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Looking back in languor? Cullen in the north of Scotland. Raphaël Chekroun

Brexit: big trouble for British tourism

Holiday making accounts for almost a tenth of the British economy. Here's how it might be impacted by a vote to leave the EU.
I support nudging smoking choices by taxation policy, packaging, warnings and information campaigns. But redefining adulthood is a step too far. Lana Veshta/Shutterstock

When is a smoker an adult? Why we shouldn’t raise the legal smoking age to 21

The Tasmanian government is considering whether to raise the age at which people can legally purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 or possibly even 25. California is also moving to increase the legal…
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. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Could FDA e-cigarette regulations help more people quit smoking?

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. andra Cunningham/Shutterstock

What to make of tobacco industry research declarations of ‘no conflicts of interest’?

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…
Anti-smoking momentum among young people is starving the tobacco industry of new smokers, Donnakarn Pongmanutsakorn/Shutterstock

The slow-burn, devastating impact of tobacco plain packs

It is three years since Australia fully implemented its historic tobacco plain packaging law. From December 1, 2012, all tobacco products have been required to be sold in the mandated standardised packs…
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…
‘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. Chad Kainz/Flickr

We got an FOI request from Big Tobacco – here’s how it went

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.
Smokers would not riot in the streets. Many would welcome it. sanjagrujic/Shutterstock

Making smoking history: the case for a smoker’s licence

I’m a regular drug user. Every morning I take a drug to manage blood pressure. I get my supplies from my neighbourhood dealer, but I can get the stuff almost anywhere.

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