BAT draws up battle lines over packaging

Tobacco group pledges legal action if UK changes approved

BAT set to pay £2.3bn for Souza Cruz

Deal would give more exposure to largest exporter of tobacco leaf

Earnings providing false hope for groups

Operating margins under pressure though net profits have risen

Cigarette research backs plain packaging

Ending branding will deter smokers, scientific journal finds

Ecigarettes suffer withdrawal symptoms

Growth losing pace as users seek quicker ways to get nicotine hit

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Wages of sin make big market profits

$1 invested in US tobacco in 1900 would now be worth $6m

A spoonful of sugar is a sweet investment

Buffett’s greatness has been defined by his acceptance of the world as he has found it

Big tobacco groups suffer profit fall

Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris hit by currency exchange rates

Ecigarette use dips amid health concerns

Usage among smokers in England falls to 18.6%

Foreign businesses wary as Cuba opens up

Success hard-won for groups entering communist-ruled island

Ecigarette makers target luxury market

Vapers seek bespoke components to create designer products

Coca-Cola HBC loses its fizz

More than one-third of exports go to oil-hit Russia and Nigeria

Britain’s bold move on plain cigarette packaging

UK is right to ban all promotional graphics in the sale of tobacco

Tobacco groups fight plain packets plan

Leading cigarette maker ‘spoiling for a fight’ over moves to outlaw branding

Australia’s drab packets put off smokers

Data suggest drab brown-green packs and health warnings working

Plain cigarette packs plan brought forward

UK government aims to get legislation passed before election

BP tops FTSE 100 after US court ruling

Oil major’s shares lifted by Macondo penalty size ruling

Boardroom trades January 10

Latest directors’ deals at BAT, MJ Gleeson, Centrica, Bioquell and Huntsworth

Ecigarette sales surge in UK supermarkets

Use of tobacco substitute rises 43% in 2014

Healthcare at heart of robust M&A year

Tax inversion deals fuel highest transaction volumes since crisis

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