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

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

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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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