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January 13, 2020

Turkey will join countries like France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia in selling cigarettes in plain packaging as diseases attributable to tobacco use causes more than 100,000 deaths in Turkey yearly.

Turkey will switch to plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco products from December 5, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said on Tuesday, in a move aimed at curbing tobacco sales and discouraging smokers.

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January 13, 2020

For the study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, the researchers looked specifically at lung function--the amount of air a person can breathe in and out--in smokers, ex-smokers, and never-smokers.

New York: People who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day cause long-term damage to their lungs, according to new research.

"Many people assume that smoking a few cigarettes a day isn't so bad, but it turns out that the di...

January 9, 2020

Researchers find link between tobacco cigarettes and depression and schizophrenia

Smoking tobacco cigarettes could increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia, research suggests.

It has long been known that smoking is more common among people with mental health conditions. However, it has been unclear whether smoking could be a factor in causing such problems or is simply a form of self-medic...

January 9, 2020

The Scandinavian nation has further limited public spaces where people can smoke. Smoking has already been banned in bars and restaurants since May 2005.

Sweden took a step closer to becoming a smoke-free nation on Monday with the introduction of new laws regarding smoking in public places.

As of July 1, Swedes were no longer able to light up in certain public spaces, such as playgrounds, train stations and even outside restaura...

January 8, 2020

Dubai: Shopkeepers in Dubai are bracing themselves for a drop in cigarette and sugary drink sales after a new Excise Tax came into effect on Sunday.

The price of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and energy drinks have increased 100 per cent, while sweetened and carbonated drinks have gone up 50 per cent.

Each cigarette now costs at least 40 fils extra meaning a regular pack of 20 cigarettes will cost more...

January 6, 2020

Boring is best when it comes to cigarette packaging, a Halifax researcher has concluded.

Mohammed Al-Hamdani worked with 50 smokers using eye-tracking technology and tests that measured the motivation to smoke. He found that plain cigarette packaging not only increases attention to health warnings for all smokers, it also deters some smokers' desire to smoke. 

“It’s this very boring standardized area in a very boring font that d...

December 26, 2019

"It's really expensive. When all this started, I had to sell everything I owned," says cancer patient Awa Florence.

"I don't have anything left. I'm a widow and I don't have the means to pay for further tests."

The school administrator from Senegal's capital city, Dakar, was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year.

Cancer is a growing problem in Africa and Senegal is the latest country to try to improve patient care by subsiding...

December 24, 2019

The dangers of smoking have been publicized for decades, but people who are "social smokers" — who only smoke at parties, social events, or rare occasions — may believe they aren't subject to the same health dangers as pack-a-day smokers. That couldn't be further from the truth, experts tell Bustle. Social smoking, even if it only occurs on rare occasions, can result in serious health issues, especially for your lungs and hear...

December 16, 2019

Smoking cigarettes has long been known for its ability to damage eyesight, on top of the harm it causes to the lungs, heart and other organs.But a new study suggests that smoking can impair vision far earlier than is commonly thought.

Heavy smokers with an average age of 35 were markedly worse than nonsmokers at distinguishing colors as well as the contrast between different shades of gray, the study authors said. Previous rese...

December 13, 2019

New law signed by Republican governor will also outlaw menthol cigarettes and places a 75% excise tax on e-cigarettes

Massachusetts has adopted America’s toughest ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes, in response to a rise in youth vaping and an outbreak of vaping-related serious lung injuries.

Charlie Baker, the Republican governor, signed into law legislation passed by the state...

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