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(...)

Turnover at JTI Ireland fell to just over €652 million last year, compared with almost €659 million in 2013. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pretax profit at tobacco distributor JTI Ireland rose sharply in 2014 despite a fall-off in demand for cigarettes in the Irish market. Accounts for(...)

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(...)

The corporate element of Arthur Cox’s work for child and family agency Tusla is worth €800,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The legal firm Arthur Cox has received more than €16 million from Government departments and State bodies since 2011, according to newly released figu(...)

Minister for Children, James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

As reported on Friday, Minister for Children James Reilly (pictured) is looking at whether he can prevent any firm that has a contract with a tobacco (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce plain cigarette packaging. File photograph:Jonathan Brady/PA

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned smokers of the number of serious diseases linked to smoking and insisted the Government will introduce pla(...)

In a bid to fight off plain packaging, tobacco companies have voiced support for health warnings to cover nearly the entire packet

The manufacturers of Benson and Hedges increased the sales of one of its brands in 2007 by nearly €100 million-a-year in the United Kingdom on the bac(...)

JTI Ireland, owner of the Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut brands, has told the Government  it will take legal action if they fail to promise by Friday that no further steps will be taken to enact the draft law on plain packaging. Photograph: Reuters

The Oireachtas “will not be intimidated by external forces” in legislating to control tobacco use which is responsible for 5,200 deaths each year, Min(...)