Aug 26, 2015

Passive smoking triples men's gum disease risk: survey

Passive smoking raises the risk of periodontal disease for nonsmoking men by about 3.1 to 3.6 times, compared with men in smoke-free environments, according to a survey by Japanese researchers. A research team led by the National Cancer Center and Tokyo Medical and Dental ...

Smoking may be a factor in schizophrenia: study

Jul 10, 2015

Smoking may be a factor in schizophrenia: study

In research that turns on its head previous thinking about links between schizophrenia and smoking, scientists say they have found that cigarettes may be a causal factor in the development of psychosis. After analyzing almost 15,000 tobacco users and 273,000 nonusers and their relative ...

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Jul 1, 2015

Australian prisoners riot over smoking ban

Heavily armed police quelled a riot involving up to 300 inmates at an Australian jail Wednesday over the introduction of a smoking ban, with a handful of prisoners injured. Melbourne’s Metropolitan Remand Centre remains in lockdown after the 15-hour disturbance, in which doors were ...

Jun 2, 2015

Judge awards billions to Quebec smokers

A judge has awarded more than 15 billion Canadian dollars ($12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian ...

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

May 31, 2015

Beijing gets tough anti-smoking laws

Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday, part of unprecedented new curbs — though how they will be enforced remains to be seen. Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s ...

Apr 25, 2015

Smokers' haven China amends law to heavily curb tobacco ads

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed legislation that heavily restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing ...

Jan 30, 2015

Vouchers and cyberfriends: new keys to good health?

Have doctors, therapy and pills had their day in helping to wean people off addiction? Shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight, two unusual experiments suggested Wednesday. Pregnant women promised vouchers were ...

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

Jan 24, 2015

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?


Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can still light up in many of the country’s restaurants and bars. In fact, before the turn of the ...