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Three Companies Get it Right

Richard Robbins | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Richard Robbins

Their forward-looking leaders recognized that, in fact, the biggest risk you can take is not taking risks.

CVS Makes the Right Call on Tobacco

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Anthony Hatcher

A paradox I recall from my youth was the juxtaposition of a cigarette machine at the front of the store and medicine to treat smoking-related diseases housed at the rear.

Considering Henry Waxman: Despite Drawbacks, the Congressman and the Scene He Helped Create Had Massive Accomplishments

William Bradley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Henry Waxman's decision to retire from Congress after 40 years service there marks the end of one of the great congressional careers, and the last of the "Watergate class" in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Smoke & Mirrors

John Friedman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Rather than hiding, CVS publicly stood up and declared its decision for the world to see. The company should be respected for being transparent. Whether or not they will be rewarded for the decision remains to be seen.

These 11 Stores Are Addicted To Selling Cigarettes

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business

CVS made a landmark announcement Wednesday that its 7,600 stores will stop selling tobacco products by October. That's a big deal. The company admitte...

End the Tobacco Epidemic: Enough is Enough -- Together, We Can Save Half a Million Lives Every Year

Harold Wimmer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Harold Wimmer

Without stronger laws to protect people, the door is left wide open for the tobacco industry to take advantage. Cigarette manufacturers have bought companies that make e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco products to grow their empire, increase profits and maintain power over our youth.

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.

How and Why to Help an LGBT Friend Stop Smoking

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are 68 percent higher than the general population; that means smoking affects more of us than any other single health problem. Luckily there is a cure for smoking, and even minutes after you stop your health starts to improve.

Woman Lights Up Cigarette In City Hall As Bloomberg Signs E-Cig Ban

Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

In one of his last acts as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg signed legislation Monday banning electronic-cigarette use in indoor public place...

How Far Has LGBT Health Research Progressed Since Bush-Era 'Big Chill'?

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

For any longtime LGBT health researcher, 2003 stands out -- it was the year that the Traditional Values Coalition compiled a list of research studies by the National Institutes of Health and slipped that list to Congress.

Tobacco: Symbol of Corrupt Trade Policy

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Ellen R. Shaffer

The predominant business of agreements like the TPP is actually reducing "technical barriers" to trade -- that is, democratically adopted laws and regulations that protect the public's health, environment, labor standards, and financial transactions.

Video Makes Anti-Science Politicians Look TERRIBLE

www.upworthy.com | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The video had me interested at the beginning....

Global coal lobbyist: death must be weighed against benefit

Justin Guay | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

Photo courtesy of Greenpeace India Co-authored by Bob Burton The global coal industry thinks hundreds of thousands of deaths every year caused by it...

E-cigarettes: Should They Be Regulated as Cigarettes?

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 02.01.2014 | Chicago
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

Like other gateway products Big Tobacco has masked to entice its next generation of smokers, e-cigarettes follow suit as its popularity with youth nationwide more than doubled from 2011 to 2012.

The Future of Smoking Cessation (Hint: It May Not Be E-Cigarettes)

Dr. Judson Brewer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judson Brewer

E-cigarettes made a big splash recently, with celebrities smoking them on talk shows and companies ramping up their production to rake in profits before the FDA comes in and regulates them. The tag line is that it is better to use an e-cigarette than smoke the real thing. But do they really help people quit?

U.S. Colleges and Universities Deserve an 'A' for Going Tobacco-Free

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Our physical environment affects the daily choices we make about life and health. College and university campuses can prevent nicotine addiction among students by implementing tobacco-free campus policies and promoting healthy lifestyle choices

Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

Rob Kampia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

NYC Will Likely Raise The Smoking Age To 21

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York

New York City teenagers will still be able to see cigarettes in stores, but they may not be able to smoke them anymore. Mayor Michael Bloomberg dr...

Climate Deniers, Meet Joe Camel

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you -- and if they did, no one would listen.

American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Takes it to Congress

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

There is a growing need for palliative care programs, which may be attributed to the increasing number of people living with chronic illness in the United States and the need for education and training of healthcare providers is rapidly growing as well.