Obama criticized for use of unapproved anti-smoking therapy

Reported recently at FoxNews: US President Barack Obama has a secret weapon in his battle against his smoking habit — celery, he revealed in an interview gaining traction Thursday. First Lady Michelle Obama said earlier this month that her husband had not smoked a cigarette for almost a year. In an interview posted late Wednesday, […]

The whackier extremes in tobacco control: smoking in the movies and in the lavatory

(Before I forget I must thank Patricia over at NicotineBuzz for distributing as much tobacco related news as she does; in the last few days amongst them were these two stories which otherwise I might easily have missed.) 1. ‘54% youth take to smoking due to Bollywood, regional cinema’ We have written before about the […]

Filed under: this is news?

Really super article in the UK Maidenhead Advertiser titled TV chef’s staff told to butt out. I thought this was worth repeating in its entirety because it is so groundbreaking, so edgy, and cuts straight to the heart of so many contemporary issues. This is journalism at its finest. So sit yourself down (but not […]

SCOOP! Leaked UPA Guidelines for Tobacco Reporting

-The following inadvertently ended up in my inbox via a BCC re a starting writer at a major newspaper who probably was not aware that it was intended to be confidential. There is little need to comment on this since it pretty well speaks for itself.-PLB. United Press Association Guidelines for Tobacco Reporting As a […]

Social relationships and mortality risk

This has only the slightest relationship to tobacco harm reduction issues but it is just too interesting not to mention. Just published in PLOS, the meta-review Social Relationships and Mortality Risks is bound to make the news for some time. And rightly so. While I can see many points of debate regarding the specifics within […]

Health Canada takes on the anti-tobacco industry

At a strongly attended press conference today, Health Canada unveiled the new warning labels to be posted in the foyers of all anti-tobacco organizations and the requirements that these labels be prominently posted in all their advertisements and websites. The new Minister of Health, Shauna Whyte, took this high-profile step to signal a break with […]