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What Is “The Real Cost” of Using Tobacco?

Sara Bellum
May 07, 2014

There’s no doubt that smoking is expensive—a pack of cigarettes costs just under $5 in Kentucky and more than $14 in New York City. Read More »

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Medical Marijuana: It's Complicated

Sara Bellum
March 27, 2012

Doesn’t the term “medical marijuana” sound like an oxymoron? Medicine is the science and art of healing, while marijuana is an illegal drug that affects your brain and body. How can marijuana be considered medicine? Read More »

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The Cigar Trap

Mini Cigars: The Facts Behind the Flavors

Sara Bellum
March 20, 2012

When you hear that something comes in strawberry, ice cream, chocolate, peach, or grape flavors, your first thoughts may be: ice cream, candy, or something made for kids. After all, manufacturers of kids’ toothpastes, medicines, and vitamins add fun flavors to make their products more appealing. Read More »

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Prescription drugs on television

Prescription Drugs on TV

Sara Bellum
October 18, 2011

You’ve probably seen television commercials advertising prescription drugs for any number of things—from fibromyalgia (fi-bro-my-al-ja) to depression. Read More »

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Smoking Stinks!

Sara Bellum
October 12, 2011

You probably know that smoking is NOT cool—and that it’s really dangerous, too. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, and kills nearly a half a million people each year. Read More »

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