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E-cigarettes should not be sold in Australia, as a therapy or a consumer product. gdvcom/Shutterstock

Health risks of nicotine cast doubt on ‘safer’ e-cigarette

British American Tobacco Australia has lobbied Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to have electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) classified as a harm-reduction pharmaceutical product. If successful…
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…

Raising cigarette taxes reduces suicide

Smoking may increase psychological risk factors for suicide – and raising taxes may lower them. An American study has found…
E-cigarettes are battery operated units that vapourise fluids into fine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Image from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what are electronic cigarettes?

As rates of smoking fall in Australia, electronic cigarette manufacturers are moving in. Liberty Flights last week released an (awful) online ad to “create awareness” of electronic or e-cigarettes in the…
The butts flicked by smokers can end up lining birds' nests – but why? Matthew Kenwrick

Urban birds may use cigarettes as medicine

The negative impacts of cigarettes on both smokers and those around them are widely known. While some effects are cosmetic (wrinkling, yellowing of the skin), others, such as cancer, can be fatal. But…
The chemicals in cigarette smoke trigger genes that kill egg cells in women. Flickr/Junjan

Chemicals in cigarette smoke linked to lower fertility

Young girls who are exposed to cigarette smoke could experience reduced fertility later in life, a three-year study has found…
Addiction and cognitive dissonance: many smokers keep puffing even after a diagnosis of lung cancer. Flickr/drinksmachine.

Dead keen for a smoke: puffing on with lung and colorectal cancer

About one in seven people diagnosed with lung cancer report that they keep smoking, as do one in 11 colorectal cancer patients…

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