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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. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A tax increase that’s proven to save lives

Tobacco taxes have been shown to curtail cigarette smoking. Why aren't more countries, including the US, implementing them effectively?
Public display in Montevideo, Uruguay, of the toxins found in tobacco. REUTERS/Pablo la Rosa

Philip Morris gets its ash kicked in Uruguay; where will it next blow smoke?

Uruguay fights tobacco more strongly than many countries 100 times its size -- including the U.S. It recently won a battle against Philip Morris. Should others follow the example of this tiny nation?
A World Health Organisation report says e-cigarettes should be regulated, but they are banned in Australia. Lucas Hayas/Flickr

Viewpoints: should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?

The World Health Organisation has just released a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems that calls for their global regulation in the interests of public health. The most well-known such devices…
Not with children. Smoking by Shutterstock

Smoking in cars with children isn’t a private matter

Ask a parent to lock a child in an enclosed smoke-filled space, exposing them to arsenic, tar and formaldehyde, and they’ll inevitably say “no”. Yet one in ten parents continues to do just that. For libertarians…

Public smoking bans linked to healthier kids

Bans on public smoking may lead to drops in childhood asthma and premature births, new research shows. Researchers, led by…
Smoking with children in the car could get the red light. Len Matthews

Smoking ban in cars with children difficult to enforce

More than 500 health care professionals have signed an open letter to MPs urging their support for a ban on smoking in vehicles with children in. The ban forms part of the Children and Families Bill, which…

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