You Cannot Be Serious

It was in 1964 that the first Surgeon General's report on smoking was published. Called Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service, this report recognized the proven link between smoking and lung¬†cancer. So we've had over 50 years to learn about the negative health effects … Continue reading You Cannot Be Serious

Dying Early Is One of the Benefits of Smoking?

In the late 1990s, early 2000, the¬†Czech health ministry came out with a report claiming that smoking's costs outweighed its fiscal benefits. In response to such a report, cigarette maker Philip Morris undertook its own study in an attempt to refute the health ministry. As part of its study, Philip Morris estimated that one of … Continue reading Dying Early Is One of the Benefits of Smoking?

If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

In 10 to 20 years there could be no smokers left in many markets, according to analysts at Jefferies Financial Group. Governments and tobacco companies are on the same side in this shift, as more countries adopt smoke-free targets and companies push smokers over to reduced-risk products (RRP) such as vaping and oral nicotine. It's … Continue reading If Smoking Can Disappear Within the Next Generation, Maybe Guns Can Too…

Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

Some of my long-time readers (i.e., my wife and three sons) might know what today is - it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's blog has something to do with behavioral economist Dan Ariely. For people new to my blog, it's every other Saturday, which means it highly likely that today's … Continue reading Hey Kids! If Your Parents Start Stealing Your Veggies, Don’t Fall for That Old Trick!

My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

(please note - this is one of my longer blog posts - you've been warned!) As a vegan, there are certain beliefs I hold about which foods are good for me and which foods are not. When the results of new studies are announced that reach conclusions that are not consistent with my beliefs as … Continue reading My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

Why Don’t We Do Things That Are Good for Us?

When presented with the opportunity to save money or to make money or to live a healthier life, why do so many people, myself included, often ignore such opportunities? Hidden Benefits in Your Employer's Health Insurance One that always gets me is the opportunity to join Planet Fitness. $10 a month, $30 annual renewal fee. … Continue reading Why Don’t We Do Things That Are Good for Us?