Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn

Food and drink companies are using the same dodgy tactics as tobacco companies to protect profits, leading experts warn Report says global firms are using sneaky tactics that jeopardise healthInclude lobbying governments to block health regulations against junk food Other methods include distorting research findings and paying large sums of money to form close relationships with health bodies By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 13:26 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 12 February 2013 Food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, warn researchers Leading food, drink and alcohol companies are employing tactics used by the tobacco industry to get around public health policies aimed at reducing obesity and other health problems, a damning report has claimed.

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child"s chance of developing the disease

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease | UPDATED: 01:24 GMT, 10 December 2012 Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents' second-hand smoke (pictured posed by model) Smoking during pregnancy can treble the baby’s chance of developing meningitis, researchers warn, and children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly illness.

Gruesome images of mouth tumours and gangrene: How every cigarette packet on sale in Australia will look from tomorrow

Gruesome images of mouth tumours and gangrene: How every cigarette packet on sale in Australia will look from tomorrow Law bans the use of logos, brand imagery, colours and promotional textAll tobacco packaging will be brown with the brand name barely visible Graphic health warning will cover at least 85% of all tobacco packaging | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 30 November 2012 Australia will tomorrow become the first country in the world to strip all tobacco products of branding – leaving just standardised packs covered with graphic health warnings.

Heart attacks among non-smokers fall by a QUARTER after ban stubs out passive smoking

Heart attacks among non-smokers fall by a QUARTER after ban stubs out passive smoking | UPDATED: 11:45 GMT, 28 August 2012 Smoking bans brought in to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke can have a dramatic impact on public health, say researchers.

Global toll of smoking revealed as study finds women are starting to smoke at younger age

Global toll of smoking revealed as study finds women are starting habit at increasingly younger age The World Health Organisation estimates tobacco kills around 6 million people a year worldwide60% of men in Russia and 52.9% of men in China smoke Most developing nations found to have low quit rates By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 14:37 GMT, 17 August 2012 | UPDATED: 14:37 GMT, 17 August 2012 More women than ever are starting to smoke as earlier in life, say scientists Women are increasingly starting to smoke at younger ages, according to a large international study which found 'alarming patterns' of tobacco use.

Passive smoking impairs vital cough reflex in children, which could put them at risk of pneumonia

Passive smoking damages cough reflex in children which is vital for clearing the lungs Secondhand smoke makes a child's coughing reflex less sensitive | UPDATED: 12:03 GMT, 20 August 2012 Secondhand smoke damages a vital cough reflex in otherwise healthy children and teenagers, say researchers.

Want to give up smoking? Look back to your youth as childhood trauma could be to blame

Want to give up smoking Look back to your youth as childhood trauma could be to blame Women who were physically or emotionally abused at children were 1.4 times more likely to become a smoker | UPDATED: 11:15 GMT, 13 July 2012 The researchers said their study highlighted the role psychological distress may play in choosing to smoke Women who struggle to give up smoking may do well to look back to their youth, after researchers found a link between the habit and childhood trauma.

Living near loud traffic increases your risk of heart problems

Living near loud traffic increases your risk of having a heart attack Researchers say the link could be due to noise causing stress and sleep disturbances | UPDATED: 10:15 GMT, 22 June 2012 Loud traffic noise increases the risk of heart attack, a study shows.

Avocados "can help keep you young" and fight off diseases by tackling dangerous molecules

Avocados 'can help keep you young' and fight off diseases by tackling dangerous molecules | UPDATED: 00:43 GMT, 23 April 2012 Avocados could be a weapon in the fight against ageing and disease, say scientists.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley "open" to stripping cigarette packets of branding

Health Secretary 'open' to stripping cigarette packets of branding Last week supermarkets were told to hide cigarettes under the counter or behind shutters | UPDATED: 09:22 GMT, 16 April 2012 Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said his mind is 'open' over proposals to strip cigarette packets of branding as a consultation on the plans was launched.