What you need to know about e-cigarettes

As tobacco use continues its inexorable fall from grace, a growing number of people are turning to electronic cigarettes. These nifty electrical inhalers are being seen — and sometimes even marketed — as a "healthier" alternative to smoking tobacco. But are they really a viable alternative to cigarettes, or just a… » 12/14/12 11:00am 12/14/12 11:00am

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… » 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… » 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