Mark was a smoker when we met 19 years ago, and he's smoked ever since. I wish he didn't, but I can't convince him to stop. The first boy I ever fell for, at 17, was also a smoker. It went along with his scruffy, adorable 'bad boy' vibe. I loved those smoky kisses. Now I'm 59, and what was irresistibly edgy in a 17-year-old boy seems idiotic and self-destructive in a man pushing 60.
As part of my job, I'm frequently on the go, traveling all across the country. I love interacting with people from coast to coast and seeing which trends are taking over which areas. Sadly, no matter where I go, there's one constant: Kids who are smoking.
These findings highlight an important and previously unreported link between early misfortune, unhealthy living and serious health risks in early adulthood. It's not to suggest that this is the only mechanism at work, but these hopeful findings identify actual behavioral targets.
My father remarked every time he saw our neighbor light up that he was driving another nail in his coffin. So I asked the kid next door if his father was really building a coffin. He didn't know what the heck I was talking about!
By David Greenwalt Despite the popularity of bashing high-protein diets like Atkins and Paleo the totality of the research indicates it may be more p...
Today, tobacco products are banned from commercials and smoking is on the decline. But don't be fooled. Tobacco companies still spend almost $10 billion a year on marketing. And most of that goes to programs that make cigarettes cheaper -- meaning more accessible to kids.
Mark Twain famously said, "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times." Today, the legendary...
These tremendous human and economic costs will only mount if no serious effort to educate the public on hookah smoking is undertaken.
As long we impart to nutrition the mediagenic volatility associated with the weather, we can all but guarantee that our understanding of what is good for us will remain very much clouded over. There will also be a very high chance of us acting like meatheads -- and being fed a steady diet of headlines accordingly.
Most of us are capable of bargaining for a distant payoff -- a college diploma, for example -- but addicts are bad at this calculation. So if addicts are so bad at temporal discounting, is it possible that this cognitive bias might be a marker of treatment success -- even a target of intervention?
Every business that is involved in health and health care must now do its part. Time is of the essence; tobacco is an epidemic that must be stopped.
Shirley Temple was one of the first celebrities to acknowledge having cancer and the first to crusade for breast cancer awareness and early diagnosis. She must always be remembered as an important cancer crusader.
CVS's decision, which will take effect nationwide in October, is an admirable one, precipitated by the changing role of drugstores: from convenience stores to health care providers that increasingly offer flu shots and treat minor health care needs in walk-in clinics.
how is America breaking its addiction to tobacco, and what lessons can we apply to a similarly dangerous addiction -- the burning of fossil fuels?
Cold, rain, snow, sleet, and wind may not delay the mail but they can sure delay the meal.
CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. The benefit of improved heart health, reduced chronic burden of disease, and household economies saving money on the direct cost of cigarettes? Priceless.