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