Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco’s impact starts long before it is found wrapped in a cigarette, and affects many more people than the estimated one billion smokers worldwide. Tobacco also impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences.

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Four reasons the Australian government should consider litigation against tobacco companies

While Australia’s impressive record of tobacco control legislation has seen the national daily smoking rate fall from 24% in the early 90s to 12.2% in 2016, there’s still more that could be done.

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Study suggests smoking e-cigarettes while pregnant could cause birth defects

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University concluded that exposure to e-cigarettes can have adverse effects on craniofacial development.

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Five big changes on cards in South Africa's new smoking laws for 2018

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has indicated that the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act will be submitted to cabinet for approval early next year. The proposals, first mooted in 2015, have garnered significant public interest as they propose a number of strict new smoking laws.

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United Nations Global Compact: an ‘Inroad’ into the UN and reputation boost for the tobacco industry

Excluding tobacco manufacturers from UNGC participation is an important step to limit the tobacco industry’s ability to influence the UN and promote its image and, by extension, its deadly products.

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Ethiopia’s first tobacco survey reveals alarming trend

With international tobacco companies’ vying to gain a foothold in the Ethiopian tobacco market, a new survey reveals that there are around 3.7 million tobacco users and 2.9 million adult cigarette smokers in the country

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Study shows tobacco companies targeting the poorest people in UK

Cheaper brands, price-marking and smaller pack sizes are thwarting attempts to reduce UK smoking rates, researchers say.

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Heart disease is a top killer in South Africa

Dr Scott Drimie writes about how non-communicable or lifestyle diseases (NCDs) are among the top causes of death in the country (at around 40%) and are responsible for considerable premature mortality with more than a third of NCD-related deaths occurring before the age of 60.

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Hotel deals now available

All those participating in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health can now take advantage of a number of hotel rates negotiated for the conference.

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BMJ editorial: Tobacco giant wants to eliminate smoking...and pigs might fly

Prof Simon Chapman on tobacco giants and the elimination of smoking.

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WHO tells governments to reject Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International.

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2018 Luther Terry Awards nominations deadline 29 September

Details about the nomination process and guidelines are available on the American Cancer Society website.

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