||$144.8 Billion In Punitive
Damages Awarded To Florida Smokers
In the largest damage award
in United States history, a jury
in Miami-Dade County ordered
the tobacco industry today to
pay $144.8 billion in punitive
damages to some half million Florida smokers. Does the verdict mean forced smoking cessation for the world's smokers?
||Fact Sheet: Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer—or cancer of the colon or rectum—is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in
the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that 56,300 Americans will die of colorectal
cancer in 2000. More...
||Screening For Colorectal Cancer
Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for all persons aged 50 and older with annual fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), or sigmoidoscopy, or both. There is insufficient
evidence to determine which of these screening methods is preferable or whether
the combination of FOBT and sigmoidoscopy produces greater benefits than does
either test alone. More...
||The AHCPR Smoking Cessation Guideline
The negative health effects of tobacco use are legion, claiming over 400,000 lives in the
United States each year, and many more in the rest of the world. Although tobacco use is
surprisingly high in prevalence, and opportunities for clinical intervention are
frequent, health care clinicians have not historically intervened in a consistent and
effective manner with their patients who smoke. Until quite recently, only half of the
smokers interviewed in primary care clinics reported that a clinician had asked about
their smoking, and of those, only a very small number were given advice and
assistance in quitting. More...