22nd Century Group Appoints General Counsel

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CLARENCE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE MKT:XXII) today announced the appointment of Thomas L. James, Esq. as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective May 12, 2014.

“Tom possesses tremendous legal and business knowledge and experience and will be a great asset to our Company,” stated Joseph Pandolfino, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 22nd Century Group. “He has an impressive history of achievement and has been a strong leader throughout his almost 30-year legal career. Tom has served as our outside legal and business counsel for the past decade and I am delighted to have him join our management team.”

Mr. James has served over the past 13 years as a Partner and later as an Of Counsel attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Prior to that time, Mr. James was an attorney with other law firms. Mr. James is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. (J.D., 1985) and the University of Maryland (B.S., 1980). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

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About 22nd Century Group, Inc.

22nd Century is a plant biotechnology company whose proprietary technology allows for the levels of nicotine and other nicotinic alkaloids (e.g., nornicotine, anatabine and anabasine) in the tobacco plant to be decreased or increased through genetic engineering and plant breeding. 22nd Century owns or is the exclusive licensee of 116 issued patents in 78 countries plus an additional 42 pending patent applications. Goodrich Tobacco Company, LLC and Hercules Pharmaceuticals, LLC are wholly-owned subsidiaries of 22nd Century. Goodrich Tobacco is focused on commercial tobacco products and potentially less harmful cigarettes. Hercules Pharmaceuticals is focused on X-22, a prescription smoking cessation aid in development.

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Tom Redington, 203-222-7399

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