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…

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,…