Under pressure to create new markets, big alcohol producers are scouring the African continent in what promises to yield negative socioeconomic consequences.
European tokers are still smoking cannabis mixed with tobacco while Americans have shifted to vaping. It's time for Europe to catch up.
Relaxing or risky?
Smoking cannabis can cause addition, impaired memory and even psychosis.
The alcohol industry still makes ads appealing to youth.
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Alcohol companies used controversial marketing practices in their Super Bowl commercials – including using animals and themes that are appealing to youth.
Current smoking cessation rates are not sufficient to meet public health goals.
An "endgame" approach focuses on ending the tobacco pandemic, and foresees a tobacco-free future.
Stephen Conroy is to head up a new gambling industry body, Responsible Wagering Australia.
The gambling industry certainly holds an attraction for former politicians. Perhaps it’s all that money, and the attraction of staying in the game – even if at a peripheral level.
A farm worker tends to a tobacco crop in Beatrice, Zimbabwe. The county has struggled to deliver land reform that benefits landless communities.
Zimbabwe like many other post colonial governments across the globe continues to struggle to attain equitable land reform.
The effects of long-term tobacco smoking on our mental faculties such as memory and concentration are only now becoming known.
Tobacco companies are adapting to Australia’s plain packaging laws by lowering prices and changing their marketing strategies.
Big tobacco companies have found a way around plain packaging with clever marketing techniques that undermine Australian regulations.
Slimmer cigarettes are a growth market for tobacco companies.
In 2012, in the early days of the rise of e-cigarettes, Kingsley Wheaton, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs at British American Tobacco, said “Our core business is, and will remain in, tobacco…
California aggressively fights Big Tobacco usage in ads such as this, with funds voters allocated when they increased the tobacco tax by passing Proposition 99 in 1988. California Department of Public Health.
California Department of Public Health
California has one of the nation's lowest cigarette taxes, due in large part to a powerful tobacco lobby. The power could shift this fall, if a voters agree to raise taxes by $2 a pack.
Sea of Green Farms in Seattle, Washington.
An era of prohibition may soon be over for marijuana, and powerful players are watching. A legal expert explains how smaller, local producers can keep their pot in the game.
This week The Guardian published a long-form profile by veteran journalist Gideon Haigh of Dr Bronwyn King. I wrote a column about her last October when her efforts to persuade the Australian superannuation…
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most wretched tobacco-caused illnesses.
Over the past decade, every researcher’s email inbox has been crammed daily with junk from what have come to be known as predatory journals and conferences. Last week I had 21 offers to send my non-existent…
The Uruguayan government's victory over Philip Morris should embolden other countries to introduce stronger tobacco-control policies.
Very few smokers are willing to seek anything more than brief assistance.
The New Zealand government has decided to reorient its priorities in tobacco control. It has announced it will be pulling 73% of its previous funding support for tobacco control advocacy. The only money…
Research shows how tobacco companies are feeling the effects of smoking bans across the world.
Looking back in languor? Cullen in the north of Scotland.
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.
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.
I support nudging smoking choices by taxation policy, packaging, warnings and information campaigns. But redefining adulthood is a step too far.
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…