Taxing harmful behaviour like smoking and gambling have become too lucrative for governments to turn away from.
Governments are addicted to tax revenue from harmful activities. It is stopping them from doing what is in society's best interests.
Documents show tobacco companies have marketed their products to young people.
Tobacco companies are enlisting the help of social media influencers to promote traditional cigarettes and their brands to young people.
The evidence shows that vaping is creating a generation of nicotine-addicted youth, who start with e-cigarettes and move on to smoke tobacco products.
Vaping devices were designed as a clean way of delivering nicotine, to help people stop smoking tobacco. Now, with gummy bear flavours and celebrity endorsements, they are a serious public health problem.
Just because a treatment works for some people, doesn’t mean it will work for you.
It's hard to decide which treatment to choose when trying to quit smoking or lose weight. The term 'number needed to treat' could help you decide what is most likely to work.
A man at a recovery center in Youngstown, Ohio, smokes a cigarette, June 15, 2017.
David Dermer/AP Photo
For those who don't smoke cigarettes, the dangers may seem distant. Yet smoking still kills millions each year. A new study suggests that e-cigarettes might curb this public health tragedy.
Smoking is a major public health threat.
Research shows that a higher excise tax rate on tobacco would result in a decrease in the number of people who smoke.
E-cigarettes may help smokers quit but research is still limited.
Orchard Road, Singapore.
There are other things which cause air pollution – cars, for example – which will have a much bigger impact.
Tobacco companies stalled introducing plain packs, explored loopholes in the law and didn't follow through with suggested price cuts.
Economic tactics play a big part in a habit that's hard to break.
People with a mental health condition are more likely to be smokers.
Smoking rates are high among Australians with a mental illness. Quitting is likely to improve their physical and mental health; supporting them to do so should be part of mental health care.
Away with you.
Why tobacco giant isn't a credible partner for anti-cigarette smoking policy just yet, despite what they want you to think.
A discarded Juul on the floor of a San Francisco streetcar March 20, 2018.
E-cigarettes are hotly debated because of the uncertainty of whether they are a gateway to cigarette smoking for teens, or an aid to smoking cessation. One thing is clear: They are not biodegradable.
E-cigarettes have proved a useful tool to stop many smoking, but they may have their own health problems too.
Staying in school improves your chances of a healthy future.
New data underscore that adults with no high school diploma or GED are at the greatest risk for the leading causes of disease and death.
An Ottawa high school student looks at plain cigarette packaging examples on World No Tobacco Day in May 2016. Tobacco companies are railing against Ottawa’s plans for plain cigarette packaging in Canada.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canadian government is currently drafting regulations on plain packaging for cigarettes. Tobacco companies are trying to weaken the regulations via lobbying and misleading PR campaigns.
Changing people's behaviour is a huge challenge, but it is critical for good health and a sustainable planet.
A chemist assesses the potential risks of electronic cigarettes.
PT HM Sampoerna/Philip Morris International uses creativity and empowerment messages through social media to market their cigarettes to a younger audience.
The tobacco industry in Indonesia can still advertise cigarettes on television, radio and billboards. Now it's using popular social media channels too.
Young people may be vaping during school, a study of Twitter posts suggests.
A new e-cigarette called Juul may be gaining popularity among youth. A new study used a novel approach to see if kids are vaping in school.