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.  

Finland has an audacious goal to be tobacco-free by 2040. Rates are declining in recent years thanks to stricter legislation on advertising and smoking in public places, but officials say 16% of the adult population using tobacco in some form is still 16% too much.   The…

British American Tobacco reached a deal this week to purchase the 58% of Reynolds American that it does not already own. The merger will create the world’s largest listed tobacco company by sales and profits.   Global smoking rates have declined, with the number of people…

Russia’s health ministry is looking to phase in a cigarette ban with a new proposal to ban cigarettes to anyone born in 2015 or later.   The proposal follows a push by Russia to curb smoking, including a 2013 law banning smoking in most public places and making it harder…

The fight to save billions threatened by the harmful effects of tobacco use this century requires a multi-pronged approach, especially in low- and middle-income countries. It will take better data collection and monitoring, as well as stepped-up training for tobacco control…

Smoking costs the world $1 trillion annually and will soon to kill 8 million people per year—with more than more than 80% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries, according to a WHO and US National Cancer Institute study published today.  

Tobacco packaging design and marketing is always changing, making it imperative for tobacco control professionals to monitor new tactics. Now, you can upload your own pictures and sort, save, and share photos of tobacco packaging from all over the world with “Share a Pack…