Dr. Pamela Peeke makes confronting our unhealthy habits positively funny and inspiring, as attendees recently learned at TEDx Wall Street. We often cope with challenges propped up by “false fixes” that flicker out fast, Peeke told the a...Read More
As ‘Vaping’ Rockets in Popularity, Will It Help Smokers Quit Tobacco, Hook Young Addicts or Mask Marijuana?By Nancy Wride
Southern California’s first electronic cigarette expo promised to be “epic.” And like any good party, it briefly got shut down by authorities. How epic was it? So many thousands puffed away — or “vaped” — that the steamy haze set off fire alarms and forced the evacuation of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Throngs of sellers and users swiftly returned to the bustling trade show that had a festival vibe with DJs pumping out hip-hop, sofa lounges and tasting bars. Looking like a Wild West bartender in his handlebar moustache and bowler hat, Vince Sottile surveyed the scene from behind the Five Pawns counter, where lines formed all day.
“I quit smoking with this device, and we’re here hoping others will quit, too,” Sottile said, gripping what looked like a jumbo metal pen filled with liquid. The flavor was “Gambit,” and one click heated it by battery. Sattile inhaled on it, a misty vapor momentarily cloaking his head. “It stimulates the smoke going in your lungs without being harmful …. it dissipates quickly, and you don’t stink.” And, he added with a grin, “My girlfriend will kiss me.” Read More
By Nancy Wride Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s been the pie-faced punch line since his blustery denials of drug use were disputed by video of him smoking crack. TV’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the eve of the Thanksgiving Macy’s Parade,...Read More
By Suzanne Kane If it sometimes seems like you can’t escape the memories of your addictive past, there is a solution: The only way to get past the past involves forgiving yourself for whatever you have done and then to get busy living lif...Read More
Fifteen million people have watched the video makeover of Jim Wolf, from scruffy homeless veteran to well-groomed man in a suit. In 2 minutes and 50 seconds, a time-lapse transformation emerges of a fashionably bearded man ready for work. W...Read More