In 1902, the Imperial Tobacco company from England and American Tobacco from the United States merged to become a joint venture. At that time, a tobacco company called British American Tobacco (BAT) was formed, based in London.
BAT's first leader was James Buchanan Duke, he made market withdrawals in several countries such as Canada, China, and Australia.
BAT cigarette production had been widely produced in China since 1919. After that, in 1949, the factory was closed there because the country established a communist state.
British American Tobacco (BAT) has acquired cigarette companies from different countries since 1976. The companies are American Tobacco Company, Rothmans International, Ente Tabacchi Italiani (ETI), Bentoel Investama, and others.
This massive movement leads BAT to become the third-largest cigarette company by controlling 12% of the world cigarette market in 2017.
The most famous cigarette brands from BAT are Pall Mall, Rothmans, Kent, Dunhill, and Lucky Strike.