Patricia Folan, RN, DNP

Director
North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control


Recent Posts By: Patricia Folan, RN, DNP

Cigarette Advertising: Hook ‘Em Young

The tobacco industry would shrink significantly if kids stopped smoking. Today, the Great American Smokeout, is the perfect time to remember that limiting young peoples’ exposure to cigarette ads makes it less likely that they will start smoking. Big Tobacco spent $9 billion on US advertising in 2011. Most of these marketing dollars go toward… Read more »

Cigars Are No Better than Cigarettes

Toxic materials in cigars cause disease and premature death, reports the new issue of the American Association of Cancer Research Journal. The study is significant because it highlights the high concentration of poisonous and cancer-causing agents found in individuals who smoke cigars. These tobacco users may not recognize the dangers associated with cigar smoking. Cigar… Read more »

Should We Have a Tobacco-Free Military?

Do US military service members need tobacco? Many think so, and say it is built in to the “warrior culture.” Despite tobacco’s distinction as the leading cause of preventable death, disease and disability in the US, smoking and chewing it is more socially acceptable in the military than in civilian circles. In fact, nearly 30… Read more »

World No Tobacco Day: In Praise of High Taxes

The last day of May is World No Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is using its campaign to call upon governments worldwide to raise and maintain high levels of taxes on tobacco products. The price of tobacco plays a significant role in starting and maintaining a cigarette habit. Raising tobacco taxes… Read more »

Smoke-Free Laws Help Kids, Too

Smoke-free laws provide substantial health benefits for children, according to a recent study in the Lancet. Environments free of second-hand smoke are associated with a considerable decrease in premature births and a 10 percent reduction in hospitalizations for asthma in children, the Lancet analysis indicates. Multiple studies have demonstrated that smoke-free environments result in significantly… Read more »