Month: February 2010

Smoking in the movies

Nine, the musical flop filled with Oscar winning actors smoking and singing and pretending to “Be Italian,” got a big “thumbs down” in the 15th annual Hackademy Awards, presented by Breathe California. The group fires off a few shots every…

Snuff just as addictive as cigarettes

NEW YORK – People who use smokeless tobacco, or “snuff,” are just as hooked on nicotine as cigarette smokers, if not more so, new research from Sweden shows. And those who smoke and use snuff may be especially nicotine-dependent, Dr.…

Health Care a Responsibility Too

Tom Brokaw asked during the presidential debates whether health care is a right, a privilege or a responsibility?, implying that it probably is — or at least should be — a mixture of all three. But today’s health summit appears…

Plan to put tobacco in curriculum

Lessons about tobacco should be in a range of school subjects and take in more than the physical impact of smoking, say public health advisers. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) wants to stop youngsters from starting…

Beyond health care ‘rights’

During the presidential debates, Tom Brokaw asked, “is health care a right, a privilege or a responsibility?” It was the right question, but the candidates’ ducked it. When it comes to health care reform, we correctly hear a lot about…

Are non-smokers smarter than smokers?

Young men who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or more had IQ scores 7.5 points lower than non-smokers, Dr. Mark Weiser of Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and his colleagues found. “Adolescents with poorer IQ scores might…