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Help us report on the tobacco industry

Our reporters are headed to Panama to attend the global gathering to discuss changes to the World Health Organization’s landmark tobacco treaty — what do we need to know?

January 31, 2024
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New Zealand to drop world’s first ‘generational’ smoking ban

Other countries are also considering bans on tobacco product sales, similar to a pioneering law now axed in a deal by New Zealand’s right-wing coalition.

November 28, 2023
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‘Big Vape’ reporter talks lessons learned from Juul’s rise, fall, and future

We talk to the author of the book behind Netflix’s new docuseries on e-cigarette company Juul about the corporate and regulatory missteps that helped fuel a teen vaping crisis.

October 11, 2023
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Philip Morris ‘smoke-free’ and online campaigns are propaganda, lawsuit alleges

The tobacco giant is accused of violating French public health law in its marketing strategy for IQOS heated tobacco products. 

October 5, 2023
Illustration of smokers outside China's Great Hall of the People

China Tobacco, by the numbers

Measuring the power and influence of the world’s largest cigarette manufacturer.

September 28, 2023
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What to know about the global tobacco control treaty

Twenty years on, the landmark Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has changed tobacco policy across the world — but still faces fierce industry resistance.   

September 28, 2023
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I spent months reading vaping research. Here’s what science does — and doesn’t — say about the risks

As e-cigarette use spreads, the health of millions hinges on getting the answers right.

September 18, 2023
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Cheap cigarettes, misleading marketing and interference by a tobacco monopoly

Six ways China has side-stepped the global anti-tobacco treaty

September 13, 2023
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Why tobacco is a core beat at The Examination

While the tobacco epidemic continues to kill millions each year, the industry is making big bets on new products and emerging global economies.

September 13, 2023