The great mystery of e-cigarettes

15 February 2017: Do e-cigarettes help smokers kick their bad habits, or do they end up promoting tobacco use among young people? It’s one of the most intensely debated questions in drug abuse research, but […]

Addressing the tobacco industry vector

22 February 2017: The tobacco industry’s escalating attacks on public health are replicated across the world, as is the harm caused by its products. In the address I quoted Dr. Margaret Chan, director- general of […]

Extinguishing the flame of big tobacco

8 February 2017: In the 19th century, British opium profiteers were persistent in their efforts to penetrate untapped Chinese markets. Despite a legal prohibition on opium, the British bribed officials, planned intricate smuggling plots and […]

The IMF Finally Speaks on Tobacco Taxes

6 February 2017: Last November, I got a birthday gift from the International Monetary Fund: my very own copy of “How to Design and Enforce Tobacco Excises?” I don’t blame you for missing it—it came […]

Corruption perceptions index 2016

Let’s get straight to the point: No country gets close to a perfect score in the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fall below the […]

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