A US jury has ordered tobacco giant Philip Morris to pay $8m to the widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung disease. The jury in Florida decided in favour of Elaine Hess, whose husband Stuart died of lung cancer in 1997 at age 55. He had smoked for 40 years. The ruling could blaze a legal trail for 8,000 similar cases in Florida.
Scientists identified three genetic mutations that increase the number of cigarettes people smoke a day. And several genes appear to dictate how likely you are to take up smoking and how easily you can quit.
Controversial singer Doda is facing the prospect of doing two years behind bars for alleging that the Bible was written by people with a fondness for drinking too much wine and smoking herbal cigarettes.
Parents have been warned to watch out for signs of excessive texting in their children, amid concerns it poses a new health risk. Teenagers sending 120 text messages a day are more likely to drink, smoke and have sex, claims a US doctor.
Some of the toughest anti-smoking measures to be adopted in a major city have been approved by councillors in New York. The measures are set to extend a smoking ban to municipal parks, beaches and even Times Square.