Month: January 2012

Stop Smoking

A new study suggests cigarette smokers who quit after using over-the-counter medication such as nicotine patches are just as likely to relapse as smokers who go “cold turkey,” casting fresh doubt on the effectiveness of such products. The finding, from…

UC campuses shift to be smoke-free

Huddled under his black umbrella as he stood next to an ashtray on Lower Sproul Plaza last Monday, UC Berkeley senior Patrick Gellar took a long drag on his fifth cigarette of the day. Gellar started smoking in college, where…

Alajuela smokers have new reason to quit

San Rafael Hospital in Alajuela is currently offering a smoking cessation clinic for local residents. The pilot clinic has limited results, but doctors say the efforts will save lives. Diego Luis Abadia smoked 18 years. When his 3-year-old son asked…

How to Quit Smoking

We all know the risks of smoking to health, and most of us know that the habit of kicking is the biggest improvement of health smoker can do. But it does not make it easier to quit. Whether you are…

Tobacco-free solution

The University of California has proposed a plan that would permanently stifle cigarette smoke, but UC Merced students like Diana Gonzalez aren’t worried. Gonzalez, 18, supports the plan to make all UC campuses smoke- and tobacco-free. She knows from personal…

Big Tobacco led throat doctors to blow smoke

Tobacco companies conducted a carefully crafted, multi-year campaign to manipulate throat doctors into helping to calm concerns among an increasingly worried public that smoking might be harmful for their health, according to a new study by researchers at the School…

To curb smoking

Maryland officials are not doing enough to stop smoking among those harmful habits, or to prevent young people from ever starting, according to a new report, which gave the government two bad evaluations of efforts to stop smoking. On a…

Non-Smoking Week

For over three decades, the National Non-Smoking Week is designed to help Canadians make a break from smoking. This year, the Canadian Council on Tobacco Control seeks to highlight the complex relationship of Canadians, who smoke cigarettes have with them,…

Anti-smoking efforts

Seven out of 10 smokers say they want to quit smoking, and many may already be struggling to keep their decision to make 2012 a smoke-free year. If it was easy to throw in the end, chances are good that…

‘Addiction Incorporated’

Despite the ubiquitous health warnings, an estimated 46 million Americans continue to smoke, and many argue that they simply can not quit smoking. So why is it so difficult to kick a deadly habit? “Addiction Incorporated,” a new documentary by…

Prevent Teen Cigarette Smoking

Visual cues play an important role in the direction of early adolescent cigarette smoking. So much so that anti-smoking activists have fought for legislation to remove tobacco-related visual cues from cigarette packaging, television programs and movies. Ironically, the anti-smoking movement…