British American Tobacco

Leahy invests in 'safe' tobacco (after Tesco made a killing on

It has been the dream of health campaigners and nicotine addicts for 50 years: a "safe" cigarette that satisfies the cravings of smokers without the lethal side-effects. Now, falling sales and government crackdowns in the West (if not in the developing world) are tempting the world's tobacco giants to invest in discovering a non-cancerous alternative. British American Tobacco (BAT) is joining forces with Sir Terry Leahy, the recently departed former Tesco chief executive, who is investing a chunk of his own £48m fortune in a new product which promises to revolutionise the market for "smokeless cigarettes". Sir Terry has invested an undisclosed sum in the start-up company Kind Consumer, which is developing a non-tobacco, aerosol-loaded, nicotine inhalation device that keeps the "psychological rituals and routines" of smoking.

Australia to ban logos on cigarette packets

Australia is poised to introduce the world's harshest anti-smoking laws, with tobacco companies forced to sell cigarettes in plain packets resembling prescription drug packs.