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Studies suggest friends, family members and even colleagues of smokers or obese people are more likely to smoke or be obese themselves. Barry/Flickr

Beware, a ‘non-communicable’ disease may be socially infectious

The leading cause of death in the world are a group of illnesses known as non-commmunicable diseases. But a growing body of evidence shows they're actually social contagions.
Dying at 70, Cocker effectively lost one day in eight off the life expectancy the average Englishman has today. EPA/Angelika Warmuth

With a little help from his friends … Joe Cocker’s early death

Joe Cocker, the Sheffield singer who died on December 22, will always be remembered as one of the most searing, unforgettable voices of the past forty years. Ten of his best songs can be found here. “Mad…
Despite all we know about tobacco harm, many countries still look the other way. Ehab Edward

Five reasons why some countries are so lax at regulating smoking

Tobacco policy is a global issue. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the world. There are well over one billion smokers in the world, smoking rates are still rising in…
Prior to the introduction of jets, most commercial airplanes were propeller driven, like the DC-3 pictured here. These planes had a limited cruising altitude – and experienced much more turbulence. NOAA Photo Library

Longing for the ‘golden age’ of air travel? Be careful what you wish for

Long lines at security checkpoints, tiny plastic cups of soda, small bags of pretzels, planes filled to capacity, fees attached to every amenity – all reflect the realities of 21st century commercial air…
E-cigarettes should not be sold in Australia, as a therapy or a consumer product. gdvcom/Shutterstock

Health risks of nicotine cast doubt on ‘safer’ e-cigarette

British American Tobacco Australia has lobbied Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to have electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) classified as a harm-reduction pharmaceutical product. If successful…
Children are highly impressionable to marketing. Flickr/Finn Mac Ginty

Why our kids are sending the future of tobacco brands up in smoke

Smoking rates among 12- to 24-year old Australians fell from 15% to 11% in the two years following bans on displaying cigarettes at the point of sale. So does this mean that placing cigarettes out of sight…
A World Health Organisation report says e-cigarettes should be regulated, but they are banned in Australia. Lucas Hayas/Flickr

Viewpoints: should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?

The World Health Organisation has just released a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems that calls for their global regulation in the interests of public health. The most well-known such devices…
It might stop young people seeing smoking on the big screen but it won’t stop them downloading and sharing these movies. Leo Hidalgo/Flickr

Why smoking shouldn’t give movies an automatic R rating

In an era when cinema attendance is in continual decline, the United States Surgeon General’s proposal that all movies depicting smoking should be rated R is a particular form of silliness. The Surgeon…
About 42% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (TSI) people are daily smokers, compared to 16% in the non-Indigenous population. Dave Hunt/AAP

Indigenous smoking program cuts risk widening the gap

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and early death among Indigenous Australians, with smoking responsible for about one in every five deaths. Among Indigenous Australians, tobacco…
Rates of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders are particularly high among marginalised groups such as homeless people. glowcake Berlin/Flickr

The perfect storm: alcohol, drugs, and depression

Robin Williams’ death earlier this week has unleashed an outpouring of grief. It’s undeniable that Williams brought much joy and laughter to the world, but he also talked openly about his depression and…

Raising cigarette taxes reduces suicide

Smoking may increase psychological risk factors for suicide – and raising taxes may lower them. An American study has found…
Just 12.8% of Australians over the age of 14 are now smoking on a daily basis. Flickr: noahvoelker

Plain packs help deter young smokers as uptake drops to new low

Evidence is mounting that plain cigarette packaging is helping prevent young people from becoming addicted, life-long customers of big tobacco. From January 2012, all tobacco products have been sold in…
Not with children. Smoking by Shutterstock

Smoking in cars with children isn’t a private matter

Ask a parent to lock a child in an enclosed smoke-filled space, exposing them to arsenic, tar and formaldehyde, and they’ll inevitably say “no”. Yet one in ten parents continues to do just that. For libertarians…
The toxic effects of cigarette smoke reach far into the lungs. Flickr/SOCIALisBETTER

Explainer: what is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Almost everyone will know someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): an incurable disease of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. Never heard of it? Well, chances are you’ve heard…
It’s highly likely many vapers who continue to smoke do so because they’ve convinced themselves that cutting down on cigarettes has significantly reduced their risk. A. Currell/Flickr

Electronic cigarettes: hope from the hype may harm your health

A UK study published online in the journal Addiction has generated headlines proclaiming electronic cigarettes as an established new way to reduce the harms of smoking or quit altogether. But such claims…

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