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International Updates Archive

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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Smoking ’causes hundreds of DNA changes’

3 November 2016: Smoking leaves an “archaeological record” of the hundreds of DNA mutations it causes, scientists have discovered. Having sequenced thousands of tumour genomes, they found a 20-a-day smoker would rack up an average

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The Race to a Tobacco Endgame

25 October 2016: Correspondence toProfessor Ruth E Malone, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA; ruth.malone@ucsf.edu Accepted 5 October 2016 During the past month alone,

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Asian Countries Declare War on Cigarettes

16 October 2016: Japan’s health minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said that the government will step up measures against passive smoking while seeking public understanding ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, reported NHK on Friday.

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Transparency, Yes. Interference, No.

5 September 2016 There was a time when public health discussions on tobacco were an extraordinarily open process. Government officials met a wide range of people and listened to their concerns and ideas as they

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