The Australian government has proposed these 'plain-packaged' cigarettes, which would be a world-first. Doctors in Britain have condemned the British government's delay in introducing similar plain packaging for tobacco products

Australian health minister Tanya Plibersek adds fuel to Lynton Crosby row over cigarette packaging

Australia’s Health Minister has accused the UK Government of dropping plans to introduce blank cigarette packaging due to pressure from tobacco companies and one of their former lobbyists now working for the Conservatives.

Lynton Crosby played a big part in the Tories’ election win

Now Cameron aide Lynton Crosby’s links to fracking industry are explored

Lynton Crosby under more pressure following Government’s decision to abandon tobacco pledge

PM's election guru Lynton Crosby triggers smoke alarm

Has his work for a tobacco giant had any influence over government policy?

Three of the proposed models of cigarettes packs in Australia

David Cameron's election guru Lynton Crosby blamed for shelving of plain cigarette packaging plan

Doctors' leaders and medical charities said lives would be lost because of the move

Ban on tobacco displays hits sales at Booker's Makro

The cash-and-carry giant Booker outlined the huge impact the display ban on tobacco and black market cigarettes are having on its new Makro division yesterday.

Costa Rica 'accidentally' legalises gay marriage

Conservative lawmakers voted for the bill to pass but later realised that a change in the language could allow gay marriage.

Businessman's home-made bomb detectors ‘fake’, court hears

A businessman created a £3m-per-year company selling home-made bomb detectors that did not work, a court has heard.

The News Matrix: Thursday 27 June 2013

American footballer in murder charge

The remains of the Twin Towers after the 9/11 attacks

A million people started smoking again in the wake of 9/11, a new study has revealed

Scientist is advocating free nicotine replacement therapies after estimated 1.3 million former smokers picked the habit back up after the terrorist attack in 2001

Electronic smoking devices invented by Hon Lik

Q&A: How do e-cigarettes work?

Manufacturers to face tough new tests before they can sell devices that help smokers avoid the lethal effects of tobacco

Campaigners say that e-cigarettes could undermine efforts to reduce smoking

A drag for the makers of e-cigarettes? Crackdown will treat them as a drug

Manufacturers to face tough new tests before they can sell devices that help smokers avoid the lethal effects of tobacco

Police investigate after toddler is 'slapped and burned' by man he wet with water pistol

Police said the man appeared to have become angry and slapped the toddler before burning him with a cigarette and leaving him with a slight injury

American researchers found that cigarette breaks, increased absenteeism and greater healthcare costs combined to the extra burden smokers place on employers

£4,000 a year: The cost to employers of smokers' cigarette breaks, illness cover and health care costs

Smokers cost £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers, a study has claimed.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on 22 April 2013

After Michael Douglas' claims, the doctors' verdict on oral sex: There's only a 'very small' risk of cancer

Michael Douglas may have been displaying admirable candour when he told a journalist this weekend that his throat cancer had been caused by a virus “which…comes about from cunnilingus” – but he also sparked a minor health scare.

Smoking ban introduced in Russia, the land of the 60p pack of cigarettes

A smoking ban in some public places has come into force today in Russia, a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system