd Century’s highly specialized SPECTRUM research cigarettes, our proprietary 'Brand A' Very Low Nicotine cigarettes, and our extraordinary MAGIC 0 Very Low Nicotine cigarettes all contribute to advancing our Company’s core mission: To Reduce the Harm Caused by Smoking,” explained Henry Sicignano, III, President and CEO of 22nd Century Group. “We are very proud to be a part of such important public health nicotine research efforts and at the forefront of reduced exposure cigarette product development.”

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.

22nd Century Group is a plant biotechnology company focused on technology which allows it to increase or decrease the level of nicotine in tobacco plants through genetic engineering and plant breeding. The Company’s mission is to reduce the harm caused by smoking. 22nd Century currently owns or exclusively controls more than 185 issued patents and more than an additional 54 pending patent applications around the world. The Company’s strong IP position led to a licensing agreement with British American Tobacco (“BAT”), the world’s second largest tobacco company. Visit www.xxiicentury.com for more information.

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