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.

Help show the world why plain packaging is needed to help fight back against tobacco industry marketing. With advertising restrictions changing in countries worldwide, tobacco companies have taken to cigarette packs and even cigarettes themselves to entice users and sell…

Starting in 2017, all cigarette packs sold in France will look exactly the same. The plain dark green packages will have the brand name denoted in small uniform typeface, with even larger and more graphic health warnings. The health ministry hopes the law will reduce…

WHO finds an Indian parliamentary panel’s call for reducing the size of health warnings on cigarette and other tobacco packs “worrisome,” Reuters reports. Last year, the government delayed new rules asking manufacturers to cover 85% of the cigarette pack’s surface with…

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…