Pregnant smokers can get help quitting
Nov 5, 2012
The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health experts have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life. Increasingly, we are learning of the many ways that smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke harm reproductive and child health.
Continue reading Evidence Grows of How Smoking Harms Reproductive, Child Health
New study: Tobacco smoke affects newborns' brain development
Oct 4, 2012
It’s well-known that smoking during pregnancy is harmful to pregnant women and their babies. But there’s more evidence all the time of how extensive the harm can be – both from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Continue reading Warning to Pregnant Women: Secondhand Smoke Harms You and Your Baby
National Wear Red Day highlights women’s risk of heart disease
Feb 3, 2012
Seeing red? We certainly hope so.
Today is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, when women — and men and children — are asked to wear red to raise awareness that heart disease is the number one cause of death among American women.
Continue reading Heart Association Wants Us to See Red
New line of super-slim cigarettes aggressively targets women
Jan 18, 2012
South Korea’s leading cigarette manufacturer, KT&G, has launched a new line of super-slim cigarettes and is directly targeting women around the globe in a marketing campaign that promotes the brand as smart and sophisticated.
"Love Smart" declares a Jakarta billboard for Esse, which pictures a slim woman in a sleek blue dress.
Continue reading Tobacco Industry Hasn’t Come a Long Way, Baby
New Study: tobacco companies spiked cigarettes with diet aids to hook people worried about weight
May 4, 2011
It's been nearly a century since Lucky Strike first used the slogan "Reach for A Lucky Instead of A Sweet" and decades since the early Virginia Slims advertising campaign depicted women who smoke as independent, stylish, sexy — and of course slim — to market to women and girls.
But slogans and sophisticated images weren't the only tricks in the tobacco industry's scheme to keep people smoking.
According to a new study published in The European Journal of Public Health, the companies added appetite suppressants to cigarettes "to enhance the effects of smoking on appetite and body weight" — and to stoke smokers' fears of gaining weight if they quit.
Continue reading Skinny and Sick?
Four decades after Virginia Slims, lung cancer deaths among women finally drop
Apr 4, 2011
Cigarettes were never sexy, sophisticated or a sign of independence — despite tobacco industry marketing that targets women for profit. Now women are truly breaking free by quitting smoking and finally lowering their death rate from lung cancer.
Continue reading Women Come a Long way Back to Better Health