Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don't have during a pandemic

Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.

Randy P. Juhl, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

A new discovery offers hope for ways to treat a debilitating disease that has become a leading cause of death in the US..

Bradley Richmond, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Oct. 28, 2020 ~8 min

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Coronavirus is giving smokers incentive to quit, and social distancing could help them do it

An addiction psychiatrist explains why smoking raises the risks from COVID-19 and how to quit.

Amy Harrington, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

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The secondhand smoke you're breathing may have come from another state

According to a new study, about four in 10 air pollution deaths in the US are due to emissions crossing state lines.

Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • conversation
Feb. 12, 2020 ~7 min

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