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…

Recent UK studies show that the burden of lung disease—which kills more than 115,000 annually in the country—has not dropped in the past decade. The problem can be chalked up to lung disease’s image problem, tied to the stigma attached to smokers and a lack of awareness…

Lobbyists for China’s state-owned tobacco monopoly succeeded in weakening the latest draft of the national anti-smoking law, dashing the hopes of public health advocates in the country. Gone are draft provisions that banned smoking in workplaces and on public transit, and…

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WHO rings in World No Tobacco Day this year with a call for governments to embrace plain packaging for tobacco products.

Tobacco firms helped promote the AIDS agenda in developing countries in a cynical bid to shift the focus away from smoking hazards, a paper in Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS. In 1992, for example, British American Tobacco (BAT) sponsored music concerts and football…

FDA Tightens Rules on E-Cigs The FDA announced new rules for e-cigarettes, barring sales to minors under age 18 and requiring some manufacturers to secure agency approval. Advocates of tighter regulations maintain that the long-term health risks of e-cigarettes are unknown…

Indonesia has lured the attention of Big Tobacco, with Philip Morris and others launching aggressive ad campaigns.