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FDA: Agency Must Review Tobacco Products

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RICHMOND, Va. — The Food and Drug Administration says it must review tobacco products that were introduced or changed over the last four years i...

Safer Tobacco? Company Claims It's Made A Less Harmful Product

AP | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RICHMOND, Va. — Tobacco maker Star Scientific Inc. says it has developed a moist smokeless tobacco with lower levels of cancer-causing chemicals...

Astoria Characters: The Little Guy Who Made It Big

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Agatino "Tony" Manganaro, who came to New York from Sicily with a pregnant wife and only $25 in his pocket, didn't get where he is by resting. He worked -- his brawn and his brains.

Is There a Genie in the Genome?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

My own hope for genomic advances lingers. But at its best, that hope was and is a small flicker in comparison to the luminous promise of lifestyle.

Rush Limbaugh: Proof That Fear Makes You Stupid

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

Rush Limbaugh recently compared the murder of Native Americans to European deaths via tobacco. Pretty stupid. Not ideological or right wing or politically incorrect. Just third-grade dumb.

Weekly Pulse: The New Hunger Epidemic, Making CPCs Come Clean, and Smoking Hipsters

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger As some Americans obsess over whether to brine or deep-fry their Thanksgiving turkeys, others are goi...

WATCH: Chain-Smoking Toddler Quits, But Others Tots Light Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The two-year-old Indonesian toddler who sparked a global outcry when footage of him chain-smoking cigarettes went viral has finally kicked his habit. ...

Mount Merapi Rescue Efforts Being Sponsored By Cigarette Companies

GlobalPost | Will Carless | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia -- Nobody is allowed to smoke in the Sampoerna Rescue camp. The cluster of leaky, ash-covered canvas tents that has been set up...

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Native American Health Advocate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Every day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person' -- an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political c...

Mad Men Season 4, Ep 12: Addiction... plus Nazi Germany's Anti-Smoking Campaign

Janet Turley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Janet Turley

Addiction is the dominant theme in this episode. It weaves its predatory way through SCDP's decline, Midge's heroin habit, and even Glenn and Sally when he offers her a cigarette.

What If John Boehner Smoked Marijuana?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Boehner's statements on cigarettes have a strong Libertarian slant. If that's true for lethal and addictive products like cigarettes and alcohol, why wouldn't it be true for recreational use of non-lethal, medicinal cannabis?

10 States Sell Half Of Imported Guns Used In Crimes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

WASHINGTON — Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report...

Making the Most of Medicare's New Benefit to Quit Smoking

Dr. Daniel Seidman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Daniel Seidman

Medicare is underwriting up to eight counseling sessions per year for smokers who are struggling to quit. The naysayer's response is "what a waste." However, research and clinical experience tell quite an opposite story.

Russian Minister Urges Citizens To Smoke, Drink More

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin is urging his country's citizens to smoke more cigarettes and drink more alcohol, as indulging those habits can...

Postal Service Gives Soldiers Denied Cigarette Shipments A Way To Get Them Back

AP | KRISTIN M. HALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The U.S. Postal Service said Thursday that it plans to resume shipping care packages with cigarettes and other tobacco to sol...

A Leaderless ATF Chooses the Wrong Target

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

While the ATF announces it will fight terrorist enemies' access to our cigarette supply, the agency continues to sit out the debate about the background check system that enables terror suspects to buy all the guns they want.

Law Enforcement to Congress: Require Background Checks for Gun Sales

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

We need partners in every community; and we need elected officials, in Congress and in state legislatures, to stop catering to special interests and instead act in the public interest to reduce the terrible, and escalating, risk of gun violence in America.

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Is Hooked on Child Labor (Video)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Everyone knows smoking is a costly habit, taking a toll on your health and your wallet. What you probably didn't know is that the tobacco industry extracts a much dearer price from children laboring in the remote fields of Central Asia.

As American as Apple Pie: Policies that Protect Health

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Larry Cohen

Something transformative is happening in America. Federal recommendations limiting food marketing to kids. Building sidewalks so that kids can be ph...

Supreme Court Denies Cigarette Companies And Obama Administration In Tobacco Case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected appeals by the Obama administration and the nation's largest tobacco companies to get involved in a ...

Gulf Oil Disaster: Not War but Cancer

David Helvarg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helvarg

A week ago I flew out over the Gulf with conservation pilot Tom Hutchings and Waterkeeper John Wathen to the Source. The metastasizing spill in the Gulf is like cancer and the activity 90 miles offshore at the source like a messy surgery.

The Tobacco Leopard

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

We are both veterans of the tobacco wars and so are not surprised at the industry's attempt to block Mayor Bloomberg's most effort to remind citizens of the grim dangers of smoking.

Fans Get Kelly Clarkson to Do the Right Thing

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Matthew L. Myers

All members of the music and entertainment industry, including performers and promoters, should follow Clarkson's lead in rejecting all tobacco sponsorships and promotions.

All I Ever Wanted Was a Tobacco-Free Idol

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew L. Myers

Kelly Clarkson's fans around the world and international health advocates are calling on the American Idol winner to withdraw tobacco industry sponsorship of her April 29 concert in Jakarta, Indonesia. And with good reason.

BP Should Pay to Educate the Public About Clean Energy

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

Mr. President, in this time of crisis I urge you to return to your roots. You got your start as a community organizer.