After years of debate, the FDA announced yesterday that it intends to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. 

Anti-smoking campaigners face a tough sell in Zimbabwe, where tobacco farmers have enjoyed a bumper year crop this year.   And the government has the farmers’ backs. Tobacco, now one of Zimbabwe’s biggest moneymakers, has caught the eye of the country’s agricultural…

Menthol cigarettes escaped a US FDA ban on flavored cigarettes in 2009, but that may change after a lawsuit from public health groups highlighting the products’ disproportionate use among Black smokers.  

In Europe, tobacco use among women is declining much slower compared to men

Yes, cigarette smoking remains the top cause of lung cancer—but for the 12% of US lung cancer patients who’ve never smoked, the diagnosis comes as a particular shock, reports STAT’s Sharon Begley.   And she would know. On January 16, Begley, herself a never-smoker, died of…

The global alcohol industry enjoys billions of dollars in tax breaks, marketing subsidies, and other “perverse incentives” that belie the intense harms alcohol causes—including its link to 1 death every 10 seconds worldwide, according to a new Vital Strategies report.    …

What a relief to see the resumes of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, a cross section of well-respected experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, vaccines and more with experience in patient care, ethics, logistics, policy and even national security…

Young Americans who vape were up to 7X more likely to receive a COVID-19 diagnosis than non-vapers, according to a national online survey by Stanford researchers.

Nearly a third of young adults are medically vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19—and smoking is the population’s strongest risk factor, CNN reports, citing a study published yeste

Two “deeply concerning” studies arguing that nicotine may protect users from—and even treat—COVID-19 have circulated in the media without the necessary scrutiny, warns the tobacco watchdog STOP.