Cigarette giant Philip Morris International has taken control of UK inhaler maker Vectura despite objections from health care charities.
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. [...]