Articles on Tobacco control

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Will a low-nicotine cigarette work for people who love to smoke? From www.shutterstock.com

Why requiring low-nicotine cigarettes is still ill-advised

Requiring low-nicotine cigarettes sounds good, but it's not the answer. Policy makers instead should speed up the support of safer, satisfying forms of nicotine and tobacco.
Slimmer cigarettes are a growth market for tobacco companies. Dedyukhin Dmitry/Shutterstock

Big Tobacco sees its future in cigarettes, not vaping

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…
Universities, journals and academics are increasingly concerned about the attempts of some industries to distort the science. lipik/Shutterstock

When industry-sponsored research is on the nose

A tin pot dictator plunders billions from his blighted nation’s treasury. Sensing he’ll soon be exiled, amid public relations fanfare, he offers ill-gotten millions to a local university for a new school…
Very few smokers are willing to seek anything more than brief assistance. RaulLieberwirth/flickr

Has New Zealand lost its way in tobacco control?

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…
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…
Smoking has long been embedded in prison culture. www.shutterstock.com

Why banning smoking in prisons is a good idea

It's fair to say Victoria's ban on smoking in prisons has had some teething issues, but there's strong evidence to suggest the move is doing the right thing by inmates, staff and the health system.
Smokers respond to more filtered or more diluted cigarettes by taking bigger puffs and more of them. Pe3k/F/Shutterstock

Next step for tobacco control? Make cigarettes less palatable

Past tobacco control measures have changed the pack, while the cigarettes inside remain the same. A logical next step is to regulate how companies engineer cigarettes to promote their use.
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.
A study of English smokers found that those using e-cigarettes were no more likely to quit smoking at 12 month than those not vaping. Tibanna79/Shutterstock

Want to quit smoking? Switching to e-cigarettes no advantage

A study published today in the leading journal Addiction might just change everything for electronic cigarettes

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