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(...)