tobacco

How Iron Law of Prohibition Works in Prisons, Where Everything’s Prohibited

[Read Part 1 of this story here] When I got off the chain bus at Washington State Penitentiary (Walla Walla)…

July 11, 2024

How Prison Smoking Bans Created a Health Crisis

When I first entered Washington State Department of Corrections custody in 1995, the currency was still cigarettes. In any cashless…

July 8, 2024

Recent Reports Reflect How the FDA Props Up the Cigarette Trade

Two subscription-only reports have recently highlighted how the Food and Drug Administration is effectively propping up smoking in the United…

May 17, 2024

A Long Walk With the Tobacco Users of Mumbai

I'm taking a walk through central Mumbai with Rizwan, who switched from smoking tobacco to vaping, then turned vape seller.…

March 27, 2024

“Marlboro Kids” in the ’70s, in Search of Cigarettes and Adulthood

The American Bicentennial was a very prolific time in my life. I had just completed fifth grade, and would be…

January 30, 2024

Cannabis Legalization Linked to Reduced Tobacco, Alcohol Use in Young Adults

Another federally funded study is suggesting that marijuana legalization may be linked to a “substitution effect,” with young adults in…

November 30, 2023

Is It Time to Abandon the Term “Smoker”?

Words matter, particularly when they’re entwined with issues of identity. Labels have the capacity to erase the multi-faceted nature of…

November 21, 2023

Trashed Cigarette Packs Highlight Failure of California’s Flavor Ban

Last year, California voters passed Proposition 31—banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol. Overnight, one-third…

October 30, 2023

FDA’s Approaching Menthol Cigarette Ban Would Expand the Drug War

A national ban on menthol cigarettes is inching closer. This month, the United States Food and Drug Administration will publish…

August 21, 2023

Canada Mandates Health Warnings on Every Single Cigarette

Canada will soon be the first country in the world to mandate that a health warning be printed on every…

June 13, 2023