| Jan 19, 2014
As a recovering nicotine addict, the rising tide of local bans against puffing in public on electronic cigarettes makes me wonder what lawmakers have been smoking.
By an overwhelming 45-4 vote last week, Chicago's City Council followed New York, Los...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:57 AM
People standing near someone using an e-cigarette will be exposed to nicotine, but not to other chemicals found in tobacco cigarette smoke, according to a new study.
E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, create a nicotine-rich vapor that can be...
| Dec 11, 2013
Dear Amy: My 24-year-old son has come out as "gender queer" and states that he doesn't want to identify as either male or female. He just wants to be himself.
Although he has never shown a desire to wear women's clothes before, he has recently taken...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 2:30 AM
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm 51 and was recently diagnosed with COPD. It was caught early, and I don't have many symptoms. Is there anything I can do to keep it from getting worse? What treatments are available for someone in the early stages of the disease?...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 4:53 PM
The more people stopped from smoking, the better for them, their families and the state, in money and lives saved. Given that, Connecticut should be a leader in helping people quit smoking or keeping them from beginning. Sadly — amazingly —...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 12:36 PM
Responding to the death Friday of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, many of the world’s most respected rock and country vocalists expressed their sorrow over the loss.
As these artists discussed the influence the Everlys had on their own music,...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:11 AM
Dear Pharmacist: My daughter has cervical dysplasia, and I'm wondering if the HPV vaccine will protect her from getting cancer. How can a young woman protect against this cancer? — J.D., Silver Springs, Fla.
Dear J.D.: No, it's never been proven...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:18 AM
After the coffee. Before running for sheriff of Los Angeles County.
The Skinny: I successfully renewed my driver's license, which required taking the written test again. I only got two wrong and one was about rules for smoking in a car and I quit...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:43 PM
Despite a steep drop in the number of smokers in the United States over the last three decades, researchers say that cigarettes remain a growth industry for the rest of the world because of expanding population.
In a package of studies published...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
After Dan Williamson unexpectedly landed in the hospital a year and a half ago and underwent heart surgery, his doctor told him that if he wanted to live a healthier life, he was going to have to lose weight.
So the 58-year-old chief executive of...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 6:34 AM
The air is alive with perhaps a dozen sweet scents at Kahuna Vapor in Ellicott City, customers adding to the aroma with every vaporous exhalation.
They're not smoking. They're "vaping" — using a battery-powered electronic cigarette that heats...