Focus on Smoking

Cannabis – no harmless wonder medicine

According to the 2017 UN World Drug Report, 183 million people worldwide use cannabis and the trend is increasing, thus making cannabis by far the most used illegal drug. Cannabis is used in the form of marijuana (dried inflorescences and leaves), hashish (resin of flowers mixed with plant parts) or hashish oil (viscous extract from […] Read on...

US Surgeon General: E-cigarettes are unsafe for young people

The ever-growing evidence that electronic cigarettes are dangerous to health and significantly increase the risk of the user turning to tobacco cigarettes, has led the US Surgeon General to warn parents, children and youth to avoid e-cigarettes and live a tobacco-free life. Read on...

Switzerland: New Federal Act on tobacco products

On December 8th the Swiss National Council is going to vote on the proposal of the Federal Council regarding the new Federal Act on tobacco products. According to this Act, tobacco product manufacturers will no longer be allowed to advertise in newspapers, on posters, in cinemas or online portals. Distribution of free samples or sponsoring […] Read on...

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Worldwide plain packaging

Plain tobacco packaging or standardised packaging means the removal of all branding (colours, imagery, corporate logos and trademarks) from the pack. Manufacturers are only allowed to print the brand name at a prescribed size, font and place on the pack, in addition to the health warnings and any other legally mandated information.1 Read on...

What will it take to create a tobacco-free world?

The Lancet launches a campaign for a tobacco-free world by 2040. As a contrast to the extraordinary growth of the tobacco industry, especially in the Middle East and Africa, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) presents the case for an ambitious new global tobacco control goal – a world essentially free of tobacco […] Read on...