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  • Shane MacGuill, tobacco industry analyst at Euromonitor, talks about the smoking ban in Russia and explains why it is unlikely to affect the tobacco market much.

  • Put 'Em Out: NYC Raising Its Cigarette Age Limit Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 10:43 AM ET
    Christine Quinn

    New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is expected on Monday to announce new legislation that would raise the legal age limit for the purchase of cigarettes from 18 to 21.

  • The government's sale of a $10 billion stake in Japan Tobacco, the world's third-largest tobacco company, is expected to kick off within days after bankers met on Tuesday over deal details.

  • Trading the 'Sin' Stocks     Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 3:30 AM ET

    Dirk Van Vlaanderen, vice president for Europe at Jeffries International, tells CNBC how to trade tobacco and alcohol stocks now that the market is in a bull phase.

  • Tobacco Stocks as Solid as Bonds: Strategist Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    Safer to own than to consume, tobacco stocks have earned enormous returns for investors during the euro zone crisis, mimicking the safe haven of the fixed-income markets sought by jittery investors.

  • Tobacco Still On an Upward Trend: Strategist     Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    Edmund Shing, head of European equity strategy at Barclays Capital, tells CNBC, "Tobacco has been the best performing sector by a long way over the last ten years, so if you take a longer perspective the fact that over a few months it pauses, it is just a pause in a very long-term upward trend."

  • A Two-Faced Strategy to Playing the Election Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    Investors can probably expect solid gains for their 2012 stock portfolios. But the fortunes of individual sectors will also rise and fall in the years ahead, depending on which political party wins the White House in November.

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

    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
    Cigarette in ashtray

    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
    Cigarette in ashtray

    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
    A lit cigarette in an ashtray, beside an open pack of cigarettes.

    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
    Phillip Morris

    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

    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
    Marlboro Cigarettes

    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.

  • 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?