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.

Some e-cigarettes sold in Japan contain more cancer-causing formaldehyde than normal cigarettes, according to a study funded by the country’s health ministry. The Numbers: 120 micrograms of formaldehyde were found in smoke produced by certain e-cig products compared with…

Getting people to give up nicotine is notoriously tough, but a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers suggests an effective motivator: cash. Not just getting cash for quitting but losing your own money.

The tobacco industry tried to undermine smoking bans in many Muslim countries, attempting to recruit Islamic scholars and reinterpret religious teachings, according to an investigation by Mark Petticrew from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine demonstrated.

Counterintuitive moment: Big tobacco companies are pushing for more controls on e-cigarettes including health warnings, product testing requirements, etc. Concern for consumers? Big tobacco says it’s providing leadership in the burgeoning industry. Smaller competitors say…

Sugar industry ties to US government in the 1960s and 70s influenced approaches to prevent tooth decay in American children, UC San Francisco researchers have found. Although sugar consumption was known to lead to tooth decay, NIH concluded in 1969 that focusing on…