On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver reports on Philip Morris International's unsavory habit of suing countries over laws requiring health warnings on cigarette packaging, while proposing a compromise that preserves Big Tobacco's marketing goals while protecting public health: Meet Jeff, the Diseased Lung In A Cowboy Hat.
Smoking is bad for you. You know this! Now, a long-term study of close to a million people has broadened our understanding of the harmful side-effects of smoking, and the results suggest tobacco is even more dangerous than previously believed.
Researchers have found that male smokers are up to four times more likely to have blood cells with no Y chromosome than nonsmokers. That's worrisome, they say, because a recent study found an association between Y chromosome loss and a shorter life span, as well as a higher risk of multiple cancers.
A graph released earlier this year by the Surgeon General reflects the dramatic and ongoing 50-year decline in American cigarette consumption. And yet, a chief executive for Imperial Tobacco group recently called the U.S. "a key growth market." How is this possible?
New research shows that smokers who are trying to quit are 60% more likely to succeed if they switch to e-cigarettes compared to those who use willpower alone or try nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum.
Scientists have begun investigating possible health impacts of e-cigarettes, and the preliminary findings aren't good. "The nicotine-laced vapor generated by an electronic cigarette promoted the development of cancer in certain types of human cells much in the same way that tobacco smoke does," notes Barry Meier in…
Globally, smoking prevalence —the percentage of the population that smokes every day — has decreased, but the number of cigarette smokers worldwide has increased due to substantial population growth between 1980 and 2012.
We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well.
Smoking: It'll wreck your face.
How do you prove that smoking is beneficial to your health? By employing Simpson's Paradox, of course. This paradox shows that a large grouping of data can be worth much less than the sum of its parts.
As tobacco use continues its inexorable fall from grace, a growing number of people are turning to electronic cigarettes. These nifty electrical inhalers are being seen — and sometimes even marketed — as a "healthier" alternative to smoking tobacco. But are they really a viable alternative to cigarettes, or just a…
Many birds will use whatever they can get their beaks on to construct their nests — including cigarette butts. Now, new research suggests that there might be a side benefit to using discarded cigarettes for nest materials: it seems to keep the bugs out.
Two studies released this week have shown that laws to prevent smoking in workplaces have meant that fewer people are being sent to the hospital. And yet somehow these laws are still contentious.
Scotland was the first country in the UK to implement a public place smoking ban, back in March of 2006. Now researchers have gone back and looked at a number of birth complications, and seen them drop precipitously since the legislation came into effect.
People attempting the arduous task of quitting smoking often turn to "nicotine replacement therapies" like patches and gum. These help with the physical aspect of withdrawal and the whole "quitting the actual smoking" part. Well, that's the theory anyway. According to a new study published in the journal Tobacco…
At this point if you aren't willing to admit that smoking causes cancer, you either have your hands on an as-yet-not-deposited check from a tobacco company or you're wearing a tinfoil hat. It's not too surprising that people can't quit smoking, considering that cigarettes are addictive, in addition to being expensive,…
Britain's National Archives has created an amazing online collection of "public information films," or what we in the United States call "public service announcements" (PSAs). It's an incredible collection that goes back to the 1950s and continues up through 2006. Some of the movies are just silly, and others are…
Before he became renowned the world over for playing Barty Crouch Jr. (and some other role I can't remember off the top of my head), David Tennant starred in what was possibly the world's most stultifying anti-cigarette program. Together with some bemulleted child, a 16-year-old Tennant plays a teenage smoker with…
In the 1930s, This Age of Power and Wonder was a collection of scifi prophecies that could be found in the curiousest of places — cigarette boxes.
Spider-Man's a stand-up guy, and he'll go to bat for almost any good cause. Unfortunately, the fact that he's an arachno-sapien in a bodysuit transforms any serious attempt at advocacy into a perplexing tableau. Here are 10 odd Spider-PSAs.