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Exposing the hydra of Big Tobacco

8 May 2017: FROM the early 1980s, Australian governments of all persuasions pursued the tobacco control agenda with vigour and determination. “Quit” campaigns established around the country from 1983 used mass media to educate the

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Tobacco: a threat to development?

24 April 2017: In keeping with the broader understanding that tobacco is not merely a threat to individual health but to the cause of social and environmental justice, the theme for World No-Tobacco Day this

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The shifting rationales for vaping

1 March 2017: A new study harnesses social media data to explore—in their own words—the reasons people use e-cigarettes and why they started vaping in the first place. Nearly half of people say they began

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Shanghai expands anti-smoking rules

2 March 2017: SHANGHAI — Shanghai widened its ban on public smoking Wednesday as China’s biggest city steps up efforts to stub out the massive health threat despite conflicts of interest with the state-owned tobacco

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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