Of the many steps governments can take to prevent people from getting sick, none can save more lives than reducing tobacco use. Around the world, 1 in every 10 deaths is caused by tobacco. In the 20th century, tobacco use killed 100 million people, far more than World War…

With names like “Double Click Crisp” and “Ice Blast,” flavored cigarettes are designed to appeal to young smokers. And they are increasingly popular in Latin America, where 370,000 people die every year from tobacco-related diseases.   A report from the Johns Hopkins…

Philip Morris International embarked on a secret campaign to undermine anti-smoking efforts, specifically the WHO anti-smoking treaty, a new Reuters investigation reveals.   

Deaths from heart disease among smokers 35+ in England have fallen more than 20% since smoking in public places was banned a decade ago.Heart disease deaths attributable to smoking fell from 32,528 in 2007-2009 to 25,777 between 2013 and 2015, according to data from Public…

E-cigarette use by US teens fell sharply last year, while overall tobacco use among youth dipped to a record low, the CDC reported yesterday. The numbers for high schoolers:

Tobacco is the world's single biggest cause of preventable death—and it also hurts the environment, a point the WHO drove home in a report released to mark World No Tobacco Day.   The Numbers:

1 in 10 deaths around the world can be traced to smoking, according to a major study in The Lancet.   In 2015, that amounted to 6.4 million deaths—1/2 of them in China, India, the US and Russia. 1 in every 4 men, and 1 in every 20 women still smoke, increasing their risk of…

The US Surgeon General’s report that linked cigarette smoking to poor health was a major public health milestone. That’s why the cigarette is one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health.  

Alongside health warnings, Human Rights Watch suggests cigarette packages should have to include another warning: “This product may be made with child labor.”   It’s a particular problem for children working for tobacco companies in Indonesia, which employ kids as young as…

US teens who use electronic vapor products may also engage in the sorts of high risk behaviors long associated with adolescent cigarette smoking, according to a study released this month in the journal Pediatrics.