Oct 31 (Reuters) - Altria Inc said on Thursday it recorded a $4.5 billion charge in the third quarter related to its investment in Juul Labs Inc, months after taking a $12.8 billion stake in the e-cigarette maker.
The company said the increased likelihood of U.S. Food & Drug Administration removing flavored e-vapor products from the market as well as bans in certain cities and states in the United States were responsible for the charge.
Altria posted a loss for the third quarter due to the charge. (Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
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