Bloomberg Philanthropies has thrown $20 million behind a tobacco industry watchdog to monitor “dirty tactics” as it homes in on low- and middle-income countries and the e-cigarette business, writes Sarah Boseley. Stop (Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products) comes amid…

The FDA is kicking off a divisive new smoking strategy with a push to control nicotine levels in cigarettes and embrace lower-risk tobacco products.If approved, an alternative cigarette which heats rather than burns tobacco, which Philip Morris International claims reduces…

The trend for sleek e-cigarettes is sweeping youth culture, creating a gateway to nicotine addiction and bona-fide cigarette smoking, found a new study in the journal Pediatrics.  

The sheer power of Indonesia’s tobacco industry has revealed itself once again through prohibitive new restrictions on e-cigarettes. Trade minister Enggartiasto Lukita suggested Indonesians can skirt the new rules if they “become regular smokers.”   Indonesia, known for…

After 18 years, a Big Tobacco lawsuit filed under President Bill Clinton materialized yesterday with TV spots advertising the lethal and addictive effects of smoking.

Pollutants’ impact is likely multi-generational, according to epigeneticists tracking how pollutants alter gene regulation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Without changing the DNA code, epigenetic changes dictate “which genes are switched on and off…

In Nepal, an estimated 56,000 people are burned seriously each year—yet only about 1,000 receive proper treatment. Through the lens of Rojita Adhikari, the photographer who accompanied journalist Joanne Silberner to cover burns in Nepal—the Untold Global Health Story of…

A US FDA proposal to reduce nicotine to nonaddictive levels in cigarettes could prevent up to 8 million tobacco-related deaths over time, said FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb.   Still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US, smoking claims 480,000…

In a country where smoking was once ubiquitous, the landmark 1964 US Surgeon General’s Smoking and Health report spurred 50-plus years of sweeping anti-tobacco initiatives that have dramatically reduced US smoking rates and saved millions of lives. Yet, smoking remains the…

Aldi Rizal gained worldwide attention as a 2-year-old Indonesian chain smoker who burned through packs daily. Now at age 8, with therapy, he’s quit. But the ranks of the 267,000 children across Indonesia who use tobacco products daily only continue to grow.   The country…