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…

In the US, the dominant health message on e-cigs is that vaping is dangerous and could be the first step to developing an addiction to smoking, especially for young people.   Amid slumping sales of e-cigs, however, some public health officials are expressing concerns that…

 

The most strategic policies to reduce adolescent smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) may not be those targeting adolescents.  

Smokers with mental illness consume 40% of all cigarettes and smoke at rates 2-to-3 times the US average, despite being just 20% of the population. Myths abound about mental illness and smoking: that it alleviates psychiatric symptoms or that the mentally ill can’t quit…

E-cigarettes have divided the academic community, which has failed to find consensus on their safety and risks. A research review published earlier this week by global nonprofit Cochrane asserts that according to the best current evidence, e-cigarettes can help a person…

With e-cigarettes surging in popularity, unknowns about their health risks abound—making restrictions, particularly efforts to keep kids from getting hooked, worth considering. Although it is too soon to fully understand the risks associated with vaping, especially the use…

Uruguay won a major lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) last Friday. PMI sued the country over anti-tobacco laws, including the mandate that graphic warnings cover 80% of cigarette packaging.

A media campaign to quit smoking, as well as pressure from wives, daughters, mothers and girlfriends appears to be paying off in North Korea, where an estimated 54 percent of adult males smoke. The ratio of male smokers in 2013 was down 8 percent when compared with 2009…