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Controversial book on pregnancy not as revolutionary as expected


I remember my first pregnancy and my then pregnancy bible, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” I read it from cover to cover, earmarked pages and even brought it along with me during visits to my ob-gyn to discuss issues I wanted clarified. I found it absolutely amazing because it covered everything I was going through and answered every question I had, even before I could think about it.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Parenting | Read More »

Manila, the ‘primate’ city?


I am always happy to visit Davao because the city reassures me that Filipinos can learn discipline if rules and regulations are strictly implemented. Drivers follow speed limits, smokers stay in designated areas, and garbage is not a landmark.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Cambodia bans smoking shisha and e-cigarettes


Cambodia has banned e-cigarettes and shisha pipes saying the increasingly popular products contain damaging levels of nicotine and are leading young people to take up smoking.

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

In this April 8, 2003 file photo, David Ozanich of Brooklyn smokes outside the Live Bait bar in New York after a city-wide ban on smoking in bars and restaurants went into effect. Laws banning smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces have been implemented in places across the country. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

.S. health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.

They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year. The power of tobacco companies and popularity of their products made such a goal seem like a pipe dream.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Health and Wellness,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ex-Marlboro Man dies from smoking-related disease


Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

Posted: January 27th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Pregnant smokers can afflict future generations


Women who smoke during pregnancy endanger the health not just of the child they are bearing but also that of their future great-grandchildren, an antismoking group said Tuesday.

Posted: August 28th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Docs seek halt to sale of e-cigarettes

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has called on government regulators to put a temporarily halt to the sale of electronic cigarettes to the public pending a proper study and testing of their safety.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has called on government regulators to put a temporarily halt to the sale of electronic cigarettes to the public pending a proper study and testing of their safety.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Jun de Leon’s pictures of health

JUN de Leon before kicking the smoking habit JUNDE LEON

Sometime last year, celebrity photographer Jun de Leon received a wake-up call from, of all people, his youngest son Irijah, 10.

Posted: June 4th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Has the helmet law been forgotten so soon?


Will Erap stop all that smoking in Manila? I am beginning to worry that the law requiring motorcycle riders to wear the right kind of helmets will die a natural death, like many laws in this country.

Posted: May 22nd, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Smoking out tobacco: The rise of the e-cig

A file picture taken on May 25, 2009 in Beiijng shows a display of electronic cigarettes. NJOY is one of a flurry of e-cigs entering the market as tobacco prices skyrocket and smokers become ever more concerned about the toxins they inhale. The NJOY "cigarette" is electronic -- its tip lights up with the help of an LED and what appears to be smoke is actually water vapour. AFP  / FREDERIC J. BROWN

The camera zooms in on a stubble-bearded hunk dragging on a cigarette and blowing out a thick cloud of smoke with what seems to be great satisfaction.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

E-cigarettes won’t help a smoker quit


It seems the battery-operated electronic cigarette is not a safe alternative to tobacco for smokers who are finding it difficult to quit.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Columns,Home and Entertaining | Read More »



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