(Story updated to add that British Tobacco hit a 52-week high, days after it said it will raise its dividend by 11% and launch a $2 billion share-buyback program this year.)BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- U.S. tobacco stocks had a killer 2011 with an average gain of 30%. Although they're off to a wheezing start this year, companies including Altria Group (MO - Get Report) and Reynolds American (RAI - Get Report) still represent good value as they're using their huge cash flows to buy back shares and lift already hefty dividends.
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