• LONDON, Jan 21- The British government said on Wednesday it would try to pass a law to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England before May, ending years of debate and lobbying over the issue. The move, aimed at improving public health and cutting the number of child smokers, is likely to crimp tobacco firms' profits and would...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The British government said on Wednesday it would try to pass a law to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets without branding in England before May in order to improve public health and cut the number of child smokers. "I now propose that we lay regulations for standardized packaging in this parliament to allow for them to come into...

  • Tobacco up nearly 6% this year  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports on the positive moves in tobacco stocks.

  • E-cigarettes up for debate at Montana Legislature Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana lawmakers considered for the first time Monday whether to regulate electronic cigarettes. Diane Sands brought the bill before the Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee on behalf of the Montana attorney general's office. A dozen people representing various vaporizer retailers in Montana spoke against the bill, saying...

  • Gov. Snyder vetoes bills on e-cigarette regulation Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    Rick Snyder vetoed bills Friday to prohibit e-cigarettes from being regulated as tobacco products under Michigan law. The governor said Michigan would conflict with federal efforts to regulate the popular devices, which heat a nicotine solution to produce an odorless vapor. "Michigan should not enact new state law that is not consistent with a legally...

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Brownback presented detailed recommendations to the GOP- dominated Legislature for eliminating projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current budget and for the...

  • LONDON, Jan 16- GlaxoSmithKline is feeling the heat from the rapid growth in electronic cigarettes, with enthusiasm for the nicotine delivery devices dampening sales of the British drugmaker's patches and gum, its chief executive said. In an interview with Reuters, Andrew Witty also said he and his team had spent "a few days" exploring whether the drugmaker...

  • While precise figures are not available, the American Red Cross and its U.S. affiliates have received at least $12 million from tobacco companies such as Altria Group, Reynolds American and Philip Morris International since 2001, according to Red Cross tax records and tobacco company press releases and annual reports. An American Red Cross spokeswoman,...

  • More smokers, hoping to quit, turn to vaporizers Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 12:03 PM ET
    Ilona Orshansky, owner of Brooklyn Vaper, uses a vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in her shop in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Curious consumers and smokers hoping to kick the cigarette habit are pushing the growth of vaping.

  • Year of the 'vape?'  Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    Vaporizers allow marijuana and nicotine users to consume discreetly with no odor, reports CNBC's Kate Rogers.

  • Smoke 'em if you got 'em: Cuban cigars are coming Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET
    Cuban cigar production at the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana.

    U.S. smokers and cigar companies are welcoming the prospect of being able to get their hands on "Cubans" openly.

  • And the No. 1 cigar for 2014 is.....  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:54 AM ET

    David Savona, Cigar Aficionado executive editor, reveals the number one cigar of 2014 and discusses how Cuban cigars could impact the industry.

  • Viva cigars! Easing of Cuba trade would be 'huge' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    A woman smokes a cigar during the XVI Havana Cigar Festival in Havana last February.

    The end of the embargo is big news for cigar lovers, but it's not likely that Americans will be firing up right away.

  • Health report card: Less smoking, too much eating Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    Life expectancy is up, smoking is down, and obesity rates are on the rise again according to the new edition of America's Health Rankings.

  • China considers ban on public smoking  Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    Ian Zaffino, Oppenheimer, looks at how China's ban may impact big tobacco companies in the U.S.

  • Smoke's out! Hospital says nope to those who smoke Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:03 AM ET
    OrthoColorado Hospital in LIttleton, CO., part of Centura Health.

    A major Colorado hospital system will refuse to hire anyone who uses tobacco products starting Jan. 1.

  • UPDATE 1-Marlboro HeatSticks on sale in Milan this week Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Philip Morris International Inc, the world's largest tobacco company, plans to launch its new iQOS smokeless device and Marlboro HeatSticks in Milan, Italy on Thursday following a better-than-expected launch in Nagoya, Japan earlier this month. The burgeoning market for electronic cigarettes is a key battleground for Big Tobacco players such...

  • Happy holidays: Booze yes, smokes no  Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    CNBC's Morgan Brennan reports which vice stocks are about to pop into the holiday season; "Fast Money" trader Tim Seymour, provides perspective.

  • *Swedish Match looks to expand snus in U.S. market. But the future for main manufacturer Swedish Match may hinge on efforts to convince U.S. authorities these small pouches, banned on health grounds in the rest of the European Union, are less harmful than most other tobacco products. "It could potentially be an important catalyst," Swedish Match CEO Lars Dahlgren...

  • LONDON, Nov 4- Imperial Tobacco Group said it would raise its dividend by at least 10 percent in the next year, signalling confidence that cost cuts will help it to cope with weak consumer spending and higher taxes that weighed on its annual profit. The company also recently floated a portion of its logistics business, Logista, on the Spanish stock exchange, raising...