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Re-New Year's Resolutions

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Harold Wimmer

Even with the best of intentions, New Year's resolutions have a tendency to slowly fade away as we get further away from January 1. This year, I plan on renewing a resolution to help a friend quit smoking for good and I have an easy way for you to join me.

Even Nonsmoking Teens Are Constantly Exposed To Tobacco

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Even though fewer U.S. teens are smoking, secondhand smoke remains a big problem for them, a government study found. Nearly half of n...

Hawaii's Public Health Power Move Could Save Thousands Of Lives

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living

On January 1, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to raise its smoking age for traditional and e-cigarettes to 21, earning appreciative nods ...

Teen Smokers May Be Hard-Wired For Cigarette Addiction

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Teen smokers might crave nicotine in part because their brains respond differently than adults to seeing people light up, a small ...

Secondhand Smoke Tied To Infertility And Early Menopause

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke is tied to infertility in women and early menopause, according to a new study. Compared t...

Experts Push For Pregnancy Warning Labels On Pot Products

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- Warning: Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding poses potential harms. That message would be written on medical and recrea...

ICYMI: Who Faces More Sexism, Female Politicians Or Lab Rats?

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.14.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, HuffPosters wrote about two very different groups facing gender bias in the workplace: ...

One In Three Young Men In China Will Die From Smoking

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living

BEIJING (AP) -- Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, ...

Lowering Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes Leads To Less Smoking

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living

A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking l...

The Jury's Still Out On E-Cigarettes As A Way To Quit Smoking

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - There isn’t enough evidence yet to say whether e-cigarettes are safe or effective for helping people quit s...

CVS Says Its Ban On Cigarette Sales Has Reduced Smoking

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 09.03.2015 | Healthy Living

CVS Health Corp said on Thursday its decision to stop selling tobacco products last year led to a 1 percent decrease in cigarette sales in some state...

Science Confirms Your Company Should Pay You To Stop Smoking

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Is money even more enticing to smokers than cigarettes? This was the question at the heart of a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, pub...

The Mindful Geek: A Radically New Way to Quit Smoking

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

An innovative researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been testing a set of technologically based forms of an acceptance and mindfulness-based therapy.

What Leonard Nimoy (Spock) and Lesley Gore ('It's My Party') Have in Common

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Above all, avoid cigarettes, and you will live longer, prosper better, and also have more parties. Leonard Nimoy and Lesley Gore, we will miss you both.

Mental Health for the Masses

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.09.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

MOOIs (Massive Open Online Interventions) are mental health and substance abuse interventions, scientifically validated and available online to unlimited numbers of consumers. As with MOOCs, most of these consumers can be expected to drop out, but some will stay -- and get well.

Innovation for a Smoker Near You

Scott Goodson | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Scott Goodson

There is a movement afoot to innovate with nicotine and tobacco as well as inventing better, smarter products to help you stop smoking. Some of these areas have been a public taboo. Nevertheless, it seems as if innovation has exploded in this space of late.

Lung Cancer in Women: The No. 1 Cancer Killer That Can Be Tamed

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although breast cancer diagnosis is twice as common in women (1 in 8 women will get breast cancer) compared to lung cancer (1 in 16 women), the cure rate for lung cancer is much lower, resulting in more deaths from lung cancer.

Smoking Cessation Without Weight Gain

Margaret Marshall | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

If you don't quit smoking, smoking will quit you. The tobacco addiction is hard to overcome but you can change your way and become addicted to life, fresh air, and deep breathing.

Smokeout Time: Your Opportunity to Stop Smoking and Save Lives

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Live longer, live healthier, make the lives of those around you healthier (by avoiding your second-hand smoke), and make the Great American Smokeout your personal first anniversary for your smoke-free life.

The Paradox of Addiction

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

In China one of the major brands of cigarettes is called Long Life. What better example of what I call the paradox of addiction?

Quitting Smoking: You CAN Do It!

Harold Wimmer | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

November is both National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and COPD Awareness Month -- the perfect two-in-one reminder that the best way to reduce your risk of these and other serious illnesses is to quit smoking. Quitting isn't easy, but you're not alone, there's help available and you CAN do it.

A Balanced Review of E-cigs by the American Heart Association

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

The American Heart Association (AHA) should be commended for its review of e-cigs. It places appropriate emphasis on the importance of rapidly carrying out research to fill key gaps in our ability to develop science-based regulations.

Tell Young People the Truth: E-Cigarettes and Vaping Flavors Help People Quit Smoking

Tony Newman | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Tony Newman

It seems like every day we hear a new attack - yet these products are actually helping some people quit or cut back on the much more dangerous alternative of smoking tobacco.

Quitting Gradually or Abruptly: Which Is Better?

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

When it comes to the moment of truth of quitting, the crucial question becomes: Is the smoker saying goodbye to cigarettes by admitting that the addiction has gotten the best of them, that the relationship has gone bad and they need to quit it completely? Or is the smoker, instead, waiting to smoke again and holding out for the next puff?

Chicago, NYC, LA and San Francisco Implementing New E-Cigarette Laws

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Not allowing e-cigarettes to be used indoors is a smart move for cities and towns that want to preserve the health of their community. Adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free laws is also practical. People who want to smoke e-cigarettes can continue to do so in the same places where regular cigarettes are smoked, while everyone else can continue to breathe clean air wherever they work, learn and play.