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.
Research shows how tobacco companies are feeling the effects of smoking bans across the world.
Recent cases have upheld the EU's regulation and the rights of national governments to enforce it.
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.
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?
Looking for a gateway effect between e-cigarettes and smoking is understandable. But is it the best question to ask about e-cigarette use?
There are plenty of strategies to reduce tobacco use – especially in young people – that don't go as far as a total sales ban.
Past tobacco control measures have changed the pack, while the cigarettes inside remain the same. A logical next step is to regulate how companies engineer cigarettes to promote their use.