Employers Charge “Tobacco Use” Fees, but are they Legal?

It’s bad enough that cigarettes cost upwards of $10 a pack in some cities.  Soon, your smoking habit could cost you $3,000 a year in extra health insurance premiums. If the punitive measures hold up in court. But the law — finally — might be on the smokers’ side.  Plans by CVS and other companies… Read More

Tobacco and Your Teeth: More than Stains to Worry About

Women who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes are up to seven times more likely to lose their teeth than women who do not smoke, a recent study indicates. Toxins in tobacco can lead to gum deterioration, which can lead to tooth loss.  Postmenopausal female smokers, for whom lower estrogen levels also play a factor in gum… Read More

New York City Proposes Another Anti-Smoking Law

When city mayors talk about making their cities safer, they usually mean that they plan to reduce the crime rate. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks about protecting New York residents, he doesn’t limit his rhetoric to the danger of muggers and mobsters. He aims to protect people from themselves. He has pushed — and sometimes… Read More

Current and Pending Laws Affect Your Access to Tobacco Products

A smoker’s right to smoke has steadily eroded over the past decade.   In some places, you can’t light up a traditional cigarette virtually anywhere except your own car or home. Smoking bans are one of the reasons for the increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes. But, if you smoke regular or e-cigarettes, you should be aware… Read More

Craving a Cigarette on an Overseas Flight?

Smoking is physically addicting — no one disputes that.  If you’re a smoker and don’t have access to cigarettes or permission to smoke, the depletion of nicotine in your system will trigger physical withdrawal symptoms that your brain can’t control.  But, new research points out, some of your cravings are, indeed, a state of mind…. Read More

U.S. Not on Target to Reach Smoking Cessation Goals, CDC Says

Think it’s tough to quit smoking? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention knows it is. Although most smokers now puff on fewer cigarettes each day, the percentage of Americans who smoke remains 170 percent higher than the CDC’s goal to reduce smoking to 12 percent of the population by 2020. About 1 in 5… Read More

Do You Mind if I Vape?

One way to fight for your e-cig rights:  Be polite A century or so ago, the playwright Oscar Wilde asked his friend Sarah Barnhardt, “Do you mind if I smoke?”  The actress replied, ”I don’t care if you burn.” Barnhardt’s caustic response became famous partly because it was funny, partly because both she and Wilde… Read More

Snoring Poses Greater Heart Attack Risk Than Smoking, Study Says

Most people are comforted by the prospect of having some degree of control over their lives, including their health.  If this is so, than why is it that we routinely forfeit control by say, ignoring our doctors’ continual recommendations to quit smoking or lose weight? Because it’s hard to quit smoking and hard to lose… Read More

Illogical Tobacco Bans Harm Rather than Protect the Public

Two facts about tobacco use are undisputed: 1.  Smoking tobacco kills people. 2. About 9 out of 10 people who try to quit smoking fail. Given these grim facts reported by the American Cancer Society, you’d think that government policymakers and health professionals would rally to support any and all efforts to reduce the harm… Read More

Bottom Line Benefits of Allowing Electronic Cigarettes in the Workplace

Most smokers are banned from lighting up traditional cigarettes at work.  Employees might not mind — and may even enjoy — going outside on warm, sunny days to smoke.  But no one enjoys shivering outside in sub-freezing temperatures.   Want to convince the boss to let you use smoke-free electronic cigarettes in the office year-round?  Tell… Read More

Love Math: Statistics Add Up to Dating Success

Tired of listing your Facebook status as single? Browsing online dating sites?  Using your dog as date bait?  Auditioning for The Bachelor ? If you’d like to get married in 2013 or just improve your love life this year,  here are 3 practical, mathematically sound ways to improve your odds for romance: 1.  Move You… Read More

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