Wichita smoking ban delay draws fire

Interesting things going on in Wichita these days which illustrate some inconsistencies in the anti-smoking movement. First, to clarify my own position, I am old enough to have experienced life when there were few smoking restrictions. I much prefer how things are now in general. I enjoy being free of the smell of stale smoke […]

Genetic components of tobacco use

Studies just published in Nature are reported here as: The study, published today in the online edition of Nature Genetics, analyzes detailed genotypic and smoking data from more than 130,000 participants. Both of the new SNPs are common, and in smokers each copy carried associates with a small increase in smoking quantity – about half […]

How bizarre for health conscious smokers to consider safer alternatives!

In a recent paper in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, called Consumer awareness and attitudes related to new potential reduced exposure tobacco product brands, Parascandola et al. write about the response to tobacco products being marketed as possibly safer products (referred to as PREPs). These would include anything from modified cigarettes to smokeless forms of tobacco. […]

Health organizations congratulate selves on sticking to quit or die approach

Today on PR Newswire Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Legacy characterized this first anniversary of the FDA Tobacco initiative as a giant step forward. In any other area of health, this would have been accompanied by some mention of lives saved or fewer […]