In recent years and up until his last few months, while suffering the debilitating effects of a respiratory illness, Leonard Nimoy took steps to ensure that others would indeed “live long and prosper” by speaking clearly about the role that smoking played in the illness that caused his death.
After a four year battle with salivary gland cancer, San Diego Padres player Tony Gwynn passed on Monday, June 16th. Gwynn’s unfortunate tale involved smokeless tobacco, the chewing of which is still associated with baseball. Despite recent efforts from Major League Baseball to discourage the use of this product, coaches and players have battled with addiction to smokeless tobacco for many years.
Unfortunately, too often, smokers are thought of as people who simply can’t kick their “nasty habit.” That’s dead wrong — smokers are not the enemy. Rather, they are the individuals that we need to help now, more than ever to quit because for most smokers, tobacco is an addiction that they desperately want to overcome, says David Dobbins of Legacy.
Research shows that an astonishing 31 percent of America’s service men and women smoke. David Dobbins of Legacy explains why leaders in public health are excited that America’s armed forces will now have powerful tools in their arsenal to combat one of the most lethal products available to consumers: tobacco.
At a time when financial resources for tobacco control are scarce, a new federal law expands insurance coverage to cover tobacco cessation services. However, the gap in mandatory tobacco cessation services for most Medicaid enrollees is shortsighted, comments David Dobbins of Legacy.