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 1:00

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(...)

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares rebounded on Wednesday from a one-week low the day before, supported by the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. T(...)

As England is set to introduce standardised cigarette packaging, Imperial Tobacco has warned the British government that it will sue to protect its intellectual property rights.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

British MPs have voted by a large majority to force cigarette manufacturers in England to sell cigarettes from May next year in standard, olive-green (...)

Exploration and production-related stocks tumbled after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut prices to the US. Brent crude slid to near $82 a barrel – extending losses to a fourth session. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks declined for a second day, as officials cut growth forecasts for the euro region, and oil companies plunged on tumbling prices for the(...)

 Imperial Tobacco was “taken aback” by the 40 cent increase on a packet of cigarettes announced by Michael Noonan. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

It isn’t very often the tobacco industry comes out to play on the publicity pitch. But the award for press release of the week must go to Imperial Tob(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. The building materials company’s shares finished down 1.8 per cent at the close yesterday, following the release of the company’s half-yearly figures. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Both European and US stocks made gains yesterday, with Ireland and Iceland the only western countries not to record a positive day’s trading while (...)

Espirito Santo plunged 11 per cent to 39.6 cents, its lowest price since June 2012. Photograph: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg

Markets went into retreat yesterday on renewed fears about Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo and comments from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen (...)

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 (...)


One person expecting a bear market is Marc “Dr Doom” Faber, who last week warned that the S&P 500 was facing a 30 per cent drop. Faber famo(...)