Terms-of-use



Terms of Use
Effective Date: January 2012
This site is operated by Altria Client Services Inc. (“ALCS”). Throughout this site, the terms "ALCS," "we," "us," and "our" refer to Altria Client Services Inc. When you use this site, you agree to the terms and conditions that follow. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please immediately cease use of this site.
PURPOSE OF THIS SITE
The purpose of this website is to bring together scientific information related to the processes, products and technologies of Altria Group’s tobacco operating companies in order to share it with scientists and the public health and regulatory communities, thereby inviting scientific review and dialogue. The site is not operated for advertising or marketing purposes. The material on this site should not be regarded as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any tobacco products of Altria Group's tobacco operating companies. We advertise and sell our products only in compliance with the laws of the particular jurisdictions in which they are sold.
We are not providing investment advice through this site, and the material on this site should not be regarded as an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities of Altria Group, Inc. If you decide to use any material available on this site in assessing whether to buy or sell securities of Altria Group, Inc., please be aware that the material on this site reflects past performance and historical information only, and that such performance and information is not necessarily an indication of future performance.
INFORMATION ON THE SITE
The material on this site is for informational purposes to scientific, public health and regulatory professionals. The inclusion on this site of a document or presentation is not intended to be an endorsement or to reflect acceptance by us of the views or information contained in such documents or presentations.
Despite our efforts to provide accurate bibliographic information, errors and omissions may appear. We make no representation, warranty or covenant as to the reliability, accuracy, timeliness or completeness of the information on this site. Any reliance on materials on this site is at your own risk. ALCS reserves the right to modify the contents of the site at any time, but we have no obligation to update the material contained on this site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor changes to the site.
We are not responsible if information we make available on this site is not accurate, complete or current. This site may contain certain historical information. Historical information necessarily is not current and is provided for your reference only.
USE OF MATERIALS FROM THIS SITE
This site (including but not limited to software, presentations, files, graphics and data found on the site) is the property of and owned by Altria Group’s tobacco operating companies and affiliates or their licensors and is protected by copyright, trademark and other laws of the United States and other countries. You may display and electronically copy, download and print hard copy versions of the material contained on the site for your personal and noncommercial use, provided you do not modify or delete any copyright, trademark or other proprietary notice that appears on the material you copy, download or print. When you display, copy, download or print any material on or from the site, it is provided to you by Altria Group’s tobacco operating companies and affiliates or their licensors under a license that is revocable. Altria Group’s tobacco operating companies and affiliates and their licensors retain full and complete title to the material and to any and all of the associated intellectual property rights. Any other use of the material on the site, including but not limited to the modification, distribution, transmission, performance, broadcast, publication, licensing, reverse engineering, transfer or sale of, or the creation of derivative works from, any material, information, software, products or services obtained from the site, is expressly prohibited. You agree that you will not otherwise copy, display or transmit any material on the site in any manner or medium beyond that permitted by the Copyright Act's "fair use" exception. You also agree not to modify or sell any material on the site. Additionally, as provided elsewhere in this policy, this site contains links to materials contained on websites operated by third parties. Your use of any such materials is governed by the terms applicable to the website on which any such materials are contained.
MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT
You acknowledge that you are responsible for any submission you make, including the legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality and copyright of any such material. You may not upload to, distribute or otherwise publish through this site any content that (i) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, infringing on intellectual property rights, abusive, illegal or otherwise objectionable, (ii) may constitute or encourage a criminal offense, violate the rights of any party or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law, or (iii) may contain software viruses, political campaigning, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false email address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of any content. You may not upload commercial content onto the site.
If you do submit material, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant ALCS and its affiliates a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant ALCS and its affiliates the right to use the name you submit in connection with such content, if they so choose. All personal information provided via this website will be handled in accordance with the site's online Privacy Statement. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all the rights to the content you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify ALCS and its affiliates for all claims resulting from content you supply.
TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS
This site features trademarks, service marks and logos that are the property of ALCS and its affiliates or licensors. The site also may include trademarks, service marks or logos of other third parties. All of these trademarks, service marks and logos are the property of their respective owners, and you agree not to use them in any manner without the prior written permission of the applicable owner. This site and all of its contents including but not limited to text, design, graphics, interfaces and code, and the selection and arrangement thereof, is protected as a compilation under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries.
INTELLECTURAL PROPERTY RIGHTS OF OTHERS
We respect the intellectual property rights of others and request that our visitors do the same. Pursuant to Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Title 17, United States Code, a copyright owner or its authorized agent may submit a notification for believed copyright infringement based on material that is residing on the ALCS network.
