Posts Tagged: smoking

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 »

Enough Is Enough:
Smoking Claims Another Marlboro Man

Eric Lawson, a former Marlboro Man, has died at 72 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A smoker since a young teen, Mr. Lawson eventually spoke out about the dangers of cigarettes and their negative impact on his health. He was the fourth Marlboro Man to die of smoking-related disease. As Surgeon General… posted in: Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Health tags:


10 Years Without Secondhand Smoke

New York State enacted the Clean Indoor Air Act 10 years ago today to protect workers from secondhand smoke and help reduce smoking rates. The law bans smoking in workplaces and entertainment/leisure venues—saving nonsmokers from inhaling unwanted tobacco smoke and preventing millions of New Yorkers from developing smoking-related illness. Eliminating smoking indoors is the only… Read more »

Strokes in Young People Are Increasing

Actor Frankie Muniz’s stroke at age 26 spotlights an alarming health trend: Clinicians are seeing more young people having strokes without a clear cause. Historically, stroke was considered a problem for the elderly and increased risk was associated with pre-existing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. Young adults who had strokes often had… Read more »

4 Steps to Quit Cigarettes for a Day—Then a Lifetime

Tomorrow, people who want to stop smoking will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout. Quitting may not be easy, but it’s possible—and worth it. Steep prices aside, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the US. Smoking causes a third of all cancer deaths and… Read more »

Lung Cancer: 4 Areas of Progress and Challenge

Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer death for adults in the US. But clinicians and researchers are making inroads against the disease. Recent progress and challenges in the field include: 1. Smoking – A dramatic decline in the number of smokers directly relates to clear evidence that smoking causes lung cancer and… Read more »

No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated each year on May 31st to increase awareness about health problems caused by tobacco use. This year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “tobacco industry interference” theme highlights the tobacco industry’s efforts to thwart tobacco control policies around the world and reminds organizations and governments of their responsibility to be… Read more »

Coming to Labels Soon: What Chemicals Are in Cigarettes

Tobacco companies must display the concentration of 20 cancer- causing chemicals in cigarettes on warning labels beginning this June, according to a new requirement enacted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the agency’s latest step to make the toxicity of cigarettes more transparent. While there are more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarettes,… Read more »

Anti-Tobacco Ads Show Painful Effects of Smoking

The painful reality of illness and damage suffered by real people because of smoking is the focus of a new anti-tobacco ad campaign. Launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ads show the toll of illnesses caused by smoking and secondhand smoke. The “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign features ex-smokers with tobacco-related… Read more »