Category Archives: Smoking

If electronic cigarettes can help people quit smoking, then why is Big Tobacco investing heavily in them?

…The tobacco industry knows something that some harm reduction theorists don’t realize, and that the e-cigarette industry doesn’t care about: Electronic cigarettes can be an adjunct to smoking instead of a replacement. Continue reading

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Deadly scourge will kill three-quarters of a million AA and NA members

“…724,153 worldwide members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous – who are alive today — will die from tobacco, including 499,410 in the United States and Canada…” Continue reading

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“…Drugged driving is a highway safety threat on the level of drunk driving”

Marijuana legalization is the wrong way to go in the search for a better drug policy. We need policies that reduce drug use, not policies like legalization that increase drug use. Continue reading

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Editorial cartoonists did their duty in Australia’s tobacco war

By Jim Gogek By now, we’ve all seen the new generation of pictorial health warnings gracing tobacco packs in enlightened countries, though not yet in the United States, which is falling behind other nations in tobacco prevention. One of the … Continue reading

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Mentally ill, addicted and tobacco: Public views change slowly as clinicians start taking responsibility for smoking cessation

By Jim Gogek The new frontier in the war against tobacco is special populations, particularly people with mental disorders, including addiction. Unfortunately, an uninformed, paternalistic public view prevails about smokers with schizophrenia or alcoholism, and it goes like this: “Oh, … Continue reading

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Some bad news from California: We’re not a smoke-free state

By Jim Gogek Not too long ago, I was bragging on California in this blog because we have one of the lowest smoking rates in the country, lower than some other states by half. I said that was because California … Continue reading

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