| Mar 7, 2014
The Department of Health is offering free vaccinations. Nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people age 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women. The clinics also have the high-dose flu shots for people 65 years of age and older. Pneumococcal...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 5:14 AM
The popularity of electronic smoking devices has prompted one Arbutus businessman to expand to Catonsville, even as two other entrepreneurs look to capitalize on the phenomenon in the area.
Two retired Baltimore City police officers, Rick Willard and...
| Jan 31, 2014
February is American Heart month. The Anne Arundel Department of Health offers kits and fact sheets about heart disease, its risk factors and prevention on the website learntolivehealthy.org.
Tobacco-free kids week
February 9 to 15, kids...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:00 AM
It's been half a century since the first U.S. surgeon general's report appeared linking smoking to lung cancer. In the decades that followed, federal and state health officials waged a vigorous public information and education campaign that convinced...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 8:00 AM
I am responding to John Starr's letter, "CVS halt of tobacco sales is a publicity stunt" (Feb 8). Like Dr. Starr, I wondered if CVS' next step would be to take all unhealthy snacks off their shelves as well. Small steps, Dr. Starr.
In 1985, there were...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:39 AM
During the last decade, local, state and federal governments have sought to make smoking inconvenient by restricting where and when people can light up. They have made it more expensive by increasing taxes — to the point that a pack of cigarettes...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 5:26 PM
Lighting up a cigarette on playgrounds, athletic fields and other areas in public parks could draw a $50 fine in Baltimore County and $500 in the city under legislation being considered in those jurisdictions.
Supporters of bans on tobacco use say...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:36 PM
When Dr. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor at Bethel AME Church, said "bless your heart" to his congregation this Sunday, he meant it literally.
It was Red Dress Sunday at the church off Druid Hill Avenue, an annual event launched in Baltimore by St....
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
As a lung cancer survivor who began smoking as a teenager because it was cool, I know the dangers of smoking first hand. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society as a recovery coach for lung and esophageal cancer patients. In addition, I work as a...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:18 AM
These groups meet regularly.
Abusive relationships — Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free child care. 410-997-0304.
Adult Children of Alcoholics — Wednesdays, 7 p....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Contrary to the rest of Maryland, lung cancer is on the rise in Harford County, the county health department said Tuesday.
According to a 2013 Cancer Data report from the Cigarette Research Fund Program of the Maryland Department of Health, lung cancer...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 6:34 AM
The air is alive with perhaps a dozen sweet scents at Kahuna Vapor in Ellicott City, customers adding to the aroma with every vaporous exhalation.
They're not smoking. They're "vaping" — using a battery-powered electronic cigarette that heats...