Patricia Folan, RN, DNP

Director
North Shore-LIJ Center for Tobacco Control


Recent Posts By: Patricia Folan, RN, DNP

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 »

Re-Resolution: Stop Smoking Again

If your “stop smoking” New Year’s resolution already seems like a distant memory, don’t give up. Most smoking-cessation studies conclude that motivation, not a date on the calendar, is the most important factor in predicting whether or not a smoker will quit for keeps. Concerns about the cost to your current or future health, the… posted in: Addiction, Lung Cancer, Wellnesstags:


Anti-Smoking Campaign Targets At-Risk Youth

Almost all smokers get addicted to cigarettes very young, according to The Health Consequences of Smoking, published last month by the US Surgeon General. Nearly 90 percent of smokers start before 18 and 98 percent by 26; three-quarters of all teen smokers become adult smokers. If current trends in smoking and smoking initiation stay the… Read more »