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Working After Eight Months of Pregnancy is as Harmful as Smoking a Study Reports

Working After Eight Months of Pregnancy is as Harmful as Smoking a Study Reports

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A new study reports working after eight months of pregnancy is as harmful as smoking, according to The Guardian.Supposedly babies born to women who work after eight months pregnant are 0.5 lb lighter than those women who …

Physical Inactivity as Damagaing to Health as Smoking

Physical Inactivity as Damagaing to Health as Smoking

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Physical inactivity has a negative global impact so severe that its adverse effects on health are comparable to that of smoking or obesity, according to a new study.What’s more, the researchers say the problem of i…

Study: Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Averages Around 10 Pounds

Study: Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Averages Around 10 Pounds

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As more people quit smoking cigarettes to protect their health, many face a new battle: weight gain.  A new study in the journal BMJ shows that quitters gain more weight than anyone previously thought.The r…

Is Big Tobacco in US Targeting Youth in Indonesia?

Is Big Tobacco in US Targeting Youth in Indonesia?

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — Indonesia is home to the chubby YouTube superstar known as the “smoking baby,” whose chain-smoking antics have racked up over 17.5 million views. But while many may be tempted to write this off as…

Smoking in Movies, Even PG-13 Films, Ups Teen Smoking Risk

Smoking in Movies, Even PG-13 Films, Ups Teen Smoking Risk

Hemera/Thinkstock(HANOVER, N.H.) — Teens who watch movies in which smoking is common, regardless of whether the film is rated PG-13 or R, are more likely to pick up the habit, a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics finds.After surveyin…

Do "Weeds" Stars Dig Weed?

Do "Weeds" Stars Dig Weed?

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — The Showtime hit Weeds is going up in smoke. The series premiere this Sunday, July 1, will mark the show’s eighth and final season.“Weeds” had its dramedy debut in 2005, helping to boost the careers …

Smoking Hotlines Can Flag Problem Drinking

Smoking Hotlines Can Flag Problem Drinking

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Hotlines to help people quit smoking could also flag problem drinking, a new study found.Yale researchers used surveys to probe alcohol use among 88,479 callers to the New York State Smoker’s Quitline and…

President Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’

President Obama and His Pot-Smoking ‘Choom Gang’

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama never tried to say he didn’t inhale.In his 1995 memoir “Dreams of My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eat…

1 in 5 White Women Have Smoked While Pregnant

1 in 5 White Women Have Smoked While Pregnant

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One in five white women have smoked cigarettes while pregnant, according to a new government study released Thursday.The report, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, show…

Government Reiterates Warning on Drinking, Smoking While Pregnant

Government Reiterates Warning on Drinking, Smoking While Pregnant

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — We’ve all heard the warnings: Don’t smoke or drink alcohol while pregnant.  Yet, more than one in five pregnant white women smoke cigarettes, according to a new report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Se…

Madonna ‘Not Happy’ About Daughter Smoking

Madonna ‘Not Happy’ About Daughter Smoking

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Madonna may be totally in control of her career, but she doesn’t have that same control over her teenage daughter.  Last month, a picture of 15-year-old Lourdes smoking a cigarette popped up in the p…

Can Social Media Get More Pot Users to Admit They’re Lighting Up?

Can Social Media Get More Pot Users to Admit They’re Lighting Up?

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCSICO) — The number of young adults who smoke both tobacco and marijuana may actually be higher than some recent surveys have suggested, according to a new study.Researchers from the University of California, San …

Texas City Weighs Hiring Ban on Smokers

Texas City Weighs Hiring Ban on Smokers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — In times past, discriminatory employers posted signs saying: “Irish [or fill in the blank] Need Not Apply.” Now the city of Ft. Worth is considering saying that same thing to smokers.Though 29 states have…

CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

CDC Launches Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In A Tip From a Former Smoker, Terrie, a frail, bald and toothless 51-year-old woman explains to viewers in her achingly raspy voice how she gets ready for her day. We see her putting in false teeth, adjusting h…

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

Surgeon General: 1 in 4 High School Seniors Smokes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Despite decades of anti-smoking education, one in four U.S. high school seniors still smokes. And three in four high school smokers continue to smoke as adults, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon Gener…

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

Man Suffers Severe Injuries After E-Cigarette Explodes in His Mouth

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NICEVILLE, Fla.) — A Florida man is recovering at a local burn center after suffering severe injuries from an electric cigarette that exploded in his mouth.Tom Holloway, 57, of Niceville, Fla., was smoking the e-cigarette Monday…

Pot Smoking Raises Risk of Fatal Car Crashes

Pot Smoking Raises Risk of Fatal Car Crashes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Driving after smoking pot can double a person’s risk of being in a serious or fatal car crash, according to a review of studies published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.While it may seem like the revie…

Smoking Slows Memory, Reasoning in Middle-Aged Men: Study

Smoking Slows Memory, Reasoning in Middle-Aged Men: Study

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) — New evidence suggests that smoking isn’t only bad for the body, but can also take a toll on the mind. A study published Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry linked smoking to faster, more dramatic age-related m…

Heartburn Medication Raises Women’s Hip Fracture Risk

Heartburn Medication Raises Women’s Hip Fracture Risk

File photo. Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — New findings add to mounting evidence that long-term use of a certain type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors could raise the risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal women, especially for tho…

Marijuana Smoke Not As Damaging As Tobacco, Says Study

Marijuana Smoke Not As Damaging As Tobacco, Says Study

Hemera/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — Occasionally puffing the magic dragon does not appear to have long-term adverse effects on lung function, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.Researchers from the…

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