IU health experts welcome new FDA rules for e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that e-cigarettes will be subjected to rules and regulations previously imposed on tobacco cigarettes, including a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors. That is welcome news to some Indiana University health experts who cite the lack of research on the long-term effects of e-cigarettes and concerns about the […]

Quitting smoking is ‘the number one best decision an individual could ever make in their life’

Now that the holidays are over, many people will start the New Year looking to make a change. For some, that change might be to eat healthier or exercise more. Others will look to be less stressed or to spend more time with family. But the new year can also be a time to make […]

Health law expert: U.S. Supreme Court curbing FDA health efforts

A health law expert at Indiana University says the U.S. Supreme Court has “narrowed governmental power to preserve the public’s health,” while it broadens corporate freedom to advertise. “As a result, government today is much more susceptible to challenge when it tries to regulate the promotional activities of the tobacco or pharmaceutical industry,” David J. […]

C. Everett Koop: Science was his prescription for chaos — and Phyllis Schlafly

When I think of U.S. Surgeon Generals, only two people come immediately to mind – CNN doc Sanjay Gupta, who was President Barack Obama’s pick for the job in 2009 but declined, and C. Everett Koop, who passed away this week at the age of 96. Koop was Surgeon General during the 1980s yet somehow […]

In the news again: second-hand smoke and heart attacks

Call me naïve, but I was surprised – maybe even incredulous – when I wrote about a 2007 study by Indiana University’s Dong-Chul Seo that found that hospital admissions for heart attack decreased for nonsmokers in Monroe County, Ind., after a countywide smoking ban had been implemented. It certainly was news to me that people […]

Keeping cigarettes away from idle lips this summer

I doubt many parents want their kids to smoke, yet the end of the school year signals a period when teens may be more likely to give it a try. “There are some data that show an increase in cigarette sales in the summer months and also an increase in smoking onset among youth in […]