Vaping: invented in 2003 by Chinese scientist Hon Lik, the electronic cigarette delivers nicotine through an aerosol, rather than via the combustion products of dried tobacco leaves

With Ash Wednesday on the horizon, it brings with it one of the traditional times in the year when ideas about quitting smoking come alive. Will smoke(...)

The number of women in Ireland with lung cancer may “substantially outnumber” male cases in the coming years. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The number of women in Ireland with lung cancer may “substantially outnumber” male cases in the coming years with diagnoses of the disease forecast to(...)

Common respiratory conditions account for one-in-five deaths, and one-in-five emergency hospitalisations, in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images

A special taskforce needs to be set up to address the “rising tide” of respiratory disease in Ireland, according to a new report. Lung disease is pla(...)

Edna Powell: “I was very lucky that the donor lung was suitable for me.” Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Edna Powell (71) was diagnosed with lung fibrosis (also known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis) nine years ago. It’s a chronic condition in which the (...)

Diseases of the respiratory system are relatively common. Many viruses are spread by droplets in the air, and find a ready home in our throat and l(...)