Tag: Tobacco dependence

Should we pay people to stop smoking?

Last month, President Obama proposed cutting almost $72 billion from Medicaid, the program that provides health care to America’s poor. Such deep reductions are necessary, he declared, to bring down our staggering national debt. But what if there were a…

Stubbing out Egypt’s cigarettes

There’s a story on the BBC about Alexandria becoming the first city in Egypt to ban smoking, always a complicated topic and one that can only be more so in a country where the public consumption of shisha drives business…

Smoking linked to back pain

Smokers, especially younger smokers, are more likely to report low back pain than people who have never smoked. To know if smoking increases the risk of low back pain, a problem that affects an estimated 8 in 10 adults during…

Smoking Bans Mean Fewer Heart Hospitalizations

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) brings long-awaited evidence that smoke-free laws do, indeed, benefit the heart health of Americans, and further motivates the American Heart Association to continue pressing local officials to enact smoke-free policies. “The…