How can students think critically about information in today’s age?
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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
Classifying e-cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy could help the tobacco industry influence health policy.
Classing e-cigarettes as quit smoking aids could help rebrand the tobacco industry as a legitimate player in health policy. Here's why we should be concerned.
Californians are going to be seeing more messages like this because voters stood up to Big Tobacco and passed a $2 tobacco tax increase.
California Department of Health Services
Thanks to voters ignoring Big Tobacco, California may be the first smoke free society. Here's how it happened.
South Africa’s proposed tax on sugary drinks will help improve public health despite the overwrought opposition from the industry.
The decision to tax sugary drinks in South Africa faces furious industry opposition, but global experience shows industry cannot be trusted to put public health before profits.
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.
Tobacco companies are spending millions to stop a cigarette tax increase in California that public health officials say would save thousands of lives a year.
California Department of Health Services
California, the nation's single largest market for cigarettes, has one of the lowest taxes on them. A proposal to raise the tax by US$2 a pack could signal a sea change.
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…
Hidden links between tobacco companies and tobacco control opponents may be hindering plain packaging legislation around the world.
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…
Research shows how tobacco companies are feeling the effects of smoking bans across the world.
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.
No 1: today’s smokers are all hard core, addicted smokers who can’t or won’t give up.
Last week, I wrote about factoid-driven myths that just refuse to die. In less than a week, the piece has had more than 1.184 million readers. There’s plainly a big appetite for smoking myth busting, so…
Puff the magic drag-in
Scotland has just joined the growing list of countries getting tough on the vapes. Here's why the libertarians should pipe down.
Cornered, aggressive cigarette companies are no good to anyone. (sadface)
Vaping has given governments a huge opportunity to cajole cigarette companies towards better public health.
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.
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.
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…
Tax increases are one of the most effective ways of deceasing smoking, and Big Tobacco’s Big Concern.
Raising tobacco tax is the single most important factor driving down smoking.