Smokers not only pay a lot of money for cigarettes but also for their health insurance.
To discourage smoking, insurance companies charge higher premiums for smokers. This is having an unexpected consequence: rather than quit smoking, poor people are quitting insurance.
Indigenous women who smoke are well aware of the risks for their babies and want to do something about it.
Almost half of pregnant Indigenous women smoke compared to one in eight in the non-Indigenous population. This means 7,000-9,000 Indigenous babies every year are exposed to smoking in the womb.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most wretched tobacco-caused illnesses.
Over the past decade, every researcher’s email inbox has been crammed daily with junk from what have come to be known as predatory journals and conferences. Last week I had 21 offers to send my non-existent…
The Uruguayan government's victory over Philip Morris should embolden other countries to introduce stronger tobacco-control policies.
Hundreds of millions of these will go up in smoke. Via Shutterstock.
Smoking rates among the poor are almost double the rates for middle-class Americans. Yet we are not providing poor people with the medical help they need to stop. We will pay billions for that later.
Very few smokers are willing to seek anything more than brief assistance.
The New Zealand government has decided to reorient its priorities in tobacco control. It has announced it will be pulling 73% of its previous funding support for tobacco control advocacy. The only money…
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
If South African consumers were educated on how to read and understand the information on food labels, they may be more willing and capable of making healthier food choices.
Smoking therapy – not recommended.
Smoking causes 96,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. The fact that it protects against Parkinson's disease is not a reason to take up the habit.
To vape or not to vape?
New evidence gets to the heart of their cardio-vascular impact.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is responsible for the majority of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases.
The lung is like an upside-down tree where the wind pipe is the trunk and the bronchi are the branches. Chronic lower respiratory diseases affect these branches.
Research shows how tobacco companies are feeling the effects of smoking bans across the world.
The new normal.
Smoking kills. But the shocking warnings on plain packaging might not be the best way to get smokers to kick their habit.
Hypertension is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease. And in the developing world, it is on the rise.
Non-communicable diseases are skyrocketing in Kenya and Uganda. Though the countries’ governments have a responsibility to tackle the problem, individuals need to take action too.
Big Tobacco will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure moves to quell smoking rates fail.
Big Tobacco relies on tactics of deceit, delay and frustration which it has developed and refined over half a century.
Prohibiting tobacco won’t work.
The decision to smoke should be left up to people themselves, not the generations that came before them.
I support nudging smoking choices by taxation policy, packaging, warnings and information campaigns. But redefining adulthood is a step too far.
The Tasmanian government is considering whether to raise the age at which people can legally purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 or possibly even 25. California is also moving to increase the legal…
No 1: today’s smokers are all hard core, addicted smokers who can’t or won’t give up.
Last week, I wrote about factoid-driven myths that just refuse to die. In less than a week, the piece has had more than 1.184 million readers. There’s plainly a big appetite for smoking myth busting, so…
Puff the magic drag-in
Scotland has just joined the growing list of countries getting tough on the vapes. Here's why the libertarians should pipe down.