E-cigarette marketing has become so ubiquitous that it now reaches 70% of US middle and high school students, according to a new CDC report. Some public health officials argue that it’s prompting more teens to use the devices and threatening decades of progress in combating…

Black members of Congress, all but one of whom are Democrats, were 19 times as likely as their Dem peers to receive campaign cash last year from Lorillard Tobacco, according to an analysis by FairWarning of records from the Center for Responsive Politics. The election…

Smoking in the US continues to decline, the CDC reported yesterday—but increasingly, it’s looking like a problem of the poor.

It’s shockingly easy to buy counterfeit cigarettes in Glasgow, Scotland, reputed to be the UK capital of fake smokes. Small-time operators backed by organized crime conduct the bulk of sales.  Unregulated illicit products were shown to contain 30 times the normal level of…

Aggressive public health action is needed to persuade Chinese men to scrap their cigarettes; otherwise, smoking is set to kill 1 in 3 Chinese men by 2030—double the 2010 toll. China, the world's largest grower, manufacturer, and consumer of tobacco, already accounts for 1…

Perhaps never has the answer “I’m not sure,” been delivered so articulately by such an informed source as Joanna Cohen in this thoughtful opinion piece about whether or not e-cigs are a savior for smokers, a lurking global danger—or both. In making the case for her…

This article was originally published in USA Today. Are e-cigarettes a savior for smokers, a lurking global danger … or both?

In a new review of the latest evidence, Public Health England has announced that best estimates show that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes. The review also notes that “nearly all of the 2.6 million adults who vape in Britain are current…

While the debate over e-cigarettes rages on (are they a lesser evil, or do too many safety question marks remain?) their global use is spreading swiftly. The devices are now cheap enough that they are widely available in low- and middle-income countries—stirring special…

Malawi, the poorest country in the world, depends heavily on tobacco as a cash crop and the industry is the second largest employer there. But it contributes greatly to the destruction of forests—and health. As people in rich countries cut back on smoking and emerging…