Dunhill is a British luxurious cigarette owned and manufactured by British American Tobacco. The brand name commemorates the English tobacconist and inventor Alfred Dunhill. In the United Kingdom, it is registered and manufactured in Westminster, City of Westminster, London.
Dunhill cigarettes were favoured by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
DUNHILL also markets a line of cigarillos in Malaysia. It is made of 100% tobacco inside out, whereby even the cigarette wrapper is made from tobacco using homogenized tobacco leaves.
In 2012, it was reported that British American Tobacco was breaking anti-tobacco rules in Nigeria and South Africa by advertising their Dunhill brand illegally in both countries.
It was reported that in South Africa, a 14 year old girl was giving away the cigarettes, but also that BAT engages in industrial espionage, intensive cross-border smuggling, competitor tyranny, and infiltrating governments.
Despite South Africa having one of the toughest anti-tobacco laws in Africa, the company failed to comply with the law, pushing on in both government fronts and covert advertising and promotions.
In Nigeria meanwhile, BAT controls 84% of the cigarette market. In 2010, while markets in Turkey, Iran and South Africa declined, BAT’s profit from the African and Middle East regions grew by £134 million to £858 million, driven largely by its Nigerian market.