small image of a pack of illicit 'jin ling' brand cigarettes

How many corner shops face closure because of tobacco smuggling? 1

Is the illicit trade in tobacco products close to forcing ‘one in six’ stores in the UK out of business as claimed by the ‘Tobacco Retailers’ Alliance’?


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E-cigarettes versus Nicotine patches 1

A study from New Zealand (full study text pdf, news report) was published earlier today in the high profile medical journal Lancet which compared the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes to nicotine patches for quitting smoking. It found e-cigarettes ‘…with or without nicotine, were modestly effective at helping smokers to quit, with similar achievement of abstinence as with nicotine patches.’ Let’s take a look at it and see if we can put the results in context… More…

small picture of australian plain tobacco pack with large warnings

Plain packaging – evidence arrives from Australia Reply

Earlier this month, public health Minister Anna Soubry told the Westminster Parliament that plans to implement plain, standardised packaging in the UK were to be put on hold to get more evidence about how things work out in Australia. In response the Scottish Government said it is committed to introducing standardised packaging independently. Some early evidence from Australia has now been published – what does it add?