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…

Too few governments are using tobacco taxes as a low-cost way to curb demand, according the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015.” 

The US Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have meddled with efforts to stomp out smoking from countries ranging from Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, according to this report from Danny Hakim, based on interviews with government ministers,…

Here's the bottom line about e-cigarettes: If you're a chronic smoker looking for a nicotine fix and trying to decide between smoking and vaping, most experts would agree that e-cigs are less harmful. But a nonsmoker, or an ex-smoker, would be foolish to start vaping. The…

In this long (10,000-plus word) and comprehensive opinion piece about electronic cigarettes, Peter Sandman takes issue with an April 16 CDC news release about the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that summarizes findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco…

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill into law on Friday making it the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Also slated to take effect on January 1, 2016: 21 will be the minimum age to buy or use electronic cigarettes. In Hawaii, about 9 of 10 smokers start before…

E-cigarettes have the potential to ignite a public-health revolution, but lawmakers and public-health officials threaten to dash that promise with speculative dangers and spin on facts, argues psychiatrist Sally Satel. Anxieties of “precautionists” like CDC director Thomas…

Beijing’s new ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces is a step in the right direction for China, the most tobacco-addicted country in the world.