Invented in 2003 by Chinese scientist Hon Lik, the electronic cigarette delivers nicotine through an aerosol of propylene glycol and glycerin, rather than via the combustion products of dried tobacco leaves. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Are you one of 700,000 Irish people who smoke? Are you planning to quit this year? If so, you might have been thinking about nicotine replacement as (...)

The introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in Ireland has moved a step closer after the European Court of Justice rejected a case brough(...)

Organisations such as Marks & Spencer have implemented initiatives which go beyond efficiency gains  to “eco-effectiveness”, reducing total ecological impact.

In an increasingly globalised economy, multinational corporations are some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful entities. Just over 1,300 compa(...)

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 (...)