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Tobacco firm admits it used potent leaves

A Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. officials admitted that they marketed cigarettes with tobacco from plants genetically engineered to pack twice the nicotine of natural leaf even though they told federal regulators they wouldn't.

The secret use of the ingredient was disclosed by Roger Black, director of leaf blending for Brown & Williamson, in a Jan. 16 deposition for New York state's class-action suit against the major tobacco companies, court documents show.