C. Everett Koop, “rock star” surgeon general and smoke-free advocate, dies

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called for a smoke-free society and spawned public policy change through his landmark report on secondhand smoke.   R.I.P.

C. Everett Koop, “rock star” surgeon general dies

Banning smoking in restaurants and bars has led to better food, more families eating out and a boost to business

Rather than hurt business, laws prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars have led to healthier, tastier culinary outings for the whole family.  Thanks to the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2003, this has been true in New York for almost 10 years.

Gone is the smoke, replaced by the kids

Scotland’s ban on tobacco displays takes effect in April

As of April 29, open displays of tobacco in large shops will be prohibited in Scotland.   Smaller retailers will be given more time to implement the ban.  Reason behind legislation:  To prevent youth from taking up smoking.

Date set for tobacco display and vending machine bans in Scotland

E-cig ad: Don’t miss your kid’s first “Gangnam Style” step while you’re out killing yourself with a smoke

Right out of the tobacco industry playbook, electronic cigarette company uses a cute baby to sell its product in the U.K.

Baby perfects Gangnam Style Moves in Ad for Electronic Cigarettes

Baby cigarette ad

Health groups urge Cuomo to back off cutting effective tobacco control programs


Anti-smoking groups assail budget


Tenants want to breathe smoke-free air in their own homes

Smoke-free policies in apartments have increased 1300% in last 6 years. Why? Tenants want to live in healthier home environment.

Landlords make effort to protect tenants from secondhand smoke



Study finds graphic warning labels effective at reaching those most burdened by tobacco use

This explains the tobacco industry’s opposition to FDA-approved warning labels.

Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes Effective Across Demographic Groups


“Women who smoke like men die like men”: new study finds death rates among female smokers converging with those of men.

Two new studies demonstrate both that smoking remains an enormous public health problem in the U.S. and the huge health benefits of reducing tobacco use.
New England Journal of Medicine Studies Find Huge Health Benefits to Quitting Smoking

Rolling the Dice on Tobacco Use Infographic

Financial neglect and deceit stacks the deck against our kids and gambles with their lives.  State of Tobacco Control 2013 – Infographic: Rolling the Dice on Tobacco Use.

Pharmacy tobacco sales banned in Cape Cod town – when will it happen in New York?

Massachusettes now has about 50 municipalities with tobacco-free pharmacies.  Which town or city in New York will be the first to get tobacco out of all health care institutions?  Pharmacy tobacco sales banned in Barnstable | CapeCodOnline.com.