As inequality in America continues expanding by many measures, smoking is a growing aspect of that divide that is a matter of life and death.As inequality in America continues expanding by many measures, smoking is a growing aspect of that divide that is a matter of life and death.
The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.
The "Last Week Tonight" host explains that although government regulations have helped reduce smoking in the U.S., American tobacco companies are actually stronger than ever -- and brazen enough to run advertising he calls "a pile of horseshit."
Politicians wanted upfront cash from a legal victory over Big Tobacco, and bankers happily obliged. The price? A handful of states promised to repay $64 billion on just $3 billion advanced.
E-cigarettes, those small vaporizers that deliver nicotine to the lungs without fire and smoke, are the apparent future of tobacco, and the FDA is about to respond to the industry with a pack of regulations.
The investigative website Fair Warning reports that the White House has bowed to pressure from Big Tobacco and pro-business groups, and will drop a stance aimed at curbing smoking globally.
A recent study shows blacks in the U.S. are more likely to identify as gay than other ethnic groups; saggy pants have become illegal in a Florida city; meanwhile, Mitt Romney's work for big tobacco is at odds with his professed Mormon beliefs. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Over the last decade, New Yorker columnist Malcolm Gladwell has managed to metamorphose from a trained shill for Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and the deregulatory movement into an intellectual darling of mainstream "liberal" America. How did he do it?
Congress gave final approval to a bill that gives the federal government far-reaching power to try to decrease smoking in the U.S. Positioned to be much more effective than those stupid tobacco company-sponsored "Truth" commercials, the bill would limit nicotine levels and use of words like mild and light. Updated