Smoking is bad. Even smokers know this is so. Many people view marijuana as “a relatively safe drug,” they write, and there’s a lot of literature out there touting its health benefits and safety. But there are also concerns that there hasn’t been enough scientific research to really define the health problems that marijuana might present.
Of all the ways to die, rolling up tobacco, setting it on fire, and voluntarily breathing in the acrid, smoky, result is a surprisingly common one. Smoking killed roughly 1 in 10 people worldwide in 2015, according to a recent study in the journal The Lancet. It remains the second leading risk factor for an early death and disability.
Last month, in its continuing effort to stop people from smoking, New York City raised the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13—the highest in the nation. But that hasn’t stopped my neighbor, John Melia, from merrily puffing away. A self-described “proud smoker,” he says there’s nothing better than a cigarette after a good meal.
Although smokers may refrain from lighting up around children, the youngsters they contact are exposed to health-robbing toxicants in thirdhand smoke, the residue that lingers on furniture, clothing and skin. If you’re a nonsmoker, I’m sure you can smell a smoker at arm’s length. Do you really want that person holding your baby?
Cigarette butts have the proud distinction of being the most common form of litter on America's beaches. Some 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured on Earth each year, and between 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste — largely made of a plastic-like material called cellulose acetate — are ultimately flung to the ground annually, according to the World Health Organization.
Will we look at the new evidence for long enough to at least consider whether we’ve gone too far?
The smoker has become shunned by society and pushed farther and farther towards its dark recesses and outer fringes. Are there any solutions to alleviate the pain that smokers are suffering?
1878: Eighty-six years before the U.S. surgeon general issues a report confirming the dangers of smoking tobacco, a letter from English physician Charles R. Drysdale condemning its use appears in The Times of London.
Popular Science has reported on tobacco smoking throughout its history. There are some fun anachronisms, like a 1910 declaration that "there is no scientific evidence that the moderate use of tobacco by healthy mature men produces any beneficial or injurious physical effects that can be measured." Health organizations now say there is no healthy level of smoking, nor of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Modern social smokers are typically younger, better educated and more affluent than other smokers and often smoke to gain acceptance among their social group, rather than in response to a craving for nicotine.
The standard answer from a doctor is simply never have a single cigarette. Never bring your phone to bed, never have unprotected sex, never sit for eight hours at a time. Never is the directive for a lot of things that a lot of people will do more times than never.
Several years ago I was talking to an epidemiologist who is skeptical of the idea that smokers pose a mortal threat to people in their vicinity. Although he supported workplace smoking bans, he was frustrated by the willingness of so many anti-tobacco activists and public health officials to overlook or minimize the weakness of the scientific case that secondhand smoke causes fatal illnesses such as lung cancer and heart disease.
Tobacco use is the single greatest risk factor for developing throat cancer - 75% to 80% of patients are smokers. Quitting is difficult and scary but dying slowly is worse.
A large prospective cohort study of more than 76,000 women confirmed a strong association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer but found no link between the disease and secondhand smoke.
21% of the population smokes cigarettes and every year approximately 20% of them try to quit, yet only 2% will be successful. President Obama can relate, he is still struggling with smoking and is using 'nicotine replacement therapy'.
Kris Novak finds that epidemiologists are still arguing about the effects of second-hand smoke.
Don't blame the messenger because the message is unpleasant - Ken Starr.
Today, 50 years later, we've cut the US smoking rate by more than half. Increasingly, effective tobacco control efforts have prevented at least eight million Americans from dying prematurely.
It's a great public health success, one of the biggest of the 20th century.
But the battle against tobacco is far from over. At least 5.6 million kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking if current rates continue.
You undoubtedly know about secondhand tobacco smoke, even though there is less of it these days because fewer people smoke in public. But do you know what thirdhand smoke is?
Bad bosses are more common than you think. Recent research from the American Psychological Association reported that 75% of American workers identify their boss as the worst and most stressful part of their job and 60% of US workers would take a new boss over a pay raise.
What inspired CVS’s rhetorical shift from saving pennies to saving lives? Again, as in the sixties, a change in the law has presented businesses with an opportunity.
While people are less likely to be affected by these thirdhand toxins than by the more widely recognized first- and secondhand smoking, Timo Hammer of the Hohemstein Institute for Textile Innovation in Germany suggested that touching contaminated surfaces and ingesting dust can still be hazardous, especially if that exposure extends over a period of time. At particular risk are children and people with compromised heart, respiratory or immune systems.
Not only are today's cigarettes different -- so are smokers. They are more likely to experience stress, worry, and depression regardless of their income...
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.
Our goals include educating the public about the health effects of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments. Ultimately, our efforts are intended to create a smokefree generation of Americans that rejects tobacco use and is savvy to tobacco industry tactics.
Social smoking hurts more than you think.
One in five Indigenous Australians die early as a result of smoking.
No Smokes is about changing that. No Smokes is an innovative anti-smoking initiative that uses videos, animations, music, games and other fun stuff to help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders quit smoking.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada (PSC) is a national health organization, founded in 1985 as a registered charity. We are a unique organization of Canadian physicians who share one goal: the reduction of tobacco-caused illness through reduced smoking and reduced exposure to second-hand smoke.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death...
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing close to half a million people each year. The American Lung Association is committed to ending the death and disease caused by tobacco use. Our tobacco control policy efforts include advocating for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight over tobacco products, coverage of tobacco cessation treatments under health insurance plans, smokefree workplace laws, increased tobacco taxes and other legislative measures and community programs that are crucial to reducing tobacco use and eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
When people are addicted, they have a compulsive need to seek out and use a substance, even when they understand the harm it can cause. Tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco -- can all be addictive. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you, and most people that do it want to quit. In fact, nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit each year. Unfortunately, most who try to quit on their own relapse -- often within a week.
There's no way around it. Smoking is bad for your health. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Cigarette smoking causes 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. It is also responsible for many other cancers and health problems. These include lung disease, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke and cataracts.
The tobacco industry uses fun flavors and tech devices to hook kids on nicotine. Why kids? A developing brain is easier to addict.