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Immediate cash incentives have been shown to be more effective in helping people quit, and cost us less in the long-run. Sajjad Zabihi/Unsplash

Why we should pay people to stop smoking

Studies have found paying people to quit is more effective than other methods, so why are we not considering it in Australia?
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. DenisProductions.com/Shutterstock.com

Why lowering nicotine in cigarettes could change the course of health

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.
Social smoking is just as bad on your heart as regular smoking, a new study suggests. California Department of Health Services

Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

About one in 10 Americans say they sometimes smoke, often in social settings. Many think it's not so bad for them. A new study has some scary findings, when it comes to matters of the heart.
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy. from www.shutterstock.com

How e-cigarettes could ‘health wash’ the tobacco industry

Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
Will a low-nicotine cigarette work for people who love to smoke? From www.shutterstock.com

Why requiring low-nicotine cigarettes is still ill-advised

Requiring low-nicotine cigarettes sounds good, but it's not the answer. Policy makers instead should speed up the support of safer, satisfying forms of nicotine and tobacco.
Slimmer cigarettes are a growth market for tobacco companies. Dedyukhin Dmitry/Shutterstock

Big Tobacco sees its future in cigarettes, not vaping

In 2012, in the early days of the rise of e-cigarettes, Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco, said “Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco…
A sales clerk exhales vapor while smoking with a vaporizer during a wait for customers at the e-cigarette shop Henley Vaporium in New York. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Could FDA e-cigarette regulations help more people quit smoking?

Federal officials could give the FDA authority to develop e-cigarette regulations. But developing regulations that maximize their benefits and minimize their risks is harder than it looks.
The odds of quitting cigarettes are 28% lower in those who use e-cigarettes compared with those who don’t. pryzmat/Shutterstock

How shaky are the twin pillars of the case for e-cigarettes?

The central arguments made for the importance of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are that they are an exceptionally good way to quit smoking and that they represent trivial risk to health compared…

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