Smoking : CONTENTS



(Updated on 18/02/2016)


  • Vaping - the rise in five charts - 31 May 2018
    "For travellers looking forward to their summer holidays, what to pack can be a source of stress.
    But did you know that taking an e-cigarette with you to countries such as Thailand could land you with a fine - or even time in jail?"


  • Tobacco: a deadly business - with pictures - 9 March 2018
    "How children around the world are exposed to cigarette advertising.
    Research in more than 22 countries found cigarettes are being sold and promoted near schools by an industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain profits."
    + How children are hit with tobacco advertising - video explainer




  • US Health Report: E-Cigarettes Not Safe for Young People - Text + Audio + Video - 10 December 2016
    "America’s top health official says electronic cigarettes can cause health problems for young people.
    Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, one that can harm brain development in teenagers and young adults."


  • E-cigarettes major concern, says US - 8 December 2016
    "The chief public health officer of the US, the Surgeon General, has called the use of e-cigarettes by children "a major public health concern"."










  • Cigarette Health Warnings - 24 September 2013
    "Beginning September 2012*, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.  These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking."

    ( - US Food and Drug Administration)


  • Ban smoking in cars, says British Medical Association - 16 November 2011 - with a video
    "All smoking in cars should be banned across the UK to protect people from second-hand smoke, doctors say...
    The levels of toxins in a car can be up to 23 times higher than in a smoky bar."

    See : International action



  • Iceland considers prescription-only cigarettes - 4 July 2011
    "Tobacco bill proposes outlawing shop sales, with only doctors allowed to prescribe cigarettes to addicts unable to kick habit."

  • New York smoking ban extended to parks and coastlines - 3 February 2011
    "It will give the city's Parks Department the power to impose fines similar to those used for minor offences like begging or public urination.
    They carry fines of under $100 (£62)...
    Smoking is also prohibited in Los Angeles city parks and in Chicago parks with playgrounds. "

    See Videos

  • Smoking curbs: The global picture - 3 February 2011
    "A guide to smoking bans around the world as governments seek to improve the health of their populations."

    - with a clickable map

  • Global health officials target tobacco additives - 20 November 2010 
    "A conference on tobacco held in Uruguay has recommended that additives used to make cigarettes more appealing to new smokers should be restricted or banned...
    The WHO says that tobacco kills more people than Aids, legal drugs, illegal drugs, road accidents, murder and suicide combined.
    It estimates that of the more than six billion people alive today, half a billion will eventually be killed by tobacco. "

  • Smoking To Be Extinguished On Submarines - 8 April 2010
    "Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) has effected a policy April 8 banning smoking below decks aboard all U.S. Navy submarines.
    The smoking ban, announced via naval message, will become effective no later than Dec. 31, 2010.
    The impetus behind the change of policy is the health risks to non-smokers, specifically exposure to secondhand smoke.
    Our Sailors are our most important asset to accomplishing our missions..."

    Commander / Navy / submarines / decks / naval / Sailors / missions /
    a submerged submarine / aboard...



  • Smokers face £80 fine for butts - 2 December 2009
    "Smokers who drop cigarette butts in the City face an £80 fine following the launch of a new crackdown.
    Every day about 7,000 cigarette butts are dropped in the City of London.
    They are accompanied by lighters, matches and cellophane wrappers."



  • Cigarette branding 'misleading' - 5 September 2009
    "Subtle branding on cigarette packets is misleading smokers into believing some products are less harmful than others, research suggests.
    Products branded "smooth", "silver" or "gold" are generally believed to be healthier and easier to give up...


  • 'Castaway' hopes to quit smoking - 1 August 2009
    "A businessman who has smoked 30-a-day for decades is to maroon himself on a remote Scottish island in an effort to quit the habit...
    Mr Spice, 56, will spend four weeks in solitude with only some books and the island's sheep for company."

  • Smoking curbs: The global picture - 1 July 2009
    "The BBC News Website traces the recent wave of smoking bans around the world as governments seek to improve the health of their populations."
    - with an interactive map


  • Free wedding for quitting smoking - 29 June 2009
    "A charity in the Saudi capital Riyadh has come up with a novel incentive to encourage young men to quit smoking - an all-expenses-paid wedding...
    Banners in Riyadh are advertising the campaign slogan: "Kicking the habit is on you, and marriage is on us." "


  • Pub sets up smoking room - for research of course! in South Yorkshire - 11 May 2009
    "The tap room has been turned into a 'Smoking Research Centre' and customers can't get a drink until they have filled in a questionnaire."

    More (
    + What the papers say (BBC)


  • Call to ban all tobacco adverts - 31 May 2008
    "The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on governments to ban all tobacco advertising to help prevent young people taking up the habit."



  • Anti-smoking shot could curb addiction - 11 July 2007
    "Vaccine robs smokers of nicotine buzz...
    A shot that robs smokers of the nicotine buzz from cigarettes showed promise in midstage testing and may someday offer a radically new way to kick a dangerous habit."



  • Scotland begins pub smoking ban - 26 March 2006
    "A ban on smoking in public places - including bars and restaurants - has come into effect in Scotland."