Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 31, 2019




22nd Century Group, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter) 


Nevada 001-36338 98-0468420
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)


8560 Main Street, Suite 4, Williamsville, New York

(Address of Principal Executive Office)

(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (716) 270-1523



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class Trading symbol Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.00001 par value XXII NYSE American







Item 5.02(e):Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


As previously announced, on December 3, 2019, the Board of Directors of 22nd Century Group, Inc. (the “Company”) promoted Andrea S. Jentsch to the position of Chief Financial Officer. On December 31, 2019, Ms. Jentsch entered into an employment agreement with the Company for an initial term of three years that automatically renews on an annual basis thereafter unless terminated.


Pursuant to the employment agreement, Ms. Jentsch will earn an initial base salary of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) and shall be eligible for future cash bonus awards as determined by the Company. If Ms. Jentsch’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by her for Good Reason (as such terms are defined in the employment agreement), then she will be entitled to a severance benefit in the form of (i) a continuation of her then-base salary for a period of twelve (12) months; (ii) the payment of any earned but unpaid bonus; and (iii) the automatic vesting of equity awards. In the event of a Change in Control of the Company (as defined in the employment agreement), all equity awards owned will automatically vest.


The description of the employment agreement above is qualified by reference to the form of employment agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1.


Item 9.01(d):Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Exhibit 10.1Employment Agreement between the Company and Andrea S. Jentsch







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  22nd Century Group, Inc.
Date:       January 3, 2020 /s/ Michael J. Zercher
Michael J. Zercher
  President and Chief Operating Officer