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Transparency, Yes. Interference, No.

Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva

There was a time when public health discussions on tobacco were an extraordinarily open process. Government officials met a wide range of people and l...

Did a Front Group Use Pro-Dakota Access Pipeline Fake Accounts on Twitter, Led by GOP-Tied Firm?

Steve Horn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Image Credit: Twitter A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controver...

The Tobacco Industry Finds Common Ground With 19th Century Slave Owners

Laurent Huber | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Laurent Huber

Tobacco and slavery have been linked in the past, not in terms of their comparative repugnance or harm but because of two basic connecting threads: the highly addictive nature of nicotine (making the user a "slave" to the product) and the moral turpitude of industries profiting while causing massive harm.

New Docs Reveal Oil And Tobacco Industries' Dirty History Of Working Together

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green

Things keep looking worse and worse for the oil industry. After documents dating back as far as the 1940s revealed companies coordinated to cover up ...

Republican Attorneys General Defend Big Oil Over Climate Fraud Probe

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.17.2016 | Green

A group of Republican state attorneys general is standing up for oil giants over an investigation into whether companies like Exxon Mobil misled the p...

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get Ready for Plain Packaging

Dr. Margaret Chan | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Chan

While plain packaging represents a power tool for tobacco control, it also builds upon other measures that governments have at their disposal to curb tobacco use. It is recommended that plain packaging be used as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control.

Child Workers Suffer as Tobacco Firms Profit in Indonesia

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Human Rights Watch

Thousands of children in Indonesia, some just 8 years old, are working in hazardous conditions on tobacco farms, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Breaking It Down: Electronic Cigarettes

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

At first glance, this is compelling evidence that e-cigarettes should have an immediate place in addiction medicine. However, no studies to date have reported on the long-term impact -- good or bad -- of sustained e-cigarette use.

Exxon's Attorney for AG Probe, Has NFL Concussion Cover-Up and Big Tobacco Roots

Steve Horn | Posted 05.11.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTed Wells, an attorney hired by ExxonMobil to represent the company against accusations it lied about the climate risks of...

CalPERS Should Just Say No to Tobacco

Phil Angelides | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Phil Angelides

As the nation's largest public pension fund, CalPERS has a particular responsibility to continually strive to invest in ways that not only unequivocally meet its fiduciary obligations, but also strengthen our economy and society.

Who Paid You to Say That, Doc?

Jeff Peterson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Science
Jeff Peterson

Guest post by Armando Alvarez. Armando is a 2nd year MD/MPH student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is passionate about child...

Coud FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Help More People Quit Smoking?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.17.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

Federal officials are expected to come out with a decision any day now that could give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to develop regulations. But figuring out how to regulate e-cigarettes to maximize their benefits and minimize their risks is harder than it looks.

It's Been A Bad Year For Big Tobacco

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

Anti-smoking activists have for years targeted the global behemoths that control the tobacco industry -- and this year they made headway. Some of the ...

Democratic Presidential Contenders Join Calls To Investigate Exxon

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

Two Democratic presidential candidates indicated on Friday they support an investigation of oil giant ExxonMobil for concealing research on fossil fue...

US Chamber of Commerce -- A Smokescreen for Big Tobacco

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Clearly, there is a deep conflict of interest between the Chamber's aggressiveness on tobacco and the interests of its health-related members. So why is the Chamber so brazenly pursuing the interests of Big Tobacco?

Michael McLaughlin

Malcolm Gladwell Rebuts Claim He 'Shills' For Big Tobacco | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Media

Malcolm Gladwell: best-selling author, New Yorker staff writer -- and tobacco industry toadie? An article headlined "Shillers for killers," publis...

Big Food: Sounds a Lot Like Big Tobacco

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Big Tobacco and Big Food are now separate industries, but the playbook is much the same. How the game ends is up to us.

Jesse Rifkin

Why Cigarette Usage Is At Record Lows And Dropping | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Cigarettes used to be everywhere in American society. Fifty years ago, 42.4 percent of U.S. adults smoked. Since then, that figure has declined by mor...

It's About the Kids

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Regulation is needed urgently to prevent a repeat performance by Big Tobacco. Our youth in particular need to be protected, given the disturbing trend of increased teen use of e-cigarettes and the accompanying potential rise in nicotine addiction.

Leading Alternative Cigarette Firms Challenging the Big Tobacco Industry

David Drake | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
David Drake

E-cigarette companies have been threats to big tobacco for a while and their market share looks likely to grow steadily. Indeed, a number of big tobacco companies are making sizable investments in them.

What Happens in Berkeley... Goes National

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.18.2015 | San Francisco
Larry Cohen

Many change makers, who don't necessarily want to risk being the first, are ready, once they see success, to follow in its footsteps. That's how norms change works -- each effort leads to greater success in the next round.

Rebecca Klein

School Board Group Decides Working With Big Tobacco Isn't The Best Idea After All | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

An education group that represents more than 90,000 local school board members has decided to end its fledgling partnership with a major tobacco compa...

How Did We Become A Society Suspicious Of Science?

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 12.15.2014 | Science
Keith M. Parsons

There are many factors we could cite, but to discover the biggest reason, follow the big money.

20 Years After Big Tobacco, Is It Time for 'Big Pain'?

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

It's long been said that trends start in California. With one eye on the balance sheet and one on the legal history books, five of the world's largest drug manufacturers are probably hoping that's not true.

Bloomberg Wants To Do More Good With Less Money To Meet Global Health Goals

New York Times | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

On a sweltering Saturday in June in Istanbul’s old city, Michael R. Bloomberg, power-dressed in a dark blue suit, monogrammed white shirt and cuff l...