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California aggressively fights Big Tobacco usage in ads such as this, with funds voters allocated when they increased the tobacco tax by passing Proposition 99 in 1988. California Department of Public Health. California Department of Public Health

Big Tobacco aims its guns to kill California tobacco tax

California has one of the nation's lowest cigarette taxes, due in large part to a powerful tobacco lobby. The power could shift this fall, if a voters agree to raise taxes by $2 a pack.
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?
Homeless in Los Angeles: Bernard Leatherhood (62) and Arthur Johnson (72). Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

How the homeless population is changing: it’s older and sicker

Field research in Oakland highlights a major issue that Americans have yet to face up to: how to deal with growing numbers of homeless older people in our streets.
Packets of synthetic cannabinoids illegally sold in New York City. Sebastien Malo/Reuters

Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

Synthetic cannabinoids – drugs that mimic the psychoactive effect of cannabis – have been linked to injuries and deaths. And when one is banned, another rises to take its place.
Silent Witness, more added glam to the final exam. BBC Pictures

As a pathologist, it’s my job to speak up for the dead

Pulling bullets out of homicide victims makes up part of my job as a forensic pathologist, but not the most interesting part. No, I love a head-scratcher. Dead for no clear reason is the real whodunit…

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