And why the gap may soon be closing in some countries.
There is little evidence that vaping is an effective way to quit smoking or reduce health risks.
As new vaping-related lung diseases continue to be identified, jurisdictions around the world might want to take a look at new vaping regulations in British Columbia, Canada.
A new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal describes a case of severe, life-threatening airway injury related to vaping that occurred in a Canadian youth.
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As vaping increases among youth, so do the life-threatening lung injuries that accompany it. 'Popcorn lung' is the latest.
More than 20 countries have banned e-cigarettes.
The recent vaping-related deaths in the US have brought the issue into the spotlight around the world.
We've still got a lot to learn about the long term health effects of vaping. But based on what we know so far, vaping liquids containing oils, and especially cannabis/THC liquids, should be avoided.
Slum residents were said to do less exercise because of cheap motorcycle taxis.
Societal pressures make it hard for people living in low-income areas to change their ways.
‘Living Mady Easy: Revolving hat’, a satirical print with a hat supporting a spy glass, an ear trumpet, a ciggar, a pair of glasses, and a scent box, 1830, London.
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The history of smell in 18th-century England reveals the complex story of scent and personal space.
Parents' substance use affects children's physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
Scotland successfully targeted its smoking problem, now it needs to do the same for obesity.
They're effective – and popular.
The latest statistics show smoking’s legacy when it comes to preventable deaths from cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke.
Smoking-related cardiovascular disease like heart attack and stroke results in 11,400 people being sent to hospital and 6,400 people dying in Australia each year, new research shows.
Zambia’s daliance with cigarette manufacturing is a cautionary tale for other African countries.
As Zambia's case study shows, the benefits of boosting investment in cigarette manufacturing run the risk of being wiped out by the health and economic development costs of increasing smoking.
Smoking is a threat to public health.
Ghana is the latest country in Africa to mandate the use of pictures on cigarette packages to convey health warnings.
Taxing harmful behaviour like smoking and gambling have become too lucrative for governments to turn away from.
Governments are addicted to tax revenue from harmful activities. It is stopping them from doing what is in society's best interests.
Documents show tobacco companies have marketed their products to young people.
Tobacco companies are enlisting the help of social media influencers to promote traditional cigarettes and their brands to young people.
The evidence shows that vaping is creating a generation of nicotine-addicted youth, who start with e-cigarettes and move on to smoke tobacco products.
Vaping devices were designed as a clean way of delivering nicotine, to help people stop smoking tobacco. Now, with gummy bear flavours and celebrity endorsements, they are a serious public health problem.
Just because a treatment works for some people, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
It's hard to decide which treatment to choose when trying to quit smoking or lose weight. The term 'number needed to treat' could help you decide what is most likely to work.
A man at a recovery center in Youngstown, Ohio, smokes a cigarette, June 15, 2017.
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For those who don't smoke cigarettes, the dangers may seem distant. Yet smoking still kills millions each year. A new study suggests that e-cigarettes might curb this public health tragedy.
Smoking is a major public health threat.
Research shows that a higher excise tax rate on tobacco would result in a decrease in the number of people who smoke.
E-cigarettes may help smokers quit but research is still limited.