Sitting for long periods linked to an increased risk of heart disease

Sitting for long periods of time is just as dangerous for your health as smoking, according to researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. ... read more >>

JTI turns to Freshfields in latest tobacco challenge to plain cigarette packaging

The latest firm to win work challenging the UK government’s decision to introduce plain cigarette packaging, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Tom Snelling has launched High Court litigation on behalf of Japan Tobacco International, the maker of Camel, Benson & Hedges and Silk Cut. ... read more >>

UK Passes Law to Require Plain Cigarette Packaging in England

The UK’s House of Lords has approved a bill to standardise cigarette packaging in England from May 2016, making it the third and most populous country to introduce such a law. However, tobacco companies vowed to fight the law, saying they would take legal action against the government. ... read more >>

How smoking damages the BRAIN

Smokers have a thinner outer brain layer than non-smokers, scientists have discovered. ... read more >>

The WHO’s secret tobacco tax

Moscow — After booting the public from its meetings on Monday, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco control convention ramped up its assault on transparency on Tuesday when the press was also banned from the Moscow conference. ... read more >>

Vaping, smoking now the same under Wilmette regulations

Wilmette joined a growing number of communities this week when it banned the sale of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, to teens under the age of 18, and prohibited people from using the devices anywhere in the village that traditional cigarettes are banned. ... read more >>

Is smoking increasing in Australia?

The front page of the Australian claims Labor’s plain packaging laws have failed, as industry research shows a small increase in tobacco sales volume between 2012 and 2013. So, do the figures back up the Australian’s claim? Firstly, it’s worth examining the industry data presented in the Australian’s article. The key number they rely on is an increase in tobacco sales from 21.015bn in 2012 to 21.074bn in 2013*. Labor’s plain packaging laws were fully implemented in December 2012. ... read more >>

E-cigarettes: Scottish health group calls for ban

The Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) has also asked ministers to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18.E-cigarettes, which generate a vapour containing nicotine as a tobacco substitute, were initially released as a device to help smokers quit, but the REHIS fears the huge rise in users could normalise smoking, and undo decades of anti-smoking education and campaigning.The warnings follow research suggesting e-cigarettes may be encouraging people to take up smoking. ... read more >>

Smoking cannabis could change the part of the brain dealing

In a study which one expert said challenged the idea that “casual” marijuana use is largely harmless, doctors found that young adults who used the drug only recreationally had “abnormal alterations” to the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala. ... read more >>

E-cigarettes not linked to quitting smoking

Some smokers are turning to e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Now, a new study looks at whether e-cigarettes may be an effective way to stop or reduce smoking. ... read more >>

Australia sharing anti-smoking experience

With its tough plain packaging laws, Australia has been touted as a world leader in the fight against smoking. ... read more >>