22nd Century Group Receives $8.1 Million from Cash Exercise of Outstanding Warrants

Buffalo, New York, UNITED STATES

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII), a leading plant-based, biotechnology company focused on tobacco harm reduction, very low nicotine content tobacco, and hemp/cannabis research, today announced that it has received net proceeds of $8.1 million from the cash exercise of outstanding warrants during February and March of 2021. The remaining warrants, if exercised for cash, will bring additional net proceeds of $3.7 million in cash to the Company. Following the above transaction, the Company will no longer have any outstanding warrants.

“We are pleased to further strengthen our balance sheet with $8.1 million from the exercise of these existing warrants that were already a consideration in our fully diluted capital structure,” said James A. Mish, chief executive officer of 22nd Century Group. “The capital will provide us with additional runway to further fuel our current operations, strategy, and growth initiatives including near-term opportunities in both our tobacco and hemp/cannabis franchises. We look forward to securing Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP) authorization, launching VLN®, and building the VLN® brand. The additional cash will also support our hemp/cannabis R&D initiatives and the development of our third franchise in 2021.”

About 22nd Century Group, Inc.
22nd Century Group, Inc. (NYSE American: XXII) is a leading plant biotechnology company focused on technologies that alter the level of nicotine in tobacco plants and the level of cannabinoids in hemp/cannabis plants through genetic engineering, gene-editing, and modern plant breeding. 22nd Century’s primary mission in tobacco is to reduce the harm caused by smoking through the Company’s proprietary reduced nicotine content tobacco cigarettes – containing 95% less nicotine than conventional cigarettes. The Company’s primary mission in hemp/cannabis is to develop and commercialize proprietary hemp/cannabis plants with valuable cannabinoid profiles and desirable agronomic traits.

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Investor Relations & Media Contact:
Mei Kuo
Director, Communications & Investor Relations
22nd Century Group, Inc.
(716) 300-1221