Why a healthy lifestyle could save your sanity

We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well. » 12/11/13 12:00pm 12/11/13 12:00pm

Nicotine patches won't help you quit, but they might save your brains

People attempting the arduous task of quitting smoking often turn to "nicotine replacement therapies" like patches and gum. These help with the physical aspect of withdrawal and the whole "quitting the actual smoking" part. Well, that's the theory anyway. According to a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control,… » 1/13/12 8:45am 1/13/12 8:45am

Anti-smoking PSA from the 1980s warns Brits about the scary posthuman…

Britain's National Archives has created an amazing online collection of "public information films," or what we in the United States call "public service announcements" (PSAs). It's an incredible collection that goes back to the 1950s and continues up through 2006. Some of the movies are just silly, and others are kind of… » 8/17/11 3:44pm 8/17/11 3:44pm

David Tennant's first TV role was in the world's worst anti-smoking PSA

Before he became renowned the world over for playing Barty Crouch Jr. (and some other role I can't remember off the top of my head), David Tennant starred in what was possibly the world's most stultifying anti-cigarette program. Together with some bemulleted child, a 16-year-old Tennant plays a teenage smoker with… » 7/31/11 2:45pm 7/31/11 2:45pm

The strangest Spider-Man public service announcements ever


Spider-Man's a stand-up guy, and he'll go to bat for almost any good cause. Unfortunately, the fact that he's an arachno-sapien in a bodysuit transforms any serious attempt at advocacy into a perplexing tableau. Here are 10 odd Spider-PSAs. » 10/17/10 8:45pm 10/17/10 8:45pm

I'm pretty sure this ad occurs in an alternate Marvel universe where…