Month: June 2009

Quitting smoking is winning

Quitting smoking is tough. Even President Barack Obama admits he’s spent his adult life trying to kick the habit. He’s not alone. About 46 million adults in the United States smoke, according to the American Heart Association. The unsteady economy…

How do cigarettes affect my body?

Cigarette smoking is extremely harmful for your body. Not only do cigarettes lead to many forms of cancer, but there are bodily functions that are damaged from constantly smoking cigarettes as well. Killing more people than car accidents, alcohol, AIDS,…

More to do on tobacco control

The American Medical Association reaffirmed its commitment to tobacco control at its Annual Meeting in the wake of recently passed legislation supporting the organization’s long-held position that the Food and Drug Administration should regulate cigarettes and other nicotine products. But…

Prescription eliminates urge to smoke

Dr. Frances Bollinger, an internist with Hudson Headwaters Health Network, sees a familiar trend: When the price of a pack of cigarettes tracks upward, more of her patients decide they want to quit smoking. Earlier this year, the federal excise…

Danger in all forms of tobacco

Cigarettes aren’t the only killers; pipes and cigars kill, too. Pipe smoking accelerated a family predisposition and killed my husband — a pioneer physicist on the cutting edge of quarks — at the age of 46. Cigars can do the…

Cigarette ads and smoking are insidious

President Barack Obama has signed tough legislation against the cigarette makers, including how their advertising hits minors. He still smokes, but is trying to quit. The first lady probably will win that one, but, for now, he is vulnerable. I…

Titusville Area Hospital going totally tobacco-free

Beginning Wednesday, Titusville Area Hospital becomes tobacco-free across the entire campus. Merrilynn Cushman, co-chairman of the hospital’s Tobacco-free Campus Committee, explains that “over a year ago, the hospital announced plans to become tobacco-free both inside and outside the hospital effective…