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…

In 1965, the US government began forcing cigarette makers to include labels on cigarette packs warning that smoking may be hazardous to your health, making the labels one of our 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

The FDA on Tuesday announced plans to launch a campaign this fall to discourage electronic cigarette use among US youth, with plans for a full-scale campaign in 2018. This initiative follows last month’s proposal to lower nicotine in cigarettes and gives e-cigarette…

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: