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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.
Roll-your-own tobacco contains more additives than factory made cigarettes. So let’s not kid ourselves it’s safer. from www.shutterstock.com

Busting the myth that roll-your-own tobacco has fewer additives

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.
Tobacco companies are adapting to Australia’s plain packaging laws by lowering prices and changing their marketing strategies. Chris Wattie/Reuters

How the tobacco industry is gaming Australian health regulations

Big tobacco companies have found a way around plain packaging with clever marketing techniques that undermine Australian regulations.
No 1: today’s smokers are all hard core, addicted smokers who can’t or won’t give up. Zentinel/Shutterstock

Ten more myths about smoking that will not die

Last week, I wrote about factoid-driven myths that just refuse to die. In less than a week, the piece has had more than 1.184 million readers. There’s plainly a big appetite for smoking myth busting, so…
Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue. 55Laney69/Flickr

Labor would slug smokers to boost revenue, improve health

A Shorten government would further substantially increase the excise on tobacco, taking the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to nearly A$41 by 2020 and boosting revenue by $47.7 billion over a decade.
Many thousands of people stop and reduce their smoking every year. Raúl Villalón/Flickr

Are today’s smokers really more ‘hardened’?

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…

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