Court of Justice of the European Union  considered legislation introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Health has been an important theme in the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the last month. In case C-333/14, in a referen(...)

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(...)

 Luc Besson: “the number of connections in the human body is insane”

Luc Besson is discussing a car-chase scene from his new blockbuster, Lucy. Plus ça change, right? Mais non. The sequence in question featur(...)

Australia, less than a year ago, became the first country to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes. It did so to reduce the number of deaths (...)

The Government last week approved the first draft of laws to allow for plain packaging.

The world’s largest tobacco company has warned the Government the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes could lead to “an extremely high p(...)

Packets of cigarettes  on display. By 2014 plain packets will be in every shop in the State. Photograph: Getty Images

We don’t believe it’s ever been established that smoking is the cause of disease.” “I’m unclear in my own mind whether anyone dies of cigarette s(...)

Tobacco smuggling is estimated to cost the State up to €250 million a year. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The public needs to be made aware that illegal tobacco smuggling is not a victimless crime, according to a prominent Government TD. Damien English, th(...)