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Children’s health and tobacco

DemFromCT continues his public health series over at DailyKos, thus also continuing to make my early week blogging easier. This week is a brief look at this year’s flu season, already in full swing, including what is happening in pediatric deaths from flu. He follows this with another interview, this time the American Lung Association’s…

If the Osama bin Laden Foundation or the Adoph Hitler Memorial Fund offered to support your scientific research — no strings attached — would you take the money? Remember, you are hoping to do good with your work, say, investigate a new cancer drug or a model of the cardiovascular system. Pure science but with…

Is confession good for your lungs?

A reader alerted me to a poignant “confessional” from arch conservative William F. Buckley (hat tip Cathie). Buckley, the founder and long time editor (now retired) of the very conservative National Review is devoted to the Free Market, devoted as in religoius adoration. But it seems that even he has his limits:

Second hand smoke is bad for you

A week ago we defended a colleague against attacks from overzealous anti-smoking crusaders when he criticized their patently absurd claim that breathing 30 minutes of second hand smoke in a public place was equivalent heart attack risk to that of a smoker. Some interpreted this as our saying second hand smoke was not as bad…

If I am going to defend a public health heretic, I’d better get my disclaimers out on the table at the outset. The tobacco habit is among the world’s top public health threats and the purveyors of the deadly products that cause it have a lot to answer for. They belong in jail. As a…

Smoking in the US

CDC has just released current smoking prevalence data showing that about 21% of Americans smoke daily or some days on a regular basis. This number has not changed in three years, so we seem to have plateaued. Since everyone knows what a deadly habit smoking is, this is disturbing. The operative word, of course, is…

Smoking and gambling in Australia

More and more places around the world are following the US lead and banning smoking in public places. When they are proposed, we usually hear about all sorts of dire consequences on business from these bans, In the US this hasn’t happened to any significant extent and many businesses are reporting increased patronage now that…

When smoking bans in public places were first broached, some of the fiercest opposition came from bar and restaurant lobbyists who predicted it would be their ruination. In March of this year 2006 Scotland instituted a ban and the rest of the UK on July 1. What’s the verdict so far? If you read the…