The Right Way to Bum a Smoke Off a Stranger

Smokers: Gird your stash. Cigarette bumming by complete strangers is reportedly at an all-time high, plus it achieves peak frequency during the holidays with increased imbibing at parties and get-togethers. A note to bummers: Just because you're a terrible, fraudulent mooch doesn't mean you can't also show a little… » 12/08/14 12:10pm 12/08/14 12:10pm

Cigarette Maker to Ban Most Workplace Smoking in Its Offices

If you snagged a job at Reynolds American Inc. thinking the manufacturer of Camel cigarettes would be totally cool with you smoking at your desk or basically anywhere in the company's offices, I have some super bad news for you. » 10/23/14 12:40pm 10/23/14 12:40pm

CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes Because It's the Right Thing to Do

In a statement posted on their website Wednesday, CVS/pharmacy announced that come October 1st they will no longer sell cigarettes or tobacco products at any of their almost 8,000 stores across the country. The company says they made this call because it was "the right thing to do." » 2/05/14 10:00am 2/05/14 10:00am

Cigarette Ads Were Once Based on Women Being "Better" Than Men

Times really were different in the '60s and '70s. Not only was it still cool to smoke back then, but it was also cool to pin your cigarette ad campaign on women's lib. » 1/30/14 5:40pm 1/30/14 5:40pm

Woman Featured in CDC's Anti-Smoking Ads Dies of Cancer

Terrie Hall, the North Carolina woman who stars in the CDC's incredibly effective anti-smoking commercials, lost her battle with cancer on Monday. » 9/17/13 11:40am 9/17/13 11:40am

The CDC'S Scary-Ass Anti-Smoking Commercials Are Working

The CDC's graphic television spots —featuring personal stories from people dealing with the horrifying physical consequences of smoking cigarettes — have effectively freaked people out enough to make them quit. » 9/10/13 1:20pm 9/10/13 1:20pm

Nope, Sorry, You Can't Smoke Anywhere

Smoking occasionally causes cancer in those who choose to do it and metastatic sanctimony in those who choose not to. To prevent both of these tragic social diseases, governments have jacked up the price of a pack and made it all but impossible to smoke indoors. Now, they're going after outdoor spaces, too, and soon… » 8/08/13 7:00pm 8/08/13 7:00pm

So, You’re That One Friend Who's Still Trying To Quit Smoking. Me Too.

The amazing thing about nicotine addiction: It's an addiction! Like, you feel like you can't stop no matter how much you want to! The second amazing thing about nicotine addiction: People who have never been addicted to cigarettes (or smoked significantly less than you before they quit) cannot fundamentally understand… » 6/08/13 2:00pm 6/08/13 2:00pm

Unemployment Can Be Deadly for Uneducated White Women

Previous studies have established a steep decline in the life expectancy of white women without a high school diploma. New research indicates that along with smoking, being unemployed is "strongly associated with higher death rates." » 5/30/13 11:10am 5/30/13 11:10am

Bilbo Baggins, William H. Seward Contribute to Rising Rates of Onscreen…

According to a new report by the Legacy of Health, movies are making smoking look cool again, especially to kids' malleable little play-doh brains. The list of movies with high levels of smoking includes The Hobbit, Lincoln, Taken 2, Skyfall, and Men in Black 3. » 4/10/13 2:25pm 4/10/13 2:25pm

102-Year-Old Woman Quits Smoking (But Not for Her Health)

Happy Birthday to Clara Cowell, a 102-year-old English woman that the Surgeon General probably doesn't want you to hear about. You see, Cowell has been smoking for about 82 of those years, and she's in damn good health. » 2/18/13 9:30am 2/18/13 9:30am

Smoking Really Does Make Your Hangover Worse

Science has finally proven what we've all known to be true through our own anecdotal evidence: smoking cigarettes during a night of drinking will take your hangover from "my head hurts" to "somebody kill me." Researchers at Brown University have found "at the same number of drinks, people who smoke more likely to have… » 12/05/12 11:10am 12/05/12 11:10am

But Seriously, Quit Smoking Before You're 30 So You Can Live a Decade…

Hardly revelatory news that cigarettes are bad for you, but UK researchers have found new data after completing their One Million Women Study, published in The Lancet: quit before you're 30, or even 40, and you'll tack another 10 years onto your life. 1.2 million women aged 50 to 69 participated in the study, which… » 10/27/12 12:30pm 10/27/12 12:30pm

Generic Packaging Could Lower the Rates of Teen Smoking

Teen obesity is the panic du jour, but, as Tina Rosenberg reports for the New York Times, "it may be even more important to attack teenage smoking than obesity." The problem is that the health hazard messages and PSAs made for adults just don't reach kids. » 8/01/12 11:50am 8/01/12 11:50am

More Teens Party for the First Time in June and July

Teenagers are more likely to smoke weed and cigarettes and drink alcohol for the first time in June and July, according to a new federal study. Around 5,000 teens aged 13-17 start lighting up cigarettes and 4,500 try pot each day for the first time during those months, as opposed to 3,000 to 4,000 a day during the… » 7/05/12 1:35pm 7/05/12 1:35pm

A New Way to Feed Your Jean Dujardin Addiction

Just when you thought his charms couldn't get anymore dangerous, Jean Dujardin introduces you to a new brand of cigarettes—and suddenly you're hooked. » 3/07/12 9:05pm 3/07/12 9:05pm

Court Rules FDA Can't Shame Smokers With Gross Cigarette Labels

The government has already jacked up taxes on cigarettes and forced smokers into the cold, but yesterday it lost a battle in its ongoing effort to scare and annoy smokers into quitting rather than just banning cigarettes. The FDA's plan to cover half of every cigarette label with disgusting images of rotten teeth and… » 11/08/11 12:00pm 11/08/11 12:00pm

The Smoking Babies Of Indonesia

It's been some time since the Smoking Baby went viral, and ABC's 20/20 thought it time to check up on him. Last we heard, he was down to a mere pack or two of cigarettes per day, which seemed like enough of an improvement — until ABC discovered that there's not just one Smoking Baby in that neck of the woods. » 9/12/11 3:00pm 9/12/11 3:00pm

Scientists Determined To Ruin Your Morning Cigarette

You're probably aware that starting the day by rolling out of bed and having a cigarette isn't good for you, but Penn State researchers say it may be even worse than you think. A study of 7,610 smokers found that smoking in the first 30 minutes after waking nearly doubles the risk of developing lung cancer. Another… » 8/09/11 10:10am 8/09/11 10:10am