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Starbucks to Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet of Cafes

Starbucks to Ban Smoking Within 25 Feet of Cafes

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Starting on Saturday, smoking will be banned with 25 feet of any company-owned Starbucks cafes in the United States and Canada.In order to create a more healthy and comfortable environment, the chainis a…

Major Study Gives Smokers New Reasons to Quit

Major Study Gives Smokers New Reasons to Quit

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Quit smoking early on in life and you’ll have more life later on, reveals a new study from the Center for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.However, Dr. Prabhat Jha, a director at the ce…

Many Smokers Will Have a Hard Time Lighting Up on New Year’s Day

Many Smokers Will Have a Hard Time Lighting Up on New Year’s Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The new year is bringing in a new set of restrictions for smokers.Starting on Jan. 1, a number of towns and workplaces across the country are enacting new rules that will make it harder for people to find a spot to l…

St. Paul, Minn., Cracks Down on Candy Cigarettes

St. Paul, Minn., Cracks Down on Candy Cigarettes

Courtesy Tobi Lynden(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A mom-and-pop candy shop in St. Paul, Minn., got a Prohibition-style visit from authorities who threw the book at the owners for selling cigarettes and cigars to children, even though they were made only of bubb…

Madonna Threatens to Cancel Concert If Fans Smoke

Madonna Threatens to Cancel Concert If Fans Smoke

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — You don’t want to light up around Madonna.The singer scolded her fans for smoking cigarettes during her sound check at a concert in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, and threatened to cancel the show if they didn&…

Task Force Recommends Anti-Smoking Counseling for Kids

Task Force Recommends Anti-Smoking Counseling for Kids

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Are programs that aim to keep kids from smoking doing the trick? One group says — sort of. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has given current programs like doctor counseling a “B” in how well they prevent…

Girls Who Smoke at Increased Risk of Osteoporosis?

Girls Who Smoke at Increased Risk of Osteoporosis?

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — If you’re a female, and a teenager, and you smoke — you could be setting yourself up for problems that already affect women disproportionately, according to a new study. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes …

Report: Raising Cigarette Tax Could Deter Smoking

Report: Raising Cigarette Tax Could Deter Smoking

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new report by the Congressional Budget Office, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, says raising cigarette taxes by just 50 cents could save lives. The report estimates that if the tax is implemen…

Report: Raising Cigarette Tax Could Deter Smoking

Report: Raising Cigarette Tax Could Deter Smoking

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new report by the Congressional Budget Office, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, says raising cigarette taxes by just 50 cents could save lives. The report estimates that if the tax is implemen…

Study Shows Women Can Extend Life Up to 10 Years by Quitting Smoking

Study Shows Women Can Extend Life Up to 10 Years by Quitting Smoking

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Stop smoking now. That’s the take-away from a new study of over a million women conducted over a five-year period.  The study finds that those who give up smoking can extend their life by ten years.  E…

Russian Prime Minister Declares War on Smoking

Russian Prime Minister Declares War on Smoking

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Russian government has supported a bill that would immediately ban smoking in playgrounds, schools and universities, and prohibit smoking in restaurants and cafés by 2015. The bill is expected to be co…

Cigarette Tax Hike Leads to Historic Drop in Smoking

Cigarette Tax Hike Leads to Historic Drop in Smoking

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal tobacco tax hike signed by President Obama just days after he took office in 2009 has resulted in a historic drop in cigarette smokers, according to new analysis by USA Today.The newspaper, citing surv…

Cigarette Tax Hike Leads to Historic Drop in Smoking

Cigarette Tax Hike Leads to Historic Drop in Smoking

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal tobacco tax hike signed by President Obama just days after he took office in 2009 has resulted in a historic drop in cigarette smokers, according to new analysis by USA Today.The newspaper, citing surv…

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

iSrtockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Young men who use marijuana have a higher risk of testicular cancer, a new study found. The study of 455 Californian men found those who had smoked pot were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with testicular …

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

iSrtockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Young men who use marijuana have a higher risk of testicular cancer, a new study found. The study of 455 Californian men found those who had smoked pot were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with testicular …

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

Marijuana Use Tied to Testicular Cancer Risk

iSrtockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Young men who use marijuana have a higher risk of testicular cancer, a new study found. The study of 455 Californian men found those who had smoked pot were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with testicular …

Twin Study Shows Moisturizing, Breast Feeding Stall Breast Aging

Twin Study Shows Moisturizing, Breast Feeding Stall Breast Aging

James Woodson/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Breast feeding, daily moisturizing and hormone replacement therapy can make a woman’s breasts appear more beautiful, but smoking, drinking alcohol and having multiple pregnancies can take an aestheti…

When Is the Best Day to Have Sex, Go Shopping?

When Is the Best Day to Have Sex, Go Shopping?

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Everybody loves the weekend, but Britain’s The Sun newspaper has compiled a number of surveys that show the other days of the week are better for certain activities, such as shopping and sex:Thursday is the best day…

Kids’ Coughs a Casualty of Parental Smoking

Kids’ Coughs a Casualty of Parental Smoking

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Parents who smoke could be killing their child’s cough reflex — a natural defense against potentially unhealthy particles that enter the airway — new research suggests.While the natural inclination may be to a…

US Judo Fighter Expelled After Testing Positive for Marijuana

US Judo Fighter Expelled After Testing Positive for Marijuana

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — American judo fighter Nicholas Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics today for failing a drug test, which he said was caused by mistakenly eating something that had been baked with pot. “My positive test was…

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