Italian tax spat reveals Big Tobacco’s clout

A proposed tax hike to make heated tobacco products more expensive has run aground.
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Fossil fuel warning labels

Gone are the days of the Marlboro Man and the glossy ads that make smoking Virginia Slims seem cool. Now the Surgeon General's warning could make a migration to fuel pumps, listing the level of emissions you'll contribute to the atmosphere with your purchase and the number of lives you could endanger.


Smokers in the same room expose you to 'thirdhand smoke'

Dimethylfuran, benzene, and formaldehyde keep wafting off the clothing and skin of smokers, even when they’re not smoking.

Congress set to prohibit sales of tobacco to anyone under 21

Although the ban would apply to e-cigarettes as well as cigarettes, health advocates said more is needed to reverse the youth vaping surge.

Delhi air pollution: The law that’s helping fuel the city’s poor air quality

A policy to conserve water led to the rise of a major source of air pollution, making breathing Delhi’s air as bad as smoking 50 cigarettes.

Are cigarettes responsible for modern marketing methods?

Technology massively boosted cigarette production, but it took new techniques to sell them.

Plain cigarette packs to hit shelves as 'best in the world' regulations kick in

Cigarette packaging in Canada will soon be stripped of logos and designs under new federal rules.


Tobacco firms accused of using gimmicks to subvert plain packaging

Philip Morris has used 'pro-seal' and bevels to make packs more recognizable, says report.


I finally quit smoking cigarettes and it′s paying off health-wise

I lit my last cigarette eight weeks ago. In this short amount time, not only have great things happened to my body, but also my psyche.


How war made the cigarette

A new book explores the tangled politics behind a global addiction.

Megan McArdle: A vaping ban would be hysteria masquerading as prudence

Public Health England estimates vaping to be 95 percent less harmful than breathing cigarette smoke.


These toned-down — but still graphic — warning labels could appear on cigarette packages if the FDA gets its way

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of 13 graphic warning labels for traditional cigarettes that are toned down considerably for its first attempt in 2012.

Berlin may stub out pollution with cigarette butt deposit plan

Petition seeks 20 cent charge per cigarette to be returned on proof butt is not discarded.


New law makes e-cigarettes, vaping illegal indoors in Colorado

Starting Monday, e-cigarettes and vaping devices are illegal indoors in Colorado. Supporters say it's one way to discourage teenagers from using e-cigarettes.

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Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

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