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Health and well-being for the world's poor: making the case for tobacco taxation

Mandeep Dhaliwal | Posted 11.08.2016 | Green
Mandeep Dhaliwal

The blog is co-authored by Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director at UNDP's HIV, Health and Development Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support and Roy Smal...

Making cities, workplaces healthy for all

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

What makes a healthy city, and can people, from political leaders and parents, help make their homes healthier? At the 9th Global conference on he...

Asian Countries Declare War on Cigarettes

AsiaToday | Posted 10.16.2016 | World

By AsiaToday reporter Kim Ye-jin - Asian countries are taking measures against smoking. Japan's health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said that the gove...

E-Cigarettes And The Values Behind The Evidence

Dr. Amy Fairchild | Posted 10.06.2016 | Science
Dr. Amy Fairchild

While the evidentiary needle has moved another tick in favor of e-cigarettes, this latest report is sure to add fuel to a raging firestorm.

The Real Reason Why E-Cigarettes Can't Help More American Smokers

Dr. Amy Fairchild | Posted 10.05.2016 | Science
Dr. Amy Fairchild

Data alone cannot tell us what to do. Interpreting the emerging evidence on e-cigarettes relies on values and priorities: harm reduction or precaution, immediate peril or potential risks. While there can be no question that the public health community must look for emerging scientific data regarding risks and benefits, we must acknowledge the values that animate the controversy.

Smoker John Boehner Joins Board Of Reynolds Tobacco Company

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics

Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. announced Thursday that retired House Speaker John Boehner is joining the company’s board of directors, to serv...

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.

Climate Change This Week: Siberia Exploding, Too Hot to Work, LED Job Surge, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Soon This May Be The Only Kind Of Tropical Frog In Existence - one made of painte...

For Students In Low-Income Schools, Fast Food Always In Easy Reach

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.03.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Compared to schools with mostly white students, schools with higher numbers of Hispanic, black, and low-income students are more li...

Everybody Wants Some, Except Weed Smokers

Inverse | Posted 07.12.2016 | Science

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Tanya Basu The incentive-reward mechanism helps us get through the day. You stop slapping the sn...

Obamacare Unkind To Smokers, New Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Affordable Care Act rules that allow health insurance companies to charge higher premiums to tobacco users are undermining the law's aim...

Vaping Marijuana Is Healthier Than Smoking It

Inverse | Posted 06.14.2016 | Healthy Living

This article was originally posted on Inverse. By Yasmin Tayag Vaping has already changed the way nicotine fiends get their fix. Now, it's set to ...

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.

Why 50 Percent of the LBGT Communities Smokes

Amy Lukowski | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Amy Lukowski

Our ultimate goal is to remove barriers that prevent people from seeking the care they need to be healthier. The more people from specific communities who seek help to quit smoking, the better we can address all tobacco-related diseases.

A Dangerously Good Year for Tobacco

Laurent Huber | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Laurent Huber

I look at the tobacco industry's financial reports on a regular basis. As a public health professional, I expected to see our policy successes reflected as a blow to their profits. Instead, I was shocked to see the industry is still doing very well financially.

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.

Finally -- Commonsense Protections for Our Kids From Tobacco

Harold Wimmer | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

These dangerous riders show that too many in Congress are still willing to choose Big Tobacco over the health of our nation, particularly young people who will become the next generation of addicted tobacco users.

New Regulations on Flavored Tobacco Products and e-Cigarettes Will Protect Public Health

Nora Volkow | Posted 05.09.2016 | Science
Nora Volkow

People have a right to know what they are getting, including how much nicotine they are consuming and what other toxicants might be in the vapor.

North Korea Cracks Down On Smoking But Kim Jong Un Still Puffs Away

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.04.2016 | World

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Wednesday a campaign was helping to cut the number of smokers, although its leader Kim Jong Un is frequently see...

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.

How Tobacco Companies Led A Devastating 50-Year Infiltration Into Black Communities

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.12.2016 | Black Voices

Lincoln Mondy's asthma is probably the only reason why he's never smoked a cigarette. Doctors warned his parents about the dangerous effects their smo...

The Health Care System: What's in a Name?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.29.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As the most visible castles on the most prominent hills of what we call, rightly or wrongly, our "health care" system, hospitals are ineluctably caught up in our notions of what both health and care should mean, and do.

Secondhand Smoke and Allergies in Kids

Medical Discovery News | Posted 03.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Medical Discovery News

It sounds logical, but consider the many smokers who come in contact with a child throughout their development and the complications of creating a smoke-free environment.

Thinking About Nutrition? Don't Forget Tobacco

Laurent Huber | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Laurent Huber

Tobacco and nutrition are not independent, stand-alone issues. As the world works to solve the tobacco epidemic, it must also work to solve nutrition issues.

Doctor Explains Why E-Cigarettes Are Just As Dangerous As Tobacco Cigarettes

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.17.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

There's a misconception that e-cigarettes may be a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes, but according to Margaret Cuomo, the author of A World Wi...