Emily O’Reilly: How many more lives might be saved or public health further safeguarded if the tobacco directive had been even stricter, if clever lobbyists hadn’t been able to nibble around its edges? Photograph: Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Lobbyists do a very straightforward job. They try to influence legislators to do things, or not to do things, that affect the bottom line of the peopl(...)

Health officials in Britain have for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes, saying they are 95 per cent safer than tobacco equivalents and even suggest(...)

Canadian cigarette packaging. Photgraph: Getty Images

Three tobacco companies are to appeal a Canadian court ruling that awarded more than 15 billion Canadian dollars (€10.96 billion) in damages to Quebec(...)

JTI claims that Ireland, as an EU member state, cannot unilaterally introduce plain packaging on tobacco products.  File photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A supplier of tobacco products is opposing the State’s application to have the Court of Justice of the EU decide various legal issues in a challenge t(...)

JTI claims the new Irish measures will distort and impair the dynamics of competition in the tobacco market

The State wants the Commercial Court to refer to the Court of Justice of the EU issues raised in the legal challenge to its plans to introduce plain p(...)

NYSE traders: Critics say cap-weighted indices run the risk of significant declines if a handful of constituent stocks tumble and that tracker funds will end up being too invested in overpriced stocks, and too little in underpriced stocks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Traditionally, investors had two choices – track stock markets by buying low-cost index funds, or opt for more expensive active funds that try to beat(...)

Reynolds American is to buy rival Lorillard for $25 billion, merging two of the world’s biggest cigarette makers in a deal that includes the sale of (...)

The headquarters of Reynolds American is seen next to the old RJ Reynolds Tobacco smoke stacks in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photograph: Chris Keane/Reuters

Reynolds American and Lorillard are in the final stages of agreeing a complex merger that will reshape Big Tobacco by bringing together two of the thr(...)

On a slow day for the Iseq, Aer Lingus was the biggest riser, finishing the day at €1.47, up 3.8 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Iseq rose by 0.6 per cent yesterday, as most European markets treaded water. Better-than-expected US and Chinese manufacturing data was cancelled(...)

The curve of the German share price index DAX board is pictured at the Frankfurt stock exchange. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

A boost for mining companies and Sky Deutschland helped drive European stocks rose to their highest level in more than six years. Commodity produce(...)