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…

Michael Bloomberg continues to wage war against big tobacco, with the announcement of a $350 million commitment to fund anti-tobacco efforts, primarily in the developing world.   The funds will help to expand Bloomberg Philanthropies’ campaigns in low-and middle income…

Despite decreases in adult cigarette smoking, 4 in 10 cancers diagnosed in the US are tobacco-related, according to the CDC. In fact, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths; it’s linked to cancers of the lung, stomach, kidney, cervix, colon…

The WHO’s 2003 global tobacco treaty, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), is under scrutiny this week at a meeting in India regarding highly conflicting views on electronic cigarettes.  

Global health leaders convening in Delhi, India today for the 7th conference of the parties to the WHO framework convention on tobacco control have a chance to “bend the course of public health history,” writes Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, in an editorial. She urges…