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.

The world’s most preventable cause of death—tobacco-related diseases—will claim the lives of more than 8 million people by 2020. 70% of the deaths will occur in developing countries. Here’s a snapshot of India’s staggering tobacco consumption and its consequences:

Public health has an oh-so-serious reputation of sober data analysis and deeply earnest advice. But a new video by Action on Smoking Health called “The Wrinkler” shows it doesn’t always have to be this way. The video employs a rarely used weapon against death and disease:…

Tobacco use is on a pace to kill 1 billion people this century unless governments enact proven measures, such as tobacco taxes, to tackle the world’s leading preventable cause of death, writes Katie Dain, executive director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance.