The FDA’s Smart New Graphic Cigarette Labels Can a new regulation be something to celebrate? If it stands to save lives, absolutely. Here’s one that does: the Food and Drug Administration’s new proposal requiring warnings, including graphic images, on cigarette … Continue reading The power of labels
The cigarette smoker as two-self economic man In a landmark report released in May 1988, the Surgeon General of the United States concluded that the nicotine in cigarette smoke was an addictive drug. The report described cigarette smoking as a … Continue reading Are you rationally addicted?
Does prescriptions work better than proscriptions? As in many other countries around the world Denmark a few years ago (2007) banned indoor smoking from workplaces, restaurants and other contexts potentially exposing others to second hand smoking. While the law has … Continue reading Not-to-do is not what-to-do
Research Group Funded by Coca-Cola to Disband A group called the Global Energy Balance Network, led by scientists and created by Coca-Cola, announced this week that it was shutting down after months of pressure from public health authorities who said … Continue reading Is Coke’s health policy trasparent?
Smoking – the toughest habit can be broken We’re non-smokers, but we empathize with those who want to quit after years of smoking. It’s not easy. People try lots of things to quit smoking – nicotine patches, cold turkey, replacing … Continue reading How to quit smoking and donate to charity
Beijing Bans Public Smoking, but Enforcement Poses a Challenge The loudspeakers in the pricey Temple bar erupted at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday with an announcement that set off either joy or despair, depending on the customer: Patrons had 10 more … Continue reading How to enforce a ban
Paying people to quit smoking It’s one of those things that I think we consider too rarely: paying patients to be healthier. After all, we have no problem penalizing them for being unhealthy (ie wellness programs). But the latter is … Continue reading Experiments on smoking cessation