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  • Taking On Big Tobacco   Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 5:10 AM ET
    Taking On Big Tobacco

    Rob Moodie, Professor of Public Health, University of Melbourne explains why he thinks that Australia's new anti-smoking law banning logos on cigarette packs is a good thing.

  • Light Up Your Portfolio With This Tobacco Stock Monday, 18 Jun 2012 | 8:33 AM ET
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    Imperial Tobacco, one of the world’s leading tobacco companies, offers significant growth prospects as well as being one of the most defensive areas in consumer staples, Olivier de La Ferrière, fund manager at KBL Richelieu Gestion, told CNBC.com.

  • Death for California’s Cigarette Tax Hike? Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    A high-profile California cigarette tax initiative backed by cycling legend Lance Armstrong that once seemed like a sure thing teetered on the brink of defeat, a testament to the efficacy of a $50 million campaign backed by Big Tobacco.

  • California Cigarette Tax Vote Too Close to Call Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
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    In a battle pitting Big Tobacco and small business groups against health advocates, California voters are deciding whether to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1 a pack. The vote was too close to call Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.

  • State Bonds in Jeopardy as Tobacco Cash Fades Friday, 4 May 2012 | 3:26 AM ET
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    Steady declines in smoking, a big win for public health, are creating problems for municipal bond investors.

  • Smoking Out the Hot Tobacco Stocks Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    With interest rates so low, the story of 2011 was the hunt for yield. As a result, a tremendous amount of money flowed into tobacco stocks. But 2012 is a different story — at least with U.S.-based brands.

  • Tobacco Stocks to Light Up Your Portfolio: Analyst Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
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    Although investors should consider litigation and regulation risks, one analyst thinks tobacco stocks are secure, generate free cash flow and could boost your portfolio.

  • Tobacco Stocks on Fire   Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Tobacco Stocks on Fire

    Insight on why tobacco stocks have been surging, with Bernie Herzog, Wells Fargo tobacco analyst.

  • Tobacco Companies Dodge Graphic Packaging Requirement Wednesday, 29 Feb 2012 | 4:00 PM ET
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    A federal requirement would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages, until a judge blocked the ruling Wednesday. 

  • Sin Tax for Paid Internet Porn? Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    The Porn Convention - Adult Entertainment Expo 2012

    Is it a good way to influence behavior and/or raise revenue, just like tobacco and alcohol?

  • Nicotine Gum and Skin Patch Face New Doubt Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 9:56 AM ET

    The nicotine gum and patches that millions of smokers use to help kick their habit have no lasting benefit and may backfire in some cases, according to the most rigorous long-term study to date of so-called nicotine replacement therapy. The New York Times reports.

  • Drop in Cigarette Sales Snuff Out Altria Gains   Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 5:38 PM ET
    Drop in Cigarette Sales Snuff Out Altria Gains

    Altria shares dropped by 2% on Tuesday after Barron's reported severely declining cigarette sales. The Fast Money crew weigh in on the defensive investment.

  • The cigarette maker saw strong stock growth in 2011, up 28 percent year to date, but when is a good time to buy?

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    U.S. companies in cyclical and defensive industries could take the biggest earnings hits if Europe falls into recession.

  • QUIZ: E-cycling Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    How much do you know about recycling electronics? Take our E-cycling quiz and find out.

  • Cramer's Take on Tobacco Stocks   Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Cramer's Take on Tobacco Stocks

    "When it comes to tobacco, the only stock I'm blessing is Philip Morris International," says Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

  • Cramer's Fave Tobacco Stock Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 6:24 PM ET

    The "Mad Money" host explains why this dividend-paying stock is worth owning.

  • The Lightning Round is extended in this CNBC.com exclusive feature.

  • Big Tobacco Still Smoking, but For How Long? Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 2:04 AM ET

    Tobacco companies have long been the defensive stock of choice for investors, offering strong dividends and generating large amounts of cash. But as austerity packages bite and household budgets are squeezed, some analysts have questioned the continued health of the sector.

  • Stock Headwinds Should Keep Investors on Defensive Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 4:48 AM ET

    Buying defensives that make cash and hand money back to shareholders via buybacks and dividends is a popular strategy at the moment, as macro headwinds keep the bulls at bay.