As of October 1, 2008, San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to ban the sale of tobacco products at most pharmacies. (The law bans the sale of all tobacco products at pharmacies in the city, but big-box stores like Costco and supermarkets like Safeway will still be allowed to sell tobacco.) Nearby Marin County officials... Read more
The majority of Americans say the fact that a person smokes or is significantly overweight does not affect their opinion of that person, although 40% say they have a more negative opinion of smokers, and 29% have a more negative opinion of someone who is significantly overweight.The impact of a person's habits or external appearance on his or her... Read more
Bill Gates and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg are to be congratulated on joining forces in funding such comprehensive tobacco control efforts in areas of the world with the largest percentage of smokers. Even though most research on smoke-free policies has been conducted in more affluent countries that have already implemented tobacco control... Read more
A very common question from people trying to quit smoking is: “Will smoking marijuana help or hurt as I try to quit smoking cigarettes?” Whether marijuana will relieve side effects or withdrawal symptoms is dubious. But the risks of using any tobacco product and of smoking pot are unmistakable.
Marijuana has been... Read more
Until two years ago, only two classes of smoking cessation drugs were available: nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) with multiple delivery methods (gum, patch, inhaler, spray, lozenge) and the mild antidepressant bupropion. All approximately double the rate of cessation when compared to placebo. Chantix (Varenicline) is the first new agent for... Read more