Republican consultant Frank Luntz, a master of words, made clear in a 2002 GOP strategy memo how conservatives would address the growing threat of climate change: They would simply deny it was happening.
Quitting smoking isn't just personal -- public health spending and policies help take down the fences to healthier behavior, and we haven't taken down many for smoking at all.
While the proposal focuses predominantly on tobacco, it also extends the directive's scope to include products that do not contain tobacco, but nicotine, such as electronic and herbal cigarettes. Their marketing material must now carry health warnings.
Buying cigarettes feels like a monetary punch to the gut. This feeling of worthlessness and persecution increases today to more than $11, what it will now cost a freedom-lover to buy a pack of squares in Chicago.
Is it so radical to believe that smoking--like junk food snarfing, motorcycle riding, sky diving, mountain climbing, promiscuous sex, and running with scissors--is a matter of individual choice, otherwise known as freedom?
Have you had an experience where you recognized a need and saw an opportunity to help another person, or group of people, and ignored that quiet voice of doubt about your ability or authority to step in and take action?
Beyond commercial or even medical considerations, the truth is that the image of the old Cuban man with a puro between his lips is becoming a thing of promotional posters and commercial advertising.
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.
Because it's one of the few ways they'll be allowed to differentiate on price under Obamacare, a lot of market competition will happen around tobacco users -- if there's much real competition at all.
Currently, tobacco costs New Yorkers an estimated $8.17 billion in health care costs, including $2.7 billion in Medicaid costs as a result of tobacco use. Cutting the state's program that works to reduce these costs by helping to reduce tobacco use is shortsighted.
It's hard to motivate yourself to adopt new habits, but it's even harder to rid yourself of old ones. More often than not, it's the latter that keep us from becoming the person we really want to be.
Is there a familiar aroma emanating from your kid's room? Do you shake your head and ignore it thinking, "Hey, I got high when I was a teen and I turned out OK, right?" Well, think again.
Over the course of 20 years or so, there were days when I thought I'd never live to see today. At first, the thoughts were fleeting; over the past year, they were consuming. Yet here I am, an elated woman. I'm actually none the worse for wear, and possibly even new and improved!
We've been targeted by the tobacco industry, we're extremely likely to seek social acceptance, and the pressures of stigma can nudge anyone toward unhealthy behaviors. That's why I was so pleased when the CDC created its first-ever national LGBT-oriented smoking cessation ad.
Have you ever tried to lose weight by not thinking about food? How about trying to stop yourself from calling your love interest by blocking out all thoughts about that person? Ever try to quit smoking by trying not to think about smoking? Did it work? I'll bet it didn't.
It's been 15 years since I stopped smoking, and it's still a source of pride for me. I've gained so much personally by seeing what I can accomplish. I've spent some of the best years of my life already as a non-smoker, and I'm confident some of the best are still to come.