| Jan 19, 2014
As a recovering nicotine addict, the rising tide of local bans against puffing in public on electronic cigarettes makes me wonder what lawmakers have been smoking.
By an overwhelming 45-4 vote last week, Chicago's City Council followed New York, Los...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Source: Loyola University Medicine
A recent cigarette tax hike in Illinois is making smoking dangerous to people's physical and financial health. The additional economic pressures are compelling people to quit smoking. In fact, 70...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again.
There are health experts who back each point of view....
| Dec 22, 2013
On New Year's Eve, scrap your "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" and get real.
On Dec. 31 at the stroke of midnight, well-intentioned Americans everywhere will once again declare that this will finally be the year they achieve their New Year's...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 4:33 PM
LAS VEGAS — Sure, Anthony Cools is a hypnotist, but this slick pompadour-sporting showman won't help you quit smoking.
He drives a Lamborghini and dresses in form-fitting suits with a bow tie, skull ring and pointy-toed, black-and-white Giorgio...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: How does having sleep apnea affect my health? Are there treatments that I can try for sleep apnea other than a CPAP machine?
ANSWER: People who have sleep apnea repeatedly stop and start breathing when they sleep. There are two main...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Melissa Addis Caplan Havard, a consultant to TV series including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Law and Order: SVU" and films "The Insider," "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking" and a onetime teacher at Los Angeles Film School, died on Dec. 19 in Duarte, Calif....
| Dec 11, 2013
Dear Amy: My 24-year-old son has come out as "gender queer" and states that he doesn't want to identify as either male or female. He just wants to be himself.
Although he has never shown a desire to wear women's clothes before, he has recently taken...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Cigarette use among middle school and high school students is on the decline, but public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are concerned about other ways that tobacco and nicotine use is rising among kids.
| Sep 9, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Electronic cigarettes helped wean smokers off regular cigarettes in a clinical trial – though the quit rate was essentially the same as for nicotine patches.
The trial, conducted in New Zealand, was billed as the first head-to-head comparison of...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've been a smoker for years. I'm thinking about switching to electronic cigarettes or to a nicotine inhaler because I've heard they aren't as bad for you as regular cigarettes. Is that true?
ANSWER: Electronic cigarettes and nicotine...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 3:00 PM
President Obama has been burned again by a hot microphone, with an offhand joke that he had to quit smoking “because I’m scared of my wife,” captured during the U.N. General Assembly.
“I hope you quit smoking,” Obama told...