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

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

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

Four Nearly Painless Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

Your doctor, spouse, children, coworkers and strangers all tell you the same thing about reducing your risk for heart disease:  Lose weight, exercise, quit smoking, stop drinking and lower your cholesterol.  And there’s no sense arguing with them because you already know that doing these things would be good for your heart and overall health. … Read More