Terribly Disfigured Smokers Are TV's Fresh New Stars

"She knows how difficult it is to quit, even though—beginning at age 25—she had a sore throat that never went away. She says she quit when pregnant with her daughter, now 32, but then relapsed. She even smoked during her radiation treatments for oral cancer in 2001. It was only after the surgery to remove her voice box that she finally quit, cold turkey." —The new reason to avoid television is the new CDC campaign featuring ex-smokers who have lost various parts of their bodies to their habit, from legs to larynx. If you've already managed to quit, go ahead and give yourself a high five and hope that's [...]


There Are Fewer Places To Smoke At Airports

Man, soon we won't even have those sealed-off cancer boxes to smoke in at airports. Expect already harried travelers to be even more pleasant in the future. (Until, you know, they die off.)


Smoking Bans and Fires

Do smoking bans actually cause more fires? One economist says yes: “In the case of restaurants and bars, it is easy to imagine a person going outside to smoke and then improperly disposing of the cigarette in flammable material such as mulch or shrubbery.” (Nods head guiltily.)