Nov 25, 2013 — Everybody knows that you're not supposed to smoke while you're pregnant because it's bad for the baby. But nicotine patches often used to help women quit may pose a risk, too, researchers say. Other forms of nicotine replacement may do less harm.
Aug 26, 2013 — Having doctors talk to children and parents about the harms of smoking does help keep school-age children and teens from using tobacco. Even sending a brochure or other materials to a child's home can help.
Aug 22, 2013 — Doctors often tell patients to stop smoking before surgery, but precious few help out with that. A hospital in Canada found that just offering a few simple kinds of help was enough to get more people to quit before going under the knife.
Aug 6, 2013 — Once the smoke cleared in the casinos of Gilpin County, Colo., after an indoor smoking ban took effect, health researchers documented a sharp drop in the number of emergencies requiring ambulances.
Jul 19, 2013 — Smoking and drinking go together like, well, smoking and drinking. A study with rats sheds light on the brain chemistry behind why smokers seem to be more likely to drink, and sometimes to drink to excess.
Jul 16, 2013 — The federal health law allows new individual and small group insurance plans to charge smokers up to 50 percent higher premiums in 2014. Will the higher rates persuade smokers to give up the habit?
Jun 4, 2013 — A worker's smoke breaks cost an employer even more than the increased costs of health care. Some employers charge higher health insurance premiums to employees who smoke or refuse to hire them altogether.
May 31, 2013 — The coffee chain says it will enforce its no-smoking rule at its outdoor seating areas and within 25 feet of store entrances. So, no coffee and a smoke for those who enjoy them together. Have smoking bans gone too far or not far enough?
Apr 30, 2013 — The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan sold through the new exchanges. But a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.
Apr 29, 2013 — Psychologists have long known that children often model their behavior on the actions of parents or peers. But science has only recently begun to measure the influence of siblings. An older brother's or sister's behavior can be very contagious, it turns out — for good and for bad.