Big tobacco companies have fought vigorously against the Australian government’s plain packaging laws since they were introduced in 2011. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris will be forced to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to Australia after its failed case against plain packaging (...)

The Government has been adamant it will introduce plain tobacco and cigarette packaging despite threats from the tobacco industry of legal action and the loss of 87 jobs in Mullingar following the decision to close the Imperial Tobacco manufacturing plant. File photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Plain packaging on cigarette and tobacco products will come into effect in Ireland in May next year, Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed in(...)

Remaining production is to another of Imperial’s manufacturing sites in the Netherlands

Imperial Tobacco is close its manufacturing facility in Mullingar, Co Westmeath with the loss of 87 jobs. The company, whose brands include Golden Vi(...)

Ryanair enjoyed good activity on Thursday but was a bit quieter on Friday as well as marginally weaker

Tourism stocks continue to lag after the terror attacks in Paris last week and in Mali on Friday, while airline stocks also came under pressure. Trade(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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