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Thursday 01 August, 2002

British Am. Tobacco

Director Shareholding

British American Tobacco PLC
01 August 2002



DIRECTORS' INTERESTS

The independent trustee of the British American Tobacco Group Employee Trust
notified the Company on 1st August 2002 that it had on 1st August 2002

a)         released 121,505 British American Tobacco p.l.c. 25p ordinary shares
(the "Shares") to participants in the British American Tobacco Long Term
Incentive Plan; and

b)         released 44,582 Shares to a participant in the British American
Tobacco Deferred Share Bonus Scheme.

The participants to whom Shares were released are not directors of British
American Tobacco p.l.c.

Following these transactions, the independent trustee of the British American
Tobacco Group Employee Trust holds a total of 34,256,552 Shares.  The following
executive directors, together with other employees, are potential beneficiaries
and are therefore treated as having an interest: Mr P N Adams, Mr M F Broughton,
Mr A Monteiro de Castro and Mr P A Rayner.


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