September 29, 2011 A pill long sold by a Bulgarian drugmaker in Eastern Europe is getting a fresh look as an inexpensive way to help smokers in low-income countries quit. In Poland, the medicine costs about $15 for a course of treatment.
September 6, 2011 Children living with a smoker in the house miss about one extra school day per year. And if two adults in the house smoke, children miss 1.54 more days compared to kids from nonsmoking households.
August 16, 2011 Scientists used to think that women were less likely to get bladder cancer than men. A new study shows that's not the case. Scientists think they know why: More women are smoking, and cigarettes have become more deadly.
August 8, 2011 To measure addiction, cancer researchers can count how many cigarettes are smoked per day and how many years someone's been smoking. Now, researchers are interested in when people have their first cigarette — the earlier in the day, it seems, the greater the health risk.
July 19, 2011 Adolescents exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to experience hearing loss, NYU researchers found. Also, more than 80 percent of adolescents who had hearing loss didn't know it.
July 15, 2011 A long-running campaign to discourage the depiction of smoking in movies is paying off. There were far fewer incidents in 2010 than five years earlier. Filmmakers with public policies to reduce smoking in films showed the steepest declines.
July 14, 2011 California health officials say smoking rates in the state are down to 11.9 percent, making it only the second state so far to achieve a federal target of reducing adult smoking rates to 12 percent by 2020.
June 27, 2011 By refusing to throw out a $270 million jury award, the high court put an end to a case that began in May 1996, when some 500,000 smokers in Louisiana filed a class-action suit against tobacco companies. Now the companies must help smokers quit.
June 21, 2011 Starting next year, cigarette makers will have to give up the top half on their packages to display nine anti-smoking images in rotation. In ads, 20 percent of the real estate at the top of the ads will have to be devoted to a graphic warning.
May 27, 2011 A survey of smokers in 14 countries found that health warnings on cigarette packages registered with most smokers. And among those smokers who noticed them, more than a quarter said the messages led them to think about quitting.
February 24, 2011 Smokers of electronic cigarettes are making videos of themselves using the devices on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation says the smokeless cigarettes aren't welcome aboard.
February 15, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, some of the pros and cons of the proposed budget, Jeopardy! phenom Ken Jennings takes on Watson, quitting smoking, and the issue of ideological diversity among university colleagues.
February 8, 2011 The president has said he's been trying to quit since at least before the 2008 election.
January 26, 2011 A majority of Americans favor the stark cigarette labels FDA has proposed to deter smoking, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Thomson Reuters for NPR. About 42 percent of current smokers even support the tough warnings.