Why Pediatricians May Be Best Equipped to Help Smokers Quit

Tweet About one out of every four parents with small children responds to interventions to help them quit smoking, which is slightly better than the one in five parents who would quit without any special help, according to a new study. Researchers say the results should encourage pediatricians to take advantage of their frequent encounters with parents, and try to get them to start a smoking cessation program. “Because (pediatricians) can m ... Jump to full article >>

How To Find Help When Quitting

Tweet Falling off the wagon when trying to quit smoking may not be bad after all. If you’re resolving to quit smoking, doctors say you’re more likely to succeed if you accept the fact that you are likely to fail. “It’s really important not to just quit on New Year’s. If you try it New Years, and by January 7th, you’re smoking again, just try again,” said Dr. Cheryl Healton, a former smoker who is the pres ... Jump to full article >>

Illinois sees drop in smoking; tobacco settlement money used for other needs

Tweet PEORIA — Tamerra Henderson-Hightower is almost Richard Pryor-esque when she talks about the painful pockets of her life. She pulls laughter out of the darkest spaces. It’s not necessarily when she talks about the years of child abuse by her father, the years of drug addiction after an uncle introduced her to cocaine, even more years – nine times in and out of treatment – trying to kick the habit. “Don’t get m ... Jump to full article >>

Mom gives up smoking for her baby’s health

Tweet The Delta County Health Department has recognized MacKenzy Wells as the most recent graduate of the Baby and Me Tobacco Free program. Smoking increases the risk of low birth weights, and, because the habit can be kicked, pregnant women are referred to the program which includes cessation counseling, support and CO monitoring. If, after random saliva tests, a mother tests tobacco free, she receives a $25 a month voucher for diapers for up to ... Jump to full article >>

Concord bans smoking, tobacco in parks

Tweet CONCORD, NC — Cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris is gone and now smoking is on its way out, too, as Concord City Council bans smoking and the use of tobacco products from city parks. Concord City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to ban smoking and tobacco use from the city’s parks to encourage healthier choices for residents and to reduce the effect of secondhand smoke on the children and adults who use the parks. Council members Dr. H ... Jump to full article >>

Campaigners cheers tax hike on tobacco

Tweet BHUBANESWAR: The decision of the State Government to raise value added tax on cigarettes, bidis and every other form of tobacco products has got the thumbs up from the anti-tobacco campaigners and the medical fraternity. �The move would go a long way in not only saving a large number of lives but also effect reduction in Government spending on treating tobacco-related diseases, they have asserted. �The State Government has increased VAT ... Jump to full article >>