March 15th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

Overheard on Should smokers be targeted with educational ads?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

A federal campaign called "Tips from Former Smokers" is intended to educate Americans about the dangers of smoking. Readers talked about the ads, and they talked about smoking and other health issues.

CDC unveils graphic ads to combat smoking

Some debated whether smoking or obesity should be bigger health concerns.

trncell: "So when is the CDC going to put graphic pictures of open heart surgery on the doors of fast food restaurants? #1 killer in America: Heart disease. Your daily reminder."

iBod: "Heart Disease is often a result of smoking, as well, don't forget.....Not just the intake of food your body is already evolved to digest. That's not to say fast food is not a problem–it is for those who eat it maybe once or twice a week, every week of every year of their life. Smoking has a far greater impact on heart disease than fast food.

This reader said people are unfair to smokers.

KiM3695: "I am so sick of people and companies singling out cigarette smoking. Why not do some graphic ads about drinking? It's worse than smoking. Or put some ads out about fattening foods, since our country is the most overweight in the world. I am sick of this firestorm on adult tobacco users. Cigarettes are legal, people need to get over that."

But another wondered why people don't stop. FULL POST

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On the Radar: Afghanistan, Huntsman, Greece, summer
A U.S. soldier takes up a position near schoolchildren Tuesday in Afghanistan's Khost province.
June 21st, 2011
08:47 AM ET

On the Radar: Afghanistan, Huntsman, Greece, summer

Afghanistan drawdown - President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday how many U.S. troops he'll bring home from Afghanistan when the drawdown begins next month. Obama is expected to announce the approval of a plan that would result in 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces being withdrawn by the end of 2012, an administration official told CNN. There are about 100,000 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, including the so-called surge ordered in 2009 in a bid to control violence there.

Huntsman as GOP candidate - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is set to announce Tuesday his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. He's a motorcycle-riding Mormon who speaks fluent Mandarin, a soft-spoken father of seven with eclectic political connections. He was ambassador to China for President Barack Obama, whom he once described as a remarkable leader. That could make the primary season difficult for him.


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On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day
The Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, and the Mavs' Jason Kidd square off during a regular-season game in December.
May 31st, 2011
06:20 AM ET

On the Radar: NBA Finals; shuttle returns; no tobacco day

Three things you need to know Tuesday.

NBA Finals: The NBA Finals tip off  at 9 Tuesday night in Miami as the Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks.

A key storyline of the best-of-seven series will be the battle of two NBA Most Valuable Players who aren't wearing title rings - LeBron James of the Heat and the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki, writes's Dan Shaughnessy.

"Both are championship-starved. Both need a ring to solidify their place in the list of NBA all-time greats," Shaughnessy writes.'s Zack Lowe tells you what to look for when Miami has the ball and when Dallas has the ball.

Finally, see how five NBA writers pick the series. And weigh in with your own pick.

Shuttle returning: The space shuttle Endeavour is preparing for its final landing early Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour is ending a 16-day mission, more than 11 of which were spent docked at the international space station.

Once it is decommissioned by NASA, Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center is Los Angeles.

Atlantis is scheduled to make the final shuttle mission with liftoff targeted for July 8.

World No Tobacco Day: The World Health Organization has made May 31 World No Tobacco Day. The organization uses the day to educate the public on the dangers of using tobacco and what they can do to stop it.

Tobacco use kills 6 million people a year, or one every six seconds, the WHO says, including 600,000 deaths a year from second-hand smoke. As many as half of all tobacco users will eventually die from a disease related to its use, the WHO says.

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