tobacco 

Pediatricians Call for a Limit on Tobacco and Alcohol Ads

The AAP wants to restrict the kinds of ads your kids see. Credit: Corbis
Can just seeing pictures of, say, Joe Camel make a kid want to start smoking? Can a television shot of an ice-cold beer make a kid want to take a drink? The American Academy...
In a new policy statement, the AAP calls for a ban on tobacco advertising in all media.

Tobacco Candy Poisoning Kids, Study Shows

Smoking isn't the only way to get a nicotine fix. Credit: zombieite, Flikr
Guess what, kids? Smoking may be bad for you, but now you can get your tobacco in candy form! That's the message that seems to be coming from the tobacco companies ...

Mother of Three-Year-Old Smoker Convicted

If you've got a three-year-old child, I would think you would pretty much know where that kid is and what they're doing at all times.Kelly Marie Pocock has a different method of child-rearing. While this 24-year-old Londoner was chatting on the phone...

Smokin' in the Boys Room -- What Kids Are Smoking

Did you know that every year, the federal government funds a study to keep on top of teenage drug use? I didn't. Not that it surprises me, but, no, I didn't know that. Well, it turns out that this year's edition has some surprising numbers in it. Tee...

It's official - smoking in movies causes teens to smoke

Word on the street is that smoking in movies is causing teens to be more likely to light up themselves. In a report issued Thursday by the National Cancer Institute ads for smoking and depictions of smoking in film make teens more likely to smoke. ...

Preventing smoking

When I was a teenager, tobacco companies used to hand out free sample packs of cigarettes on the sidewalk downtown. I took one once, snuck it home, and squirreled it away until I had a chance to try them. When the time came, I simply couldn't get the...

California bans smoking in cars with kids

As of January first, it will be illegal to smoke in a car in California when a minor is present. "Protecting the health of our children is among government's highest responsibilities," said state Senator Jenny Oropeza, the bill's author. "It is clear...

Flickr flicks a kid and his cigarette

I don't think much of smoking in general and I certainly don't approve of children smoking. I imagine most people agree, at least on that last part. That's why, in the US and much of the rest of the world, the minimum age to purchase tobacco products...

Candy cigarettes lead to the real thing

According to a recent article on yahoo news, kids who "smoke" candy cigarettes are more likely to try the real thing when they outgrow their taste for the other ones. Now, I am no expert (no, really, I'm not!) and I am only one example, but I clea...

Harvard: Smoking gets you an R

The Motion Picture Association of America, the movie industry's watchdog group seems to be in a pickle right about now. You see, in order to maximize their profits, what the studios really ought to do would be to put what every one wants to see -- se...

California jumps on ban-wagon re smoking in cars

"Who is the state to tell you how you can and cannot raise your children?" That's the question Robert Best, state coordinator of the Smoker's Club Inc., a smokers' rights group, asks. Sure, if my kid comes home with anything less than an A on his rep...

University of Iowa may go smoke-free

There are a lot of factors to consider when helping your kids pick a college. Faculty, quality of education, and whether or not the people you meet there will be able to get you a cushy government job after graduation. Here's one more consideration f...

Anti-Smoking ads not so anti-

If a new study from the Oregon State University is correct, all those anti-smoking ads put out by the tobacco industry don't work so good. In fact, they may very well encourage smoking among some teens. One hundred thousand high school students were ...

Puff the magic addiction

Cigarettes are addictive. We all know that. What we didn't know is that the addiction begins the very first time a child inhales tobacco from a cigarette. As reported in the Australian news, newly published results from a five-year, Canadian study in...

All tobacco forms are harmful

Writing on Medical News Today, Christian Nordqvist reported on a study in Lancet that reported that exposure to all kinds of tobacco, such as smoking it, chewing it and bubble pipes significantly raise a person's chances of having a heart attack. The...

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