Trillions of cigarette butts are littered every year, posing a risk to plant growth, research suggests.
The volunteer went undercover for Aberdeen City Council and visited 24 shops where she attempted to buy cigarettes and e-liquids as part of the trading standards operation.
Banning shops from displaying cigarettes has made children less likely to start smoking, research suggests.
Smokers are almost twice as likely to quit with the help of e-cigarettes than if they rely on nicotine patches or gum, a study has found.
Surveillance powers have been used in a bid to catch traders selling cigarettes to children in the north-east.
A tax dodger has been sentenced after more than 60,000 illicit cigarettes were discovered at a property in the city.
New NHS figures on smoking show there has been a sharp fall in the number of people getting help to kick the habit.
Police are urging North-east residents to be aware of bogus callers following incidents reported in Peterhead.
Smokers may already have noticed that buying small packs of cigarettes and tobacco has become quite difficult, but by the end of May there are more changes to come.
An Aberdeen retailer is believed to be the first in Scotland to be fined for having packets of cigarettes on open display.
Three businesses have been fined after selling cigarettes to an under age council “spy”.
Police are investigating after cigarettes worth more than £1,000 were stolen from a car in Aberdeen.
MORE than 5,000 illegal cigarettes and a large quantity of cash have been seized after raids on several North-east addresses.
CIGARETTES worth an estimated £50,000 have been seized after police swooped on a motorist on the A90.