If you think your work has been copied in a manner that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify our copyright agent, who can be reached at:
Altria Client Services Inc.
Law Department
P.O. Box 85088
Richmond, VA 23285
The notification must include ALL of the following:
  • A physical or electronic signature of the copyright owner or the person authorized to act on the owner’s behalf;
  • a description of the copyrighted work you claim has been infringed;
  • a description of where the material you claim is infringing is located on the site;
  • your name, address, telephone number, email address and all other information reasonably sufficient to permit ALCS to contact you;
  • a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
If you believe that content has been taken down improperly from the ALCS network or that access to material on the ALCS network was improperly disabled, you may send a counter-notification to the ALCS copyright agent identified above. Such counter-notification must contain the following information:
  • Your physical or electronic signature, or that of an authorized representative;
  • a description of the material that you claim has been improperly removed or to which you believe access has been improperly disabled and the location at which the material appeared before it was removed or access was disabled;
  • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed or disabled as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
  • your name, address and telephone number, and a statement that (i) you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal district court for the judicial district in which such address is located or, if your address is outside of the United States, to any judicial district in which ALCS may be found, and (ii) you will accept service of process from the claimant who provided ALCS USA’s designated agent with notification of the alleged infringement in accordance with the DMCA, or an agent of such person.
DISCLAIMERS
YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO RESTRICT OR TERMINATE YOUR ACCESS TO THE SITE OR ANY FEATURE OR PART THEREOF AT ANY TIME. ALCS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTIES THAT MATERIALS ON THE SITE ARE NONINFRINGING; THAT ACCESS TO THE SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE; THAT THE SITE WILL BE SECURE; THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVER THAT MAKES THE SITE AVAILABLE WILL BE VIRUS-FREE; OR THAT INFORMATION ON THE SITE WILL BE COMPLETE, ACCURATE OR TIMELY. IF YOU DOWNLOAD ANY MATERIALS FROM THIS SITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIALS. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM ALCS OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.
IN CERTAIN STATES, THE LAW MAY NOT PERMIT THE DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE DISCLAIMER MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT NEITHER ALCS, NOR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES OR THIRD-PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS SHALL BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES RELATING TO OR RESULTING FROM YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SITE OR ANY OTHER SITE YOU ACCESS THROUGH A LINK FROM THIS SITE OR FROM ANY ACTIONS WE TAKE OR FAIL TO TAKE AS A RESULT OF EMAIL MESSAGES YOU SEND US. THESE INCLUDE DAMAGES FOR ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, DEFECTS, DELAYS, COMPUTER VIRUSES, YOUR LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO AND ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS AND DATA, AND OTHER TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE LOSSES.
THIS LIMITATION APPLIES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE CLAIMED UNDER THE TERMS OF A CONTRACT, AS THE RESULT OF NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE ARISE OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, INABILITY TO USE, OR PERFORMANCE OF THE INFORMATION, SERVICES, PRODUCTS OR MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM THIS SITE, AND EVEN IF WE OR OUR REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN NEGLIGENT OR HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, ALL OR A PORTION OF THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
INDEMNIFICATION
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless ALCS and its affiliates, and their officers, directors, employees, contractors, agents, licensors and suppliers, from and against any and all losses, liabilities, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising or resulting from any violation of these Terms of Use. If you cause a technical disruption of the site or the systems transmitting the site to you or others, you agree to be responsible for any and all losses, liabilities, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and court costs, arising or resulting from that disruption.
JURISDICTION
ALCS is incorporated in New York in the United States of America, and this site is operated in the United States. The laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia govern these terms and conditions and your use of the site, and you irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Virginia for any action to enforce these terms and conditions. We recognize that it is possible for you to obtain access to this site from any jurisdiction in the world, but we have no practical ability to prevent such access. This site has been designed to comply with the laws of Virginia and of the United States. The businesses conducted by affiliates of ALCS operate in various countries throughout the world and comply with the laws of the particular jurisdictions in which they operate. If any material on this site, or your use of the site, is contrary to the laws of the place where you are when you access it, the site is not intended for you, and we ask you not to use the site. You are responsible for informing yourself of the laws of your jurisdiction and complying with them.
MISCELLANEOUS
If any provision of this agreement is unlawful, void or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the agreement will remain in place. These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement and understanding between you and ALCS with respect to use of the website, superseding all prior or contemporaneous communications. A printed version of these Terms of Use shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based on or relating to use of the website to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.
HOW TO CONTACT US
If you have any questions or comments about these Terms of Use or this site, Contact Us through email or write to:
Altria Client Services, Inc.
Corporate Communications
P.O. Box 85088
Richmond, VA 23285
Thank you for visiting our site.
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