Shao Fei lights a cigarette on a Beijing street in 2015 as a co-worker looks on. Shao said at the time that higher taxes on cigarettes would lead him to stop smoking.
Tobacco taxes have been shown to curtail cigarette smoking. Why aren't more countries, including the US, implementing them effectively?
A patient suffering from dengue fever lies in a hospital bed in Peshawar, Pakistan, in October. Cases of dengue fever – a painful mosquito-borne spread disease – have doubled every decade since 1990. Environmental health experts are pointing the finger at climate change.
(AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
What if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? There are lessons to be learned from the successful public health campaigns against smoking.
Filters were engineered to make cigarettes taste better, and seem safer.
Many smokers still think filters make cigarettes safer. But they actually make them more harmful, and the tobacco industry has known about this for a long time.
Most people know that second-hand smoke is dangerous, but evidence that third-hand smoke is dangerous too is growing.
Studies have shown that most smokers wish they had never smoked and that they wish they could stop. Lowering the levels of nicotine, the addictive chemical in cigarettes, would be a big step.
FDA Director Scott Gottlieb has proposed discussions about drastically cutting nicotine levels in cigarettes. This could result in some of the biggest health gains in history.
A new study reveals the risks of vaping in non-smoking teenagers.
Do you know what’s in your cigarettes?
Do US smokers really know the risks? Research from Australia, Canada and Mexico shows that there are better ways to warn consumers.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains more additives than factory made cigarettes. So let’s not kid ourselves it’s safer.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains additives to stop it from drying out. So, it's hardly a "natural" or "healthier" alternative to factory made cigarettes.
The UK is the latest country where tobacco companies cannot market their brands on their packets.
The effects of long-term tobacco smoking on our mental faculties such as memory and concentration are only now becoming known.
Tobacco companies are adapting to Australia’s plain packaging laws by lowering prices and changing their marketing strategies.
Big tobacco companies have found a way around plain packaging with clever marketing techniques that undermine Australian regulations.
Hidden links between tobacco companies and tobacco control opponents may be hindering plain packaging legislation around the world.
The Uruguayan government's victory over Philip Morris should embolden other countries to introduce stronger tobacco-control policies.
To vape or not to vape?
New evidence gets to the heart of their cardio-vascular impact.
There is a curious paradox at the heart of the food group's new nutrition scheme: the less consumers trust Big Food, the less attention they will pay to the labels.
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.
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…
Cornered, aggressive cigarette companies are no good to anyone. (sadface)
Vaping has given governments a huge opportunity to cajole cigarette companies towards better public health.
Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue.
A Shorten government would further substantially increase the excise on tobacco, taking the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to nearly A$41 by 2020 and boosting revenue by $47.7 billion over a decade.
Many thousands of people stop and reduce their smoking every year.
As smoking continues its inexorable southward journey toward single-digit percentages of populations being smokers, it’s common to hear people say the smokers who remain are all “hard core”, heavily dependent…