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In times of low interest rates, slowing growth and high debt burdens, it is more important to find attractive investment opportunities with low cyclic business models. A major sector with low volatility is the consumer sector whose stocks have a total market capitalization of more than $621 trillion. The average stock from the sector has a P/E ratio of 23.72 and yields at 1.79%. The cigarettes industry is one of the best yielding industries within the sector and one of the industries with a volatility lower than the market. I screened the cigarette industry by the best dividend paying stocks. These are the detailed results, sorted by yield:

1. Vector Group (NYSE:VGR) has a market capitalization of $1.37 billion. The company generates revenue of $1,133.38 million and has a net income of $75.02 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $152.71 million. The EBITDA margin is 13.47% (operating margin 12.54% and net profit margin 6.62%).

The total debt represents 58.66% of the company's assets. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.26. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.54 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 65.71, Price/Sales 1.21 and Price/Book ratio is not calculable. Dividend Yield: 9.50%. The beta ratio is 0.42.

2. Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) has a market capitalization of $26.04 billion. The company generates revenue of $8,541.00 million and has a net income of $1,406.00 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $2,537.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 29.70% (operating margin 28.09% and net profit margin 16.46%).

The total debt represents 22.54% of the company's assets, and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 58.60%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 22.04% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.15 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.25, Price/Sales 3.05 and Price/Book ratio 4.24. Dividend Yield: 5.13%. The beta ratio is 0.55.

3. Lorillard (NYSE:LO) has a market capitalization of $16.28 billion. The company generates revenue of $6,466.00 million and has a net income of $1,116.00 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $1,929.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 29.83% (operating margin 29.26% and net profit margin 17.26%).

The total debt represents 86.27% of the company's assets. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $8.13. Last fiscal year, the company paid $5.20 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.33, Price/Sales 2.50 and Price/Book ratio is not calculable. Dividend Yield: 5.01%. The beta ratio is 0.43.

4. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) has a market capitalization of $71.58 billion. The company generates revenue of $23,800.00 million and has a net income of $3,393.00 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $6,321.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 26.56% (operating margin 25.50% and net profit margin 14.26%).

The total debt represents 37.04% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 371.98%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 76.13% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.16. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.58 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.26, Price/Sales 3.01 and Price/Book ratio 19.56. Dividend Yield: 4.66%. The beta ratio is 0.40.

5. British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI) has a market capitalization of $105.64 billion. The company generates revenue of $24,160.98 million and has a net income of $5,295.36 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $8,218.40 million. The EBITDA margin is 34.02% (operating margin 30.48% and net profit margin 21.92%).

The total debt represents 37.89% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 125.82%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 35.63% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.03. Last fiscal year, the company paid $3.97 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 21.54, Price/Sales 4.37 and Price/Book ratio 8.37. Dividend Yield: 3.84%. The beta ratio is 0.62.

6. Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) has a market capitalization of $155.81 billion. The company generates revenue of $76,346.00 million and has a net income of $8,879.00 million. The firm's EBITDA amounts to $14,325.00 million. The EBITDA margin is 18.76% (operating margin 17.46% and net profit margin 11.63%).

The total debt represents 52.26% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 8,098.25%. Last fiscal year, a return on equity of 457.40% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.04. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.82 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.35, Price/Sales 2.04 and Price/Book ratio 694.96. Dividend Yield: 3.34%. The beta ratio is 0.86.

Disclosure: I am long MO, LO, PM, BTI.