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Mentally ill Australians have a life expectancy 25 years lower than the rest of the population. AAP

Mental illness is no excuse for turning a blind eye to smoking

Almost half of all cigarettes smoked in Australia, the US and the UK are smoked by people with a mental illness. It’s a startling statistic and it paints a grim picture for the physical health of the one…
Plain packaging could spell the death of the cigarette brand in Australia and beyond. thana/flickr

Spluttering on: why big tobacco just can’t butt out on plain packaging

British American Tobacco Australia has launched yet another attack on the Australian government’s plain packaging legislation. On top of its latest “Where’s the proof?” campaign, launched today, it is…
Young smokers would need to sit an interview before they could buy cigarettes. AAP

A licensing scheme to make smokers butt out for good

Under this proposal, anyone who wanted to buy a tobacco product would need to have a licence. This wouldn’t happen overnight – we would need to identify a starting point to the scheme, which might be five…
Part of the British American Tobacco Australia campaign launched today.

Big Tobacco’s death-defying campaign on plain packaging

The tobacco industry has launched a national media campaign today, questioning the Federal Government’s proposed plain packaging legislation. It will also release a series of confidential government documents…

Brain receptors linked to risk of smoking relapse

Difficulties smokers face when quitting may be due to how many “mu opioid” receptors they have in their brain. This is the…
People in the developing world are more likely to have lifestyle and infectious diseases. AAP

How to combat the deadly epidemic of lifestyle disease

On Sunday, China banned smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces. But a lack of public understanding about the dangers of smoking in the nation of 300 million smokers…
The AAR campaign against plain cigarette packaging is funded by big tobacco. Jessica Rabbit/Flickr

Tobacco PR push runs out of puff as retailers play victim

Ever since Pope Urban VII spent part of his 13-day reign in 1590 threatening smokers with excommunication, smoking regulation has been controversial. And the response from tobacco supporters and companies…
Although banned from sale in Australia, e-cigarettes are readily available online. AAP

E-cigarettes aren’t a solution – they’re part of the problem

On a recent long-haul flight, with very limited movie options, I watched the Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp movie The Tourist (two thumbs firmly down). A particular scene on a train to Venice did catch…
Incremental measures have reduced smoking among men from 72% in 1945 to 21% in 2007.

Plain cigarette packaging will change smoking… slowly

When it comes to branding and advertising, much of what we are exposed to creates only marginal difference. But even small differences can tip the balance toward a particular choice, and plain packaging…

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