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

    "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.

  • Tobacco giant Reynolds American is seizing upon New York City's new anti-smoking laws to promote its small, but growing Camel Snus brand with print advertisements in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Daily News, and other publications.

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

  • Philip Morris, Others Win Verdict Over Hospitals Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 5:18 PM ET
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    Philip Morris and other major tobacco companies won a lawsuit Friday filed by 37 Missouri hospitals seeking more than $455 million for treating sick smokers.

  • Halftime: Top 7 Plays on the Weak Dollar Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 1:23 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders highlight U.S. companies benefiting from pricing power that comes with a weak U.S. dollar.

  • Royal Wedding Guest List: What Stocks Get An Invite? Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 10:08 PM ET

    If stocks could attend William and Kate's wedding, Cramer thinks these names would be on the list.

  • Halftime: 4 Stocks 'Fast' Traders Are Watching Monday, 11 Apr 2011 | 1:50 PM ET

    As stocks shaved gains ahead of earnings on Monday, the "Fast Money" traders had their eyes on these four names.

  • Australia Unveils Brand-Free Tobacco Packets Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 10:33 PM ET
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    Australia’s goal of having the world’s toughest tobacco promotion laws in place by 2012 moved closer on Thursday when it released the plain packing design that all cigarette manufacturers will be forced to adopt as part of new legislation. The FT reports.

  • Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.

  • Lightning Round OT: Molycorp, Lorillard and More Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 7:25 PM ET

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

  • US Tobacco Growers Scramble to Find New Markets Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 11:08 AM ET

    In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General publicly declared the health hazards of smoking. Since then, smoking rates have been basically cut in half. In 2011, there are approximately 50 million smokers in the United States.

  • Are Underage Smokers Influenced Most by Movies? Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
    Humphrey Bogart smoking in a cafe in a scene from "The Barefoot Contessa."

    Cigarette companies are not allowed to market directly to the youth of America. The companies are also banned from advertising on television, radio and in newspapers. Somehow, though, four million underage Americans smoke, begging the question: what influences their decision to smoke?

  • World's Most Expensive Cigars and Cigarettes Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:39 PM ET
    An estimated 50 million people in the United States alone light up a cigar or cigarette every day. While the vast majority smoke standard-quality products — which certainly don't come cheap — some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.Some companies create promotional products or gimmicks, like the famed $100,000 Lucky Strikes sold in 2007. The cigarettes came in eight carat white gold packages displaying a large

    While the vast majority smokers buy standard-quality products, some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.

  • There's no better example of the law of unintended consequences than cigarette taxes in the United States.  Each state sets its own rate, and the disparity is huge. Missouri's state cigarette tax is 17 cents. It's $4.35 in New York. What's the unintended consequence? Crime.

  • For Today's Tobacco Farmers, It's Diversify or Die Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 11:37 AM ET

    Tobacco is not just a commodity. It is a culture. It is a way of life, as well as a multi-billion dollar business. And it is the most controversial crop on the planet. In many parts of the country, it is the most lucrative crop per acre. Even with huge increases in prices for wheat, corn and soybeans, which average about $300 per acre, nothing makes more money than $1,500-per-acre tobacco.

  • CNBC Quiz: The History of Tobacco Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 11:21 AM ET
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    Most people know that tobacco is America's original cash crop, that smoking is stigmatized in modern American society and that tobacco farmers are a dying breed. But did you know that there's a thriving black market for cigarettes? And that 50 million Americans a day light up?