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Plain packaging vindicated as court burns Philip Morris

Plain packaging vindicated as court burns Philip Morris

The ruling could pave the way for countries to follow Australia's example, writes Mandarin journalist David Donaldson.

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet's Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

Hollywood fad, or tobacco habits vapourised? The rise of e-cigarettes

Hollywood fad, or tobacco habits vapourised? The rise of e-cigarettes

Hollywood is hooked on e-cigarettes, and some health authorities in the United States believe they help people kick the tobacco habit. So why are they effectively banned in Australia?

Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Anti-cigarette measures up in smoke

Crikey readers talk cigarettes, alcohol, conscription and whether climate change or tectonic activity is to blame for the Solomon Islands' plight.

A Pope for our time

A Pope for our time

Crikey readers talk e-cigarettes, Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi and why this Pope is dope.

Crikey clarifier: are e-cigarettes such a great idea?

Crikey clarifier: are e-cigarettes such a great idea?

Electronic cigarettes are touted as the miracle solution to the worldwide tobacco problem. In Australia they are unregulated, scientifically unsubstantiated and toe a blurry line of legality. Freelance writer Dylan Barber attempts to blow away the smoke.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

ABC talent heads for the door before promotion? ... bikies don pink onesies in Newman protest ... which ministers enjoy a ciggie on parliamentary grounds? ...

Tax hike: will smokers cough up or butt out?

Tax hike: will smokers cough up or butt out?

Labor wants to jack up the tax on cigarettes. Crikey intern Henry Belot investigates whether that will really cut smoking rates, or if it's a cash grab.

Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

Cigs, public servants and visa charges to pay for Labor’s surplus

The government has unveiled its pre-election mini-budget, aiming to raise revenue and cut spending to return to forecast by 2015-16. But it's going to be a painful journey.

Up in smoke

Up in smoke

Crikey readers have their s