Ireland on Thursday became the first European Union member state to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products, prompting the tobacco industry to threaten legal action.
It was announced earlier this month that drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars from October if they are carrying children as passengers.
Three major US tobacco companies—Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds and Lorillard—have agreed to pay $100 million to settle more than 400 lawsuits claiming that smoking damaged people's health.
Public health experts have long known that tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) can be harmful for children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a lung disease that often accompanies premature birth.
The tobacco industry deployed "massive" third party lobbying to subvert revised European regulations on tobacco products, helped by regulatory reforms that seem to have made it easier for corporate interests to influence ...
Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.