Big Tobacco will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure moves to quell smoking rates fail.
Big Tobacco relies on tactics of deceit, delay and frustration which it has developed and refined over half a century.
No 1: today’s smokers are all hard core, addicted smokers who can’t or won’t give up.
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…
Puff the magic drag-in
Scotland has just joined the growing list of countries getting tough on the vapes. Here's why the libertarians should pipe down.
Cornered, aggressive cigarette companies are no good to anyone. (sadface)
Vaping has given governments a huge opportunity to cajole cigarette companies towards better public health.
A sales clerk exhales vapor while smoking with a vaporizer during a wait for customers at the e-cigarette shop Henley Vaporium in New York.
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.
Researchers help build a wall of evidence. Conflict of interest declarations tell readers to consider the provenance and context of the work.
Picture a scientist employed by a pharmaceutical company publishing research results that were important bricks in a wall of evidence that could massively benefit their employer down the track. Imagine…
Tax increases are one of the most effective ways of deceasing smoking, and Big Tobacco’s Big Concern.
Raising tobacco tax is the single most important factor driving down smoking.
France’s tobacconists aren’t very happy with plain cigarette packaging.
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?
Packs of Marlboro cigarettes are displayed for sale at a convenience store in Somerville, Massachusetts.
There are plenty of strategies to reduce tobacco use – especially in young people – that don't go as far as a total sales ban.
‘The people of the United Kingdom’ felt the tobacco industry’s record of addicting children and then killing one in two of those who don’t escape their clutches did matter.
Cancer Council Victoria is contesting British American Tobacco's request for survey data about teenagers' smoking habits. Here's the story of a UK research group who faced a similar request.
The case for compensation is worthless: the value of nothing is nothing.
Imagine you were about to buy a property and were advised that in two years time, a major freeway would be built two hundred metres away, greatly diminishing the value of your purchase. Then imagine you…
The tobacco industry used advertising to sell – rather than convey – its message in its lobbying tactics.
The lobbying tactics developed by the US tobacco industry no longer just targeted government, but expanded to include the voting public. These tactics still exist in lobbying today.
Smoking and mental health problems go hand in hand but it's not an easy relationship to untangle.
Trying is not the same as taking up.
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Children three times more likely to experiment with e-cigarettes than tobacco but no sign that it leads to nicotine addiction.
Gauging the pressure to make changes to the law.
The most ardent supporters of alcohol must admit it causes an immense amount of harm.
The tobacco industry warned smokers would use special covers to conceal the large-scale graphic warnings on packs. This hasn’t happened.
There is near-universal agreement that Australia’s implementation of tobacco plain packaging in December 2012 has seen the most virulent opposition ever experienced from the global tobacco industry.
As the House of Lords look set to approve plain packaging, from the tobacco industry's point of view the battle is not over yet.
HMRC crack down.
The illicit tobacco trade is a key part of the campaign against plain packaging but tobacco companies could have done more to stem it.
Branding that will soon be lost.
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The argument that plain packaging encroaches on trademark rights is unconvincing – here's why.
Put you off? That’s the point.
The government’s decision to allow MPs to vote on standardised packaging before the general election will finally bring to an end the tobacco industry’s three-year campaign to prevent regulation of cigarette…