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New Zealand's Ambitious Smoking Ban Is No More

Nation's new government has nixed progressively rising smoking age, other anti-smoking measures

(Newser) - New Zealand's ambitious plan to eventually turn the nation smoke-free has itself gone up in smoke. The legislation passed in late 2022 mandated a progressively increasing smoking age that would effectively mean that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009, would never be able to legally light up....

New Zealand Has Unusual Way to Get Nation to Quit Smoking

Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 2009, is banned from buying tobacco—ever in their lifetime

(Newser) - New Zealand is trying to set a path for the nation to eventually eliminate smoking, and it's got an ambitious plan to do so. ABC Australia reports on a new law that bans young people now—or ever—from buying tobacco products, with lawmakers in Parliament passing the new...

FDA Wants Cigarettes of the Future to Look Very Different

It proposes cutting the nicotine they contain by 95%

(Newser) - The FDA has a vision for the cigarettes of the future: They'll contain so little nicotine they'll be non-addictive, or close to it. The Wall Street Journal reports the Biden administration on Tuesday unveiled a plan that would put that ball in motion by mandating that nicotine levels...

Each Cigarette May Warn: 'Poison in Every Puff'

Canada considers adding a label that's hard to miss

(Newser) - Canada is on its way to putting a health warning on every cigarette sold in the country, in what would be a global first. "It's a warning that you simply cannot ignore," Rob Cunningham of the Canadian Cancer Society said. "It's going to reach every...

Bill to Counter Vaping Has a New Age for Buyers

McConnell cites 'a public health crisis'

(Newser) - A bill introduced in the Senate on Monday would raise the legal age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. "Youth vaping is a public health crisis," said Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader. "It's our responsibility as parents and public servants to do everything...

Vaping Helps Smokers Quit Better Than Gum, Patches
Want to Quit
Smoking? E-Cigs 
May Be Your
Best Bet

Want to Quit Smoking? E-Cigs May Be Your Best Bet

E-cigs helped cessation better than gum, patches, scientists say—but it's not a universal endorsement

(Newser) - A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the...

Tobacco Industry Forced to Run Anti-Smoking Ads

They managed to delay campaign for 11 years

(Newser) - Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television next weekend—but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled...

How the World's 'Ugliest Color' Is Being Used to Save Lives

'Opaque couché' was found to remind people of death

(Newser) - In 2012, a marketing research company determined Pantone 448 C (aka "opaque couché") was the world's ugliest color —and it's been used to try to save lives ever since. Per the Guardian , GfK surveyed 1,000 smokers back then to find out which hue...

Russian Ad: 'Smoking Kills More People Than Obama'

The ad is part of a spate of Russian projects calling Obama a killer

(Newser) - “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people. Don't smoke; don't be like Obama." So reads a new anti-smoking ad spotted on a bus stop in Moscow, the Guardian reports. Dmitry Gudkov, a liberal member of Russia's parliament, spotted...

Beijing to Publicly Shame Smokers

New rules take effect today

(Newser) - Well, that's one way to get people to smoke less: Starting today in Beijing, it's illegal to smoke in restaurants, offices, or on public transportation ... and if you violate the law three times, your name will be listed on a government website. The law also raises the fine...

Enough: End the Smoker Stigma

 Enough: End the 
 Smoker Stigma 

Enough: End the Smoker Stigma

'The war on smoking has gone too far,' writes Alice Robb

(Newser) - CVS' decision to stop selling tobacco products "is only the latest in a string of anti-smoking measures that have gone into effect with almost no pushback," writes Alice Robb in the New Republic . Consider New York, where Michael Bloomberg's campaign to change the smoking age to 21...

Experts: CVS Move Could Dent Smoking Rates

Inconvenience helps deter smokers, studies have shown

(Newser) - With hundreds of thousands of retailers in the US selling cigarettes, will CVS' landmark decision to end tobacco sales have any effect on smoking rates? Experts say it could have a major impact, both by putting more pressure on the tobacco industry and making it a little harder for people...

15 Years on, Cash From Tobacco Suit Is Elusive

Little has been spent on anti-smoking efforts

(Newser) - Some 15 years after tobacco companies agreed to cough up billions of dollars in fines to settle health-care lawsuits nationwide, the details on how state governments have used the cash are pretty hazy, NPR finds. More than $100 billion has been paid out so far, with more than $100 billion...

Star of CDC Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Dead at 53

Terrie Hall's cancer spread to her brain

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died yesterday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, federal officials said. She was 53. "She was a public health hero," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director...

NYC Wants to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Would be one of the highest cigarette-buying thresholds in country

(Newser) - The possible next step in New York's apparent quest to become the healthiest (and eco-friendliest) city in the nation: Raise the smoking age to 21. Under a new proposal from the city's health commissioner and City Council speaker, New Yorkers would have to wait until their 21st birthday...

Big Tobacco, Anti-Smoking Groups Target ObamaCare

They don't want smokers charged more for insurance

(Newser) - Big Tobacco and anti-cancer activists are lining up against a provision in ObamaCare that would let insurers charge smokers more, the Washington Post reports. It's no small spike, either: One study found that a low-income smoker could see premiums leap from $708 to $3,308. "Our concern is...

California City: No Smoking in Your Condo
 California City: 
 No Smoking in 
 Your Condo 
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California City: No Smoking in Your Condo

San Rafael bans smoking in homes with shared walls

(Newser) - Is California on its way to not allowing smoking … anywhere? Smoking is already banned in restaurants, bars, most workplaces, and cars with children inside—and now, in at least a few cities, it's also prohibited in multi-family homes. San Rafael, a suburb of San Francisco, this week became...

Big Tobacco Fights Russian Crackdown

Kremlin pushes for strict anti-smoking laws

(Newser) - With cigarettes only costing a dollar a pack and next to no restrictions on smoking in place, Russia is a smoker's paradise compared to most Western nations—and that's just how tobacco giants want it to stay. The government of Russia, the world's second-largest tobacco market after...

Aussie Cigarette Packaging to Turn Generic, Gross
Aussie Cigarette Packaging
to Turn Generic, Gross
court ruling

Aussie Cigarette Packaging to Turn Generic, Gross

Ruling a major defeat for tobacco firms

(Newser) - Australia's first-of-its-kind generic cigarette packaging law has been upheld by the country's highest court in a huge defeat for tobacco companies. Today's decision means that starting Dec. 1, cigarettes will all come in olive green packages dominated by graphic health warnings with images like blinded eyeballs and...

Vaccine Could Prevent Nicotine Addiction
 Vaccine Could 
 Prevent Nicotine 
New study

Vaccine Could Prevent Nicotine Addiction

Test on mice shows antibodies can block nicotine's access to brain

(Newser) - A new study has given fresh hopes that a one-shot vaccine could inoculate a person against nicotine addiction. Cornell researchers injected mice with a gene for a nicotine antibody, and watched as those antibodies managed to prevent more than 80% of all nicotine from reaching their brains, the Wall Street ...

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