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    1. January 5, 2016

      BAT: the long drag

      Selling the disease and the cure could be a nice business model. British American Tobacco may just get there. BAT’s...

    2. December 23, 2015

      European court paves the way for plain cigarette packaging

      The EU’s highest court has opened the path to the introduction of plain cigarette packaging laws across the continent,...

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    1. December 18, 2015

      Australia wins legal battle over plain cigarette packs

      Big tobacco has lost a legal case against Australia’s ban on branded cigarette packets, marking a significant setback...

    2. December 10, 2015

      Tobacco groups challenge plain-pack rules

      Four of the world’s largest tobacco groups have begun a high-profile legal challenge against the government on the...

    3. December 8, 2015

      Tobacco giants launch UK plain packaging challenge

      Four of the world’s largest tobacco companies will on Thursday mount a court challenge over UK government plans to...

    4. November 16, 2015

      AstraZeneca gains from rival’s trial setback

      A setback for a competitor’s cancer drug helped put AstraZeneca among Monday’s biggest gainers. Clovis Oncology of the...

    5. October 18, 2015

      Japan Tobacco buys Iranian cigarette maker to boost dominance

      Japan Tobacco International has bought an Iranian cigarette maker in an attempt to reinforce its position as the market...

    6. October 2, 2015

      Imperial Tobacco rises amid break-up talk

      A late-day rally lifted Imperial Tobacco on Friday as break-up speculation was given another airing. The latest theory...

    7. September 23, 2015

      Indonesia exchange considers delaying free-float rule change

      The Indonesian stock exchange is considering pushing back its deadline on new free-float requirements, potentially...

    8. July 19, 2015

      Hungary threatens foreign companies in tax dispute

      Hungary has escalated its battle with the European Commission and foreign companies, threatening businesses that oppose...

    9. June 2, 2015

      Canadian court orders tobacco groups to pay C$15.6bn to smokers

      A Canadian court has ordered three tobacco companies to pay C$15.6bn ($12.5bn) to two groups of smokers, in what is the...

    10. April 19, 2015

      Dollar’s rise casts shadow on US earnings

      A surging dollar is expected to hit some of the largest US multinationals this week, as more than a fifth of S&P 500...

    11. March 18, 2015

      Bloomberg and Gates launch fund to fight Big Tobacco

      Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates have launched an anti-smoking legal fund designed to help lower-income...

    12. February 5, 2015

      Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris hit by falling sales

      Two of the world’s largest tobacco companies have suffered a fall in profits as the cost of closing factories and...

    13. February 3, 2015

      Petitioners’ fears over EU-US trade deal well-grounded

      More than 1m people in Europe have signed petitions against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. In...

    14. January 22, 2015

      Britain’s bold move on plain cigarette packaging

      David Cameron has been accused in recent months of presiding over a “zombie government” because his ministers are...

    15. January 22, 2015

      Australia’s drab packets discourage new smokers

      There has been even less glamour to smoking in Australia since it became the first country to introduce plain packaging...

    16. December 21, 2014

      Drinks companies shaken by rouble turmoil

      Economic turmoil in Russia could lead to double-digit downgrades at leading drinks companies as the collapse of the...

    17. December 11, 2014

      Strong dollar hits US corporate profits

      A strengthening dollar is proving a costly headache to companies across the US and Europe. The rising greenback shaved...

    18. December 2, 2014

      Cigarettes: smoke ’em if you got ’em

      Smokers in the developed world are out in the cold. Regulators have moved smoking from bars into streets; advertising...

    19. November 3, 2014

      Tobacco groups win right to challenge EU health rules

      Tobacco companies have won the right to challenge EU rules requiring health warnings on cigarette packaging and banning...

    20. October 22, 2014

      BAT reports decline in tobacco volumes as smokers kick the habit

      British American Tobacco, whose brands include Dunhill and Lucky Strike, reported a decline in tobacco volumes, as...

    21. October 6, 2014

      Tobacco lobby aims to derail WHO on tax increases

      A tobacco-industry funded lobby group will attempt to derail a World Health Organisation summit aimed at agreeing...

    22. July 17, 2014

      Australia smoking rates tumble after plain packaging shift

      Smoking rates in Australia fell at their fastest pace in more than two decades, following the introduction of the...

    23. July 15, 2014

      Imperial Tobacco powers ahead in ecigarette market

      Imperial Tobacco’s acquisition of Blu from Lorillard has catapulted the Bristol-based group ahead of the other big four...

    24. June 29, 2014

      Philip Morris: debt addiction

      The year 2014 is proving to be “truly atypical” for Philip Morris International, its boss says. This means, in short,...

    25. June 26, 2014

      Plain packaging and currency swings weigh on Philip Morris

      Philip Morris International, the world’s largest tobacco company by market share, blamed currency swings, the...

    26. June 11, 2014

      Australians stub out cigarettes in wake of plain-pack law

      Australians are consuming less tobacco than at any time since records began in 1959, prompting health campaigners to...

    27. May 14, 2014

      Report slams US tobacco child labour

      Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry...

    28. May 9, 2014

      Uruguay’s smoking laws draw tobacco fire

      While Uruguay has been celebrated by liberals around the world for its bold steps to regulate cannabis, with new rules...

    29. April 25, 2014

      Hamish Maxwell, consumer marketing executive, 1926-2014

      When Philip Morris directors gathered in 1983 to choose their next chief executive, it was not at their new Manhattan...

    30. April 14, 2014

      South Korea’s health insurer sues tobacco companies

      By Song Jung-a in Seoul South Korea’s state-run health insurer has filed a lawsuit against three tobacco companies...

    31. March 27, 2014

      Official warns EU-US trade deal at risk over investor cases

      Negotiations to create a transatlantic free trade zone risk collapsing if the EU has to drop a provision giving...

    32. March 14, 2014

      Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag

      Germany has introduced a stumbling block to landmark EU-US trade negotiations by insisting that any pact must exclude a...

    33. March 10, 2014

      EU and US pressed to drop dispute-settlement rule from trade deal

      Faced with an increasingly vocal opposition to a landmark EU-US trade agreement, a growing number of backers of the...

    34. November 14, 2013

      Regulators take aim at high-margin tobacco products

      The life of a smoker is not a happy one. Thanks to increased regulation, smokers are banished outdoors, reminded in...

    35. November 4, 2013

      Debt sale rush ahead of holiday season

      Sales of investment-grade debt this week may surpass the $25bn mark as global corporations attempt to raise this year’s...

    36. August 15, 2013

      Tobacco – volume and value

      Like smoke from Frank Sinatra’s cigarette the global tobacco sector has climbed 40 per cent over the past two years....

    37. August 12, 2013

      Cigarette price rises in UK due to companies as much as tax

      Smokers fuming about the rising cost of cigarettes should blame big tobacco companies as well as recent excise duty...

    38. July 23, 2013

      Crosby moves to end tobacco lobbying dispute

      Lynton Crosby has denied having “any conversation” over plain cigarette packaging with David Cameron as the prime...

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