Sleek IQOS store in Korea.
Minji Kim, Ph.D.
Philip Morris has applied to the FDA to market a product that it says is safer than a cigarette, but its own data show that is not true.
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.
Social smoking is just as bad on your heart as regular smoking, a new study suggests.
California Department of Health Services
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.
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.
While smoking in young Australians is declining, roll-your-own cigarettes are becoming more popular.
Fewer young people are smoking, but overall smoking levels remain level. What's stopping smoking levels in all ages dropping further?
Former Attorney-General Nicola Roxon backed Australia’s plain tobacco packaging legislation at the time of its 2012 challenge in the High Court. The latest World Trade Organisation dispute is the third major challenge on legal or trade grounds.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reportedly backed Australia’s laws on plain tobacco packaging implemented from December 2012. The apparent decision marks the end of the last of three cases brought…
Increases in tobacco taxes hurt low-income smokers, who are already stigmatised.
Tobacco tax increases in Australia that will see a packet of cigarettes costing A$40 may discourage smoking, but will end up having unintended consequences for poorer smokers, new research shows.
A file photo from 2013 shows a woman smoking a cigarette.
Dave Martin/AP Photo
Cigarette smoking kills about 480,000 Americans annually and costs nearly US$170 billion in health care each year. Is it time we considered financial incentives to help people quit?
Smoking kills close to 440,000 people in the U.S. each year.
California Department of Health Services
While many groups of people stand to lose health insurance benefits under the new health care bill, smokers would be particularly harmed. Here's how cutbacks in cessation programs could harm them.
E-cigarettes remain effectively banned in Australia because advocates' evidence has failed to convince the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Current smoking cessation rates are not sufficient to meet public health goals.
An "endgame" approach focuses on ending the tobacco pandemic, and foresees a tobacco-free future.
Will a low-nicotine cigarette work for people who love to smoke?
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.
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…
Universities, journals and academics are increasingly concerned about the attempts of some industries to distort the science.
A tin pot dictator plunders billions from his blighted nation’s treasury. Sensing he’ll soon be exiled, amid public relations fanfare, he offers ill-gotten millions to a local university for a new school…
This week The Guardian published a long-form profile by veteran journalist Gideon Haigh of Dr Bronwyn King. I wrote a column about her last October when her efforts to persuade the Australian superannuation…
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…
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…
France’s tobacconists aren’t very happy with plain cigarette packaging.
France is the latest country to consider a law that would ban branded cigarette packages. How effective are they and what's the economic cost?
Research suggests that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than ordinary cigarettes but are still toxic.
The regulation of e-cigarettes has been controversial across the world. As the South African government decides on its approach, there are pros and cons to weigh up.
British American Tobacco says it wants the information to ascertain whether it substantiates government claims about the impact of plain tobacco packaging laws.
Restricting entities such as tobacco companies' use of FOI laws is not the best legal response if it helps public bodies generally become more secretive.