When it comes to heading off Big Tobacco’s influence, there are winners and losers.  The advocacy group Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products ranks 33 countries in its first-ever Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index—tracking a key, but oft-overlooked measure,…

Does Big Tobacco have sway in your country? Find out using the first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index, which ranks countries based on the amount of meddling they allow in health policy. Despite attempts to clean up its reputation, the tobacco industry remains “as…

More than 200 people have arrived at emergency rooms across the country with vaping-connected respiratory illnesses, prompting the CDC to issue a health alert on Friday.  Patients have severe shortness of breath, often following days of vomiting, fever and fatigue, forcing…

Regulatory gaps and legal roadblocks are frustrating efforts to pinpoint the cause of critical lung disease suddenly striking teens and young adults who vape.  Until now, the FDA has neither reviewed nor regulated vape products. But 193 potential cases of lung disease and 1…

The WHO’s 7th tobacco report was a mixed bag, praising progress in fighting smoking, but calling out countries lagging on implementing MPOWER tobacco control measures.

Juul paid for access to young people, according to testimony in a US Congressional hearing to determine the company’s role in a youth vaping epidemic that has spiraled since the company’s 2015 launch.  

Tobacco is a big reason that the world isn’t on track to meet a key Sustainable Development Goal: Cut NCD premature mortality by one-third by 2030, the WHO reports. It marks World No Tobacco Day today with a call today for governments to prioritize tobacco control.  …

Armed with tempting sums of cash, Juul Labs has been aggressively recruiting e-cigarette researchers in a bid to show the FDA—by 2022—that its blockbuster vape products are a “net public health good” when it comes to promoting smoking cessation, Sheila Kaplan reports.…

Public health and anti-tobacco organizations put social media giants on notice to stop giving a platform to Big Tobacco’s hired influencers.  

North Carolina is suing Juul Labs for allegedly deceiving the public about the dangers of nicotine and for aggressively marketing vapes to young people. The state is now the first to take legal action against the vaping giant. The complaint seeks to go further than FDA…