Tobacco companies say they may mount a legal challenge to the Government decision to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products.
The success of the smoking ban has had a positive impact on the health of the less well off in society.
Today, Ash Wednesday, is national 'No Smoking Day' and the Irish Heart Foundation is encouraging people - including those who smoke only occasionally - to stop.
Health Minister James Reilly has revealed he wants to hike the cost of tobacco in the budget – and in every budget for the remainder of the Government.
A group representing the rights of smokers said today that putting graphic images on cigarette packets will not put people off smoking.
Russia’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for a ban on all tobacco advertising.
Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald today said that it is up to local authorities to impose regulations against smoking in public parks and playgrounds, not the Government.
The Seanad will debate new legislation next month calling for smoking to be banned in cars where children are present.
'No smoking' signs may be driving more people to light up, a psychological study suggests.
Chinese health authorities are renewing a push to ban smoking in indoor public places, adding more venues like hotels and restaurants as of May 1, though still excluding many workplaces.
Bar and restaurant owners in Spain fear a ban on smoking in public places will worsen the country's economic crisis.
The Office of Tobacco Control says 97% of workplaces are fully complying with the workplace smoking ban introduced more than five years ago.
The proportion of people who smoke in Ireland has increased over the past seven years despite the introduction of the workplace smoking ban and significant increases in the price of cigarettes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling on the Irish authorities to implement stronger tobacco-control policies in order to do more to reduce smoking.
The Boston Public Health Commission is scheduled to vote soon on expanded smoking restrictions that would be among the toughest in the US.
The smoky cafe, essence of the French lifestyle to many, will be but a hazy memory from next week.
A pub landlord was fined £500 (€719) and ordered to pay £2,000 (€2,876) prosecution costs today after he admitted flouting the smoking ban in public places in England.
Enforcement teams reported total compliance today as the smoking ban ushered in anew era for the North.
Air pollution in Irish pubs is down 83% since the start of the smoking ban, according to latest research by anti-smoking experts.
The countdown to the introduction of a smoking ban in the North was signalled today with a campaign to prepare the public and businesses for the changes.
Hong Kong will become a mostly smoke-free city tomorrow when a ban on lighting up inside restaurants, workplaces, schools, karaoke lounges and public areas comes into force.
The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is warning the Government that it will launch a vigorous campaign to up the price of cigarettes in the next budget.
An anti-smoking lobby group is calling for the smoking ban to be strengthened and clarified in order to clamp down on increasingly enclosed smoking areas in pubs.
The Irish Prison Officers Association is calling for the workplace smoking ban to be extended to include all of Ireland's jails.
A new survey has reportedly found that one-fifth of Irish drinkers are choosing to drink at home more frequently since the introduction of the workplace smoking ban.
Half of all young people starting to smoke today will eventually die due to cigarettes, it was claimed today.
The workplace smoking ban introduced a year ago has already made a difference to the health of bar workers, according to the Office of Tobacco Control.
A new survey has reportedly found that the workplace smoking ban is causing a fall-off in pub business, but high prices are having a much more detrimental effect.
The American Lung Association has presented the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern with an award to mark Ireland's workplace smoking ban.
Doctors in the North are demanding the implementation of a workplace smoking ban similar to the one operating in the Republic.
Pro-smoking stickers designed to cover up Government health warnings on cigarette boxes are a sick joke aimed at young smokers, health experts have claimed.
New figures from the Office of Tobacco Control have highlighted a slight slippage in the level of compliance with the workplace smoking ban in recent months.
Council leaders in Liverpool tonight voted to ban smoking in public places.
A group of British politicians arrived in Dublin tonight to investigate the success of the ban on smoking in public places.
Fears thousands of hospitality workers would lose their jobs in the wake of the smoking ban were unjustified, an anti-smoking group claimed today.
The vast majority of Irish people support the workplace smoking ban, according to a survey commissioned by the Department of Health.
According to the Vintners' Federation of Ireland, turnover in the pub industry is down by an average of 25% across rural Ireland.
The Vintners' Federation of Ireland (VFI) is pleading with the Government for some form of relaxation of the smoking ban legislation and the 9pm watershed involving families, as reports from 6,000 members throughout the country confirm loss of business.
The owner of the Hollyrood Hotel in Bundoran, Co Donegal, has vowed that breaches of the workplace smoking ban will no longer be allowed on the premises.
A popular Irish hotel, owned by Donegal football manager Brian McEniff, has been consistently flouting the smoking ban, it emerged tonight.
Legislation expected to be passed this October will mean cigarette packets will show graphic images in the latest attempt to scare smokers out of their habit.
Hellraiser Colin Farrell has hit out at the smoking ban.
A publican from Galway has become the first in the country to be prosecuted for breaching the smoking ban.
The Department of Health has reportedly claimed that smokers prosecuted for breaching the workplace smoking ban risk not being permitted entry to the US or Australia.
The smoking ban in New York was an unqualified success, anti-smoking groups said today.
The rebellion against the smoking ban looked to have been stubbed out tonight as a string of pubs which had openly defied the law backed down and put their ashtrays away.
The Southern Health Board has issued formal warnings to two pubs in Cork that are defying the workplace smoking ban.
The Licensed Vintners Association has claimed the workplace smoking ban has led directly to the loss of 2,000 jobs in Dublin.
The owners of Fibber Magees pub in Galway are to bring a constitutional challenge against the smoking ban, Sky News has reported.
The Galway pub at the centre of the smoking row is to reinforce the ban.
The Minister for Justice has said publicans who flout the law on the smoking ban could lose their licence to trade.
A Limerick pub has become the latest pub in Ireland to join the revolt against the Government’s ban on smoking in the workplace.
The Irish Cancer Society has criticised a number of publicans for openly defying the workplace smoking ban.
Defence Minister Michael Smith has told the Dáil that the Government is not worried about the enforcement of the workplace smoking ban.
The joint owners of a Galway pub were taking legal advice today ahead of a formal deadline to re-introduce the smoking ban on their premises.
The Galway publican who is openly defying the workplace smoking ban has been given until 4pm today to implement the ban or face court action.
The anti-smoking group ASH Ireland has called on Health Minister Micheál Martin to take action against a Galway publican who is openly defying the workplace smoking ban.
A group representing publicans refused today to back a landlord’s decision to openly flout the smoking ban.
Inspectors from the Western Health Board are expected to visit the Galway pub that is openly defying the smoking ban later today.
The number of smokers in Ireland has dropped by almost 200,000 in the last six years, a major conference on European tobacco control has heard.