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Three Cheers for a Healthier America!

Yesterday, the President signed into law a bill that will do more for our health than healthcare reform will ever do, The Tobacco Bill (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/us/politics/23obama.html?_r=1). Cigarette smoking causes over 400,000 deaths a year from cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary diseases (the lack of healthcare insurance contributes to 19,000 deaths a year). It is the number one avoidable […]

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Let’s Do Whatever It Takes To Get People to Quit Smoking

USA Today recently reported a study that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-02-11-pay-quit-smoking_N.htm) that financial incentives helped people quit smoking. Smokers were increasingly rewarded for completing a smoking cessation program, being smoke-free after 6 months, and smoke-free after 1 year. There have been countless programs which show the benefit of smoking cessation […]

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Cigarette Smoking: A Big Contributor to Rising Healthcare Costs

Have you recently traveled to Europe or Asia and noticed how many people smoke? It’s as if they haven’t read a magazine or newspaper article about the dangers of cigarette smoking always or they just didn’t care. I was also concerned about the passive smoke I was exposed to, which is just as dangerous as smoking […]

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