Over the last three years, we've made significant strides in our fight against tobacco, and our efforts are paying off. But today's report is an important reminder to our nation that we have a lot more work to do to make tobacco death and disease part of our past.
There was once a time where government involvement over smoking meant warning people that they were assuming a health risk and offering advice or services to those who wanted it. No one had a problem with that. Then it got ugly.
A nurse shouldn't smell like she just smoked an entire pack of cigarettes. If my nose wrinkles at the foul odor of stale smoke on one of the hospital caregivers, imagine how the patient struggling with nausea must feel as the same nurse leans over them to listen to their chest.
Real change can be hard to come by, and it's tempting to want to start lowering expectations, or throw in the towel on your goal completely. But don't despair, because it's not too late to push the reset button and try tackling those goals again.
Context has the power to shape our most basic behaviors and our most private thoughts. From moral character to sense of identity to physical attraction and falling in love, our instincts and actions are surprisingly subject to the power of ordinary situations.
AARP reports that there is "mounting evidence" that sitting increases our risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes and early death "even for people who exercise daily."
Shame on Humana, and Geisinger Health Systems and yes, the American Lung Association, and any organization that contorts ethics and morality to believe its employees' daily habits are fair game for its scrutiny.
Researchers at Tufts' School of Veterinary Medicine conducted a study in which they found that cats living in homes with smokers are twice as likely as cats living with non-smokers to acquire feline lymphoma cancer.
The CDC announced last month that it would be undertaking a study on the economic effects of smoking bans. It's being funded with a grant from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Behold the partnership of ideology and profits.
A genuine decision to quit calls for a shift into a new relationship with the hard-edged reality of smoking. At this time of year winter blues and holiday stress, as well as holiday hype and disappointments, provide plenty of triggers for smoking addiction to feed upon.
Most smokers who want to quit smoking don't realize that if they combine two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), their chances for success are vastly increased. In fact, a combined NRT approach is the best of the medical options available for helping them.
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.
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.
This may be the perfect time to join the growing ranks of Americans -- approximately 50 million -- who have quit smoking and regained a fighting chance for health.
In granting tobacco companies a delay in complying with a government order to put graphic anti-smoking images on cigarette packs, Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon sought mightily to make a case for industry. His problem -- industry doesn't have a case.
It's the season of Halloween, or maybe Dia de Los Muertos, and besides carving pumpkins, loading up on mini-bags of peanut M&Ms and thinking lots about the dead, we also pause at this time of year to, sort of, celebrate our fears.