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Sin Taxes Should at Least Reflect Risk

Jeff Stier | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Jeff Stier

As the FDA continues to slowly ponder the complicated challenge of regulating tobacco products, other states can follow the leads of Indiana and, hopefully Oklahoma, by embracing the products of innovation to reduce the risk of smoking related diseases.

Understanding the Addiction

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

I had a patient who had come in to my clinic to quit smoking. He was smoking 30 cigarettes a day and had tried to quit before but to no avail. On the first night of our smoking cessation class, I taught him a simple practice.

The Future of Nicotine Addiction: When Smokers Become Vapers

Brent Green | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Brent Green

The nation's tobacco industry is facing one monumental impediment to future growth: a shrinking (and dying) customer base of cigarette smokers.

To Grasp What Conflicting Health Studies Mean to You, Master Key Science Terms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In the imperfect communication that translates scientific findings into public pronouncements, a thin thread of an association can come off as a headline that touts a sure-fire way to prevent cancer. But associations and correlations are not definitive proof of causation.

Aussies Fume Over Pundit's Claim That Smoking Is Healthier Than Gay Marriage

Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices

A conservative Australian pundit has angered international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates by making claims that smokin...

What Ancient Flask Reveals About Mayans

LiveScience | Remy Melina | Posted 01.13.2012 | Science

By Remy Melina (Click here for original article on LiveScience.) Traces of nicotine discovered in a Mayan flask dating back more than 1,000 yea...

One Smoker's Battle to Quit

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Joe Donlan has been many things in his life -- an athlete, a businessman, a husband and father, a Marine, a good friend and... a lifetime smoker.

Teens and Flavored Cigars. Seriously?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.18.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Cigar use among teens increased by more than 11% from 2000-2010. And the cigars are not the ones that your uncles smoked. The cigars of choice are -- get this -- candy-flavored.

Tobacco Companies Sue Federal Government Over Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

AP/The Huffington Post | JEFFREY COLLINS | Posted 10.16.2011 | Business

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Associated Press)-- Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette lab...

Third-Hand Smoke Affects Family Health

Robin Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Wilson

What is third-hand smoke? It is that film that remains behind after a smoker has vacated a residence or hotel room. For those who are chemically sensi...

Omega, Cigarette Smoking Chimpanzee, Rescued In Lebanon Zoo (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Animal rights activists have rescued a 12-year-old chimpanzee from a zoo in Lebanon, after it was discovered the animal had developed a cigarette habi...

Third World America: Is Living a Normal Life a Political Statement?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

America is going through economic chaos. But a lot of other things are going on, too. There aren't enough of us living normal, stable lives.

Depression, Smoking, and Quitting

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Unfortunately, most of today's smokers struggling with depression are still not benefiting from over a century of advances.

Baseball Announcer Garagiola's Anti-Chew Campaign May Cause More Harm Than Good

Tony Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tony Newman

It's easy to be moved by baseball legend Joe Garagiola's anti-tobacco mission, but his campaign may ultimately cause more harm than good.

An Open Letter To President Obama on Smoking

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

People talk about the power of cigarettes, how hard they are to give up, but they don't talk about what really makes them powerful, which is the most interesting part.

Is Everyone Addicted To Something?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

We mood-alter with substances (alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.) and activities (shopping, gambling, sex, work etc.) We are unable to simply be awake and present to life -- so we medicate our existential anxiety.

Is President Obama Addicted To Nicotine?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Under ordinary circumstances, giving up an addiction, any addiction, is hard enough. But Obama isn't living under ordinary circumstances. Shouldn't we allow him his occasional cigs?

Defragmenting Healthcare: Science, Medicine and Smoking

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

The lag between what we know about helping smokers and what we do to help them opens a window into the gaping hole between scientific knowledge and clinical practice.

The Secrets in Smoke

Deborah Blum | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Blum

In 1854, the essayist Henry David Thoreau published an ode to a morning fire: "Light-winged Smoke, Icarian bird... Lark without song, and messenger o...

10 Reasons I Quit Smoking

Therese Borchard | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

You're almost there. You want to quit. In fact, 80 percent of your brain is sure you can. But 20 percent insists that you can't. How do you make it over to the other side without falling SPLAT on your face?

Casual Smoking Is Still Smoking

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Although they may not be as addicted to nicotine, social smokers still are setting themselves up to have an increased chance of getting many of the same diseases that affect daily smokers.

Tobacco Company Reynolds In Talks To Buy Company For Quitters

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

RICHMOND, Va. — Reynolds American Inc., maker of Camel cigarettes and Grizzly smokeless tobacco, is in talks to buy a Swedish company that helps...

2010: 7 Steps Out Of Addiction

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.05.2010 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I have worked in the addiction field for forty years, since I began researching my book, Love and Addiction. I take a non-disease approach, since I find the idea that you are born to be a lifelong addict unhelpful.

Small Good News: Bringing Big Tobacco To Its Battery-Powered Knees

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

In the name of transparency, yes, my late father lit one cigarette off the end of another from the time he was twelve until nine months before he...

Dying To Quit: F.D.A. Warns Public About Stop-Smoking Drugs Chantix and Zyban | GARDINER HARRIS and DUFF WILSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Federal drug regulators warned Wednesday that patients taking two popular drugs to stop smoking should be watched closely for signs of serious mental ...