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Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.

Fifty Years After First Surgeon General Report on Smoking, E-Cigarettes Pose Latest Threat to Public Health

Sen. Richard Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Proposed laws that would regulate e-cigarettes are met with opposition from those who dismiss e-cigarettes as products that present little or no risk. They claim e-cigarettes are a great way for smokers to quit smoking without exposing innocent bystanders to hazardous vapor. What they don't tell you is the impact that e-cigarettes are having on people who have never smoked before.

50th Anniversary of Landmark Report on Smoking Brings Reflection of Past Success and Reality of New Concerns to Tackle

Ardis D. Hoven, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Health News
Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.

The AMA recognizes the need to tackle some of today's most troubling chronic health conditions -- cardiovascular disease and diabetes type 2 -- to which smoking can be linked.

Smoking Bans and Car-Seat Bribes: 5 Lessons From the 50-Year Effort to Reduce Smoking and Save Lives

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Larry Cohen

As we consider and celebrate these victories, we must also remember how far we have to go. Today, while the rate of smoking has dropped, it remains the leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of 440,000 Americans each year.

Historic Smoking Report Marks 50th Anniversary

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercia...

Health Literacy: An Unrecognized Problem in Our Health Care System

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, but each time we ignore the opportunity to establish thoughtful, effective communication among all our health-related entities and the people and communities they serve, everyone loses.

U.S. Surgeon General Lauds Progress

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics

By Daniel Lovering CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The acting U.S. surgeon general said on Tuesday he was "enthusiastic" about the...

Obama Picks Surgeon General Nominee

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate the head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the...

U.S. Surgeon General Stepping Down

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says she plans to step down next month after four years as "America's doctor." In an email to...

WATCH: Breastfeeding Myths Busted In Surgeon General's New Video Campaign

Posted 04.17.2013 | Black Voices

Breastfeeding advocates had a win earlier this year when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that breastfeeding rates are on...

Surgeon General Koop: The Legacy of a Health Warrior

Dr. Richard Carmona | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Richard Carmona

A man of enormous physical presence and stature, Koop became a public figure at the juxtaposition of a nation yearning for a credible, visible and competent health leader with that of a national media consumed by an insatiable appetite for content.

Ron Weasley's Headed To The Small Screen

Posted 02.14.2013 | TV

Harry who? Ron Weasley's making a comeback. Rupert Grint has landed the lead role in CBS' "Super Clyde" pilot as a burger-flipper at a fast food c...

California City Bans Smoking In Condos, Duplexes

Reuters | Ronnie Cohen | Posted 12.15.2012 | San Francisco

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Oct 15 (Reuters) - A San Francisco suburb on Monday banned smoking in duplexes, condominiums and other multi-family homes, with ...

Report: Smoking Among High School Students Declines In 2011

Posted 08.13.2012 | Education

A National Youth Tobacco Survey study released Thursday reports a 1.4 percent decrease in smoking among high school students, from 17.2 percent in 200...

Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 05.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Sebelius

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.

Aides Urge Longtime Giffords Friend To Run For Senate

AP | By JACQUES BILLEAUD and KEVIN FREKING | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

By JACQUES BILLEAUD AND KEVIN FREKING, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' aides have urged former Surgeon General Richard Carm...

It's Official: August Is National Breastfeeding Month

Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC | Posted 10.16.2011 | Parents
Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC

Many moms, medical experts, and lactation educators have long celebrated World Breastfeeding Month in August. But the United States Breastfeeding Committee has now proclaimed that August is officially National Breastfeeding Month.

New Graphic Warnings Labels: A Step In The Right Direction

Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A. | Posted 08.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A.

Stark images and bold messaging will now graphically illustrate -- on every ad and every pack of cigarettes -- the painful and deadly reality of tobacco use. A diseased lung. A baby surrounded by secondhand smoke. A man who needs an oxygen mask to breathe.

Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Marijuana, Masturbation and Medicine

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

A group called is flooding California airwaves with a scary-scary ad against Proposition 19, tthat state's legalize marijua...

Obesity is Contagious

Dr. Dennis Gottfried | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Dennis Gottfried

As society initiates its battle to end the obesity epidemic, much can be learned from the similar battle waged against cigarette smoking over the past several decades.

What's The Big Idea: Aspen Ideas Fest, Day 1

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

How can Aspen Ideas Fest be harnessed for the common good so that everyone in the country can be exposed to it, not just the few of us privileged to attend such events?

Not in Sickness; in Health: How Health Reform could Start a Real Revolution

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Cohen

While the nation still struggles to understand the impact and implementation of health reform, the Prevention and Public Health Fund—a barely n...

A Message To The Surgeon General: Doctors Should Treat Patients, Not Disease

Riva Greenberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

If we as a nation are to get our weight and our health back in order, we need our doctors to stop telling us what to do and actually have real conversations with us.

Ryan Grim

Reid To Push Dem Senators To Fight GOP Obstruction | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor Thursday to blast Republicans for blocking President Obama's nominees for key agencies...

Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: 'I Struggle With My Weight' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's surgeon general spoke frankly with ABC News Monday, saying that she struggles with her own weight. "I'm just like 67 percent of Ame...