Trying to quit smoking just got a little easier

Tweet ‘It’s easy to quit smoking – I’ve done it hundreds of times.” This oft-quoted bit of wit, attributed to Mark Twain, gets right to the heart of the matter: Deciding to kick the habit is a breeze, but sticking with the decision is an entirely different story. Most who actually manage to end up as former smokers do so only after several failed attempts. These days, though, there are ways to ease the burden. Nicotine-replacement produ ... Jump to full article >>

Majority now say pot smoking should be legal

Tweet A majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana use — the first time public support has crossed the 50 percent threshold, according to new polling from the Pew Research Center. Pew found that 52 percent of Americans said marijuana use should be legal, compared to just 45 percent who said it should be illegal. The level of support has jumped 11 percentage points in the last three years. Support is even higher among younger Americ ... Jump to full article >>

Panel to Consider Bill Banning Smoking in Casinos

Tweet DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State senators will discuss legislation that would ban smoking in Iowa casinos. A Senate subcommittee was scheduled to discuss the proposal Tuesday. Casinos were exempted from Iowa’s Smokefree Air Act when it passed in 2008. Democratic Sen. Jack Hatch, who has supported efforts to expand the ban, says it would be a public health benefit. But he questioned whether the bill would have much support in the Le ... Jump to full article >>

Local lawmaker introduces smoking bill

Tweet RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Smoking while driving with a child in the car could be a thing of the past in Virginia. State Senator Ralph Northam (D-VA), who represents parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, has introduced a new bill in Congress that would subject anyone who smokes in a car with a child inside of it to a $100 fine. A similar bill died in the House last week and most think this bill could suffer the same fate. Pediatricians a ... Jump to full article >>

Is smoking in public still illegal?

Tweet IN February 2004, Uganda banned smoking in public places. This followed the December 2002 High Court declaration that smoking in public places was a violation of non-smokers’ constitutional rights to life and to a clean and healthy environment. The perpetuators were to pay a fine of sh20,000 and hotel owners, who allowed customers to smoke on their premises, would pay sh300,000. However, 10 years down the road what do we see? In places l ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking may take years off lives of HIV patients

Tweet HIV treatments are so effective today that people who are diagnosed and treated early can expect a near-normal lifespan. A new study however finds that won’t be the case if the patient is a smoker. The study, published Dec. 19 in Clinical Infectious Diseases, suggests programs to encourage patients to quit smoking should be integrated in HIV care, according to its authors. “Our findings emphasize the importance of counseling HIV ... Jump to full article >>

U.S. teen smoking declines: study

Tweet An annual survey of about 45,000 students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades found that the overall proportion of those saying they had smoked in the prior 30 days fell by just over a percentage point to 10.6 percent. “A one percentage point decline may not sound like a lot, but it represents about a 9 percent reduction in a single year in the number of teens currently smoking,” Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator in the ... Jump to full article >>

New smoke-free ban clears the air statewide

Tweet Tomorrow will be a monumental day as North Dakota’s new smoke-free law takes effect, after two-thirds of North Dakotans voted in the general election Nov. 6 in support, making all public places smoke free. The law, initiated by an independent grassroots organization — Smoke-Free North Dakota — now protects people from exposure to secondhand smoke in all enclosed public places and places of employment, including restaurants, ba ... Jump to full article >>

Environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy may harm child’s health

Tweet It is a known fact that active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects on child health, such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, new research suggests that second hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), may be just as harmful. In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing examined data from 646 mother-child pairs in China, wher ... Jump to full article >>

Kristen Stewart quits smoking for Robert Pattinson

Tweet Kristen Stewart has reportedly stubbed out her cigarettes for good in a bid to please her beau Robert Pattinson. The reunited pair are said to be trying to get healthy together and after the British actor cut out the cigarettes, his Twilight co-star has apparently followed his lead. An insider told Perez Hilton that the Kristen wants to support her boyfriend and so is quitting smoking too. “Kristen and Rob used to smoke cigarettes togeth ... Jump to full article >>