NEW YORK (AP) _ RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp., the No. 2 cigarette maker, is selling its international tobacco business for nearly $8 billion to Japan Tobacco Inc. and plans to separate its remaining food and tobacco interests.

The twin announcements today would mean a breakup of a company that was acquired just over a decade ago for about $25 billion in what was the biggest leveraged buyout to that time.

The company had told analysts last month that it was looking to sell or find a partner for its struggling international tobacco business.

But it came as a surprise that its board had also endorsed a plan for subsequent spinoff of the domestic tobacco business into a separate company. Its R.J. Reynolds Tobacco division makes Winston, Camels and Salem cigarettes and is second only to Philip Morris Cos. Inc., the maker of Marlboro.