Feb 23, 2014 — Sometimes a fake cigarette is real. Commentator Alva NoŽ on why the debate over banning electronic cigarettes turns more on the use of symbols than it does on the facts.
Feb 17, 2014 — Electronic cigarettes are often billed as safe and helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit. But the CDC says 1 in 5 young teens who try an e-cigarette have never smoked tobacco. And between 2011 and 2012, the devices doubled in popularity among middle-school and high-school students.
Feb 5, 2014 — The drugstore chain says halting the sale of tobacco products could reduce revenue by $2 billion a year. CVS says it's looking for ways to make up for the lost business. But the value of the good public relations from the move could easily surpass the costs.
Feb 4, 2014 — Cigarette smoking costs you a lot more than money, a graphic new ad campaign warns teenagers. It's the Food and Drug Administration's first foray into slick messaging aimed at keeping teens from taking up cigarettes. Most long-term smokers started as teens.
Jan 17, 2014 — Cigarettes can cause erectile dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. The surgeon general's latest report says these newly recognized harms aren't limited to smokers. Secondhand smoke carries the risks to others and raises the risk of stroke by up to 30 percent.
Jan 8, 2014 — While the proportion of the world's population that smokes has shrunk, the total number of smokers on the earth continues to rise. In 2012, nearly a billion people smoked daily, compared with 721 million in 1980.
Jan 7, 2014 — Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.
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.