Stop Selling Smokes, Senators Tell Drugstores

Pharmacies should follow the example of CVS Caremark and kick the habit of selling tobacco products, a group of Democratic senators said Feb. 10 in letters to major chain drugstores. The letter from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate health committee, and seven colleagues ratchets up the pressure on Walgreens, Rite Aid and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) to voluntarily stop selling cigarettes. CVS made the move already, saying it would forgo the profits because …

The Marlboro Man Who Became an Anti-Smoking Activist

Eric Lawson portrayed one of the most iconic characters in the history of advertising: the Marlboro Man, devised in the mid-1950s as a talisman of vigorous, healthy masculinity, even at a time of growing evidence that cigarette smoking was injurious. In real life, Lawson, who played the Marlboro Man in print ads from 1978 to 1981, ultimately paid a heavy toll for his own years of smoking. He died on Jan. 10 at age 72 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., …

If You Smoke, a Lung Scan May Save Your Life

If you are age 55 to 80 and either a current or former heavy smoker, getting an annual lung CT scan could cut your risk of death from the nation’s leading cancer killer, according to final guidelines issued this week by a federally appointed panel of experts. Lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, more than the total number of deaths from breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. Catching the cancer early by detecting it on a CT scan could …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …   1. The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ice cream uses jellyfish proteins. (Learn more at Lick Me I’m Delicious) 2. A beagle named Elvis can smell when polar bears are pregnant at the Cincinnati zoo. (Learn more at Cincinnati Zoo) 3. Customs agents in Los Angeles recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle that was stolen from a Nebraska man’s backyard nearly 46 years ago. (Learn more at Orange County Register) 4. Twenty Pound Carp, a fish with its …

Still Need a Reason to Quit Smoking? How About This?

By now, we thought, everyone knows that smoking does serious damage to your heart and lungs and multiplies your risk of developing lung cancer (23 times if you’re a man, and 13 times if you’re a woman, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Unfortunately, however, that’s not a powerful enough incentive for the 21.4 percent of Americans ages 45 to 64 and 7.9 percent of adults 65 and older who still light up, despite the health risks. …

CDC: 4 Things Could Prevent 200,000 Deaths Yearly

At least 200,000 Americans under age 75 die needlessly each year from heart disease and stroke that could have been prevented by doing four important things: quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol, controlling blood pressure and taking a daily low-dose aspirin if a doctor approves. The findings are from a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that also points out that more than half of these avoidable deaths are occurring among those under 65. “These findings are really …