U.S., Malaysia Skirmish over Free-Trade Tobacco

Between concluding rounds of negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a major U.S.-proposed free trade agreement, a divisive fight has heated up over the extent to which countries should be allowed to regulate the sale of foreign – potentially far cheaper – tobacco products.

Cigarette Companies Mock Tobacco Control Laws in Latin America

Despite the great strides made in Latin America with tobacco control legislation, the industry deploys a range of strategies to circumvent the restrictions imposed on cigarette advertising, social organisations and experts complain.

Smoking Kills Mostly the Poor in India

Mujeeb Rahuman (39), a mason in the Venjaramoodu village in Thiruvananthapuram, the southernmost district in India’s coastal Kerala state, has been a chain smoker for the past twenty years.

Philippine cigarettes are among the cheapest in the world, costing less than one U.S. dollar for a pack of 20. They are available right outside schools, in parks, in streets and other public places, and sold by vendors in single sticks for about two pesos. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS

Developing World Has 80 Percent of Tobacco-Related Deaths

Tobacco use led to almost six million deaths in 2011, according to new research released here on Monday, of which nearly 80 percent were in low- and middle-income countries.

Graphic picture-based health warnings on cigarette packs can help prevent youngsters from starting to smoke.  Credit:Kara Santos/IPS

Billions of Brazilian Health Dollars Going Up in Smoke

Brazil spends some 10 billion dollars a year on health care for smokers – more than three times the tax revenue from the tobacco industry in this country, which is the world's top exporter and second producer of tobacco.