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Form 8-K for 22ND CENTURY GROUP, INC.


14-May-2014

Change in Directors or Principal Officers, Financial Statements and Exhi


Item 5.02: Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On May 12, 2014, the Board of Directors of 22nd Century Group, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Thomas L. James, Esq. as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company.

Mr. James, age 55, 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.

Mr. James executed an employment agreement with the Company, dated May 12, 2014 (the "Employment Agreement"), for an initial term of three years that automatically renews on an annual basis thereafter unless terminated. Pursuant to the Employment Agreement, Mr. James will earn an initial base salary of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) and may become eligible for future bonuses and equity awards. In order to assist Mr. James with moving expenses, he also received a signing bonus of one hundred and forty thousand dollars ($140,000). Further, if Mr. James' employment is terminated by the Company without Cause or by Mr. James for Good Reason (as such terms are defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. James will be entitled to a severance benefit in the form of a continuation of his then-base salary until the later of (i) three years from the termination date or (ii) the expiration of the initial three year term. If Mr. James is terminated or his responsibilities or salary is reduced and Mr. James opts to elect to terminate the Employment Agreement within the three year period following a Change in Control (as defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. James shall be reimbursed for medical care, insurance costs and other benefits for a term of eighteen months in addition to a continuation of his then-base salary until the later of (i) three years from the termination date or (ii) the expiration of the initial three year term.

In connection with his appointment, Mr. James will be awarded one hundred thousand (100,000) restricted shares of the Company's common stock (the "Shares") on the first business day that Mr. James starts his employment with the Company. All of the Shares are subject to forfeiture until May 1, 2017, except in the case of the following: (i) a Change in Control of the Company (as defined in the Employment Agreement), (ii) the termination of Mr. James' employment with the Company by Death or Disability (as defined in the Employment Agreement), (iii) termination of employment by Mr. James for Good Reason (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or (iv) the termination of Mr. James' employment with the Company without Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement). In addition, Mr. James will be awarded stock options to purchase three hundred thousand (300,000) shares of the Company's common stock on the first business day that Mr. James starts his employment with the Company. Fifty thousand (50,000) of the options vest immediately and the remaining options vest as follows: one hundred thousand (100,000) on each of May 1, 2015 and May 1, 2016, and fifty thousand (50,000) on May 1, 2017.

The description of the Employment Agreement is qualified by reference to the Employment Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

On May 14, 2014, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Mr. James as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company. A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.



Item 9.01(d): Financial Statements and Exhibits.

Exhibit 10.1 Employment Agreement between Mr. James and the Company, dated May 12, 2014.

Exhibit 99.1 Press Release dated May 14, 2014.

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