Some academics have a secret side hustle testifying for tobacco companies in court, earning hundreds of dollars an hour as expert witnesses on a topic many have never published a word about. The strategy: Using the “common knowledge” argument that the dangers of smoking…

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,…

In the Philippines, Juul’s retail strategy looks much like Baskin Robbins’—prominently displaying flavors that appeal to young people, NPR Goats and Soda reports.

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…

The Trump administration moved toward banning flavored e-cigarettes yesterday, concerned by rising numbers of youth vapers and reports of severe lung illnesses, STAT reports.

Published to little fanfare in 1994, a Pediatrics study in Jamaica—which found babies born to cannabis-using mothers were more alert and less irritable—is more popular than ever on social media.   More recent studies have linked cannabis use to adverse effects, like low…

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…

India is proposing an all-out ban on e-cigarettes—complete with fines and jail terms for offenders, according to a draft executive order seen by Reuters.   Repeat offenders could face $7,000 penalties and up to 3 years behind bars. 16 Indian states have already barred the…

Just a few puffs of e-cigarette vapor—even with no nicotine, no flavorings—can have a major and immediate adverse effect on vascular systems, according to research published yesterday.