| Aug 29, 2012
| 12:48 PM
Another cigarette tax proposal is coming our way — and I'm all for it.
As a father, a clergyman and a member of the community, I wholeheartedly support the new Healthy Maryland Initiative proposal to discourage tobacco use through cigarette tax...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Gov. Martin O’Malley is looking for ways to trim his workforce – not the number of people, but their waistlines.
The administration has launched a wellness program aimed at state workers. The governor known for his statistical analysis of...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 1:49 PM
"One of these days, they'll ban outdoor smoking."
That was a rueful refrain heard a decade or so ago from smokers as they were banished from indoor public spaces and relegated to lawns and building stoops if they wanted to light up.
That was prophetic,...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 3:00 AM
At $2 per pack, Maryland has one of the highest cigarette taxes in the nation — and has reaped considerable benefits from it. With every tobacco tax increase over the last 13 years, smoking rates in the state have declined, not only among children...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Early menopause may mean a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The researchers say the risk can be twice as high, and doctors should help women avoid early menopause if possible. “If...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 10:10 AM
Cigarette consumption has gone down since 2008, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But other tobacco use has gone up.
That includes use of pipe tobacco for roll-you-own cigarettes and cigarette-like cigars, the agency...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Those looking to lose weight, quit smoking or keep tabs on a malady have a lot of choices in the smartphone app stores. Choosing one that's beneficial is more of a problem.
Science is still trying to catch up to the market for mobile health applications,...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 9:10 AM
The statistic was so attention-grabbing that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake stopped and repeated it: Nearly half of Baltimore's municipal employees and retirees have a "critical or chronic" illness
Rawlings-Blake emphasized the statistic as part of last...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 3:29 PM
Nearly half of Baltimore's municipal employees and retirees have a "critical or chronic" illness — a distinction that contributes to the high cost of providing their health insurance, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday.
"We need to...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 11:27 AM
This past summer, I stayed in a hotel (which will go nameless, but it was on the West Coast) that had smoking rooms as well as non-smoking rooms.
Our room was technically "non-smoking," but the first time we walked out into the hall, I smelled something...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 8:45 AM
People trying to quit smoking now have greater access to the state's tobacco telephone help line.
The help line - 1-800-QUIT-NOW - has counselors available all hours of the day as of Dec. 1. It will also provide counseling services to teens for the...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 9:30 AM
Contrary to Marc Kilmer's letter ("Don't enable Md.'s addiction to cigarette tax revenue," Dec. 6), Maryland's 2007 dollar-per-pack cigarette tax increase significantly reduced teen smoking and saved lives. Between 2008 when the law took effect and the...