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1 in 4 Teen E-Cigarette Users Has Tried 'Dripping'
This method creates denser clouds of vapor, with unknown effects on health, researchers say
February 6, 2017
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A talk with a nurse can persuade hospital patients to quit smoking
Self-reported quit rates among hospital patients more than doubled when nurses and other staff were trained to coach patients on how to stop smoking and to make sure they got the help they needed to make it happen, whether that meant counseling, patches, gum or prescription medication, a study concludes.
September 16, 2016
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AATS releases new Consensus Statement for better management of empyema
To better manage empyema in the face of rising demand for treatment, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Guidelines Committee called for the formation of the Empyema Management Guidelines Working Group. the group was tasked with analyzing the latest literature about empyema and issuing new evidence-based clinical guidelines.
April 20, 2017
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Abdominal Aneurysm Risk Drops When Smokers Quit
And the longer it is since you had a cigarette, the lower your odds of trouble, study suggests
November 11, 2016
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Addictive nut's derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit
As many as 600 million people in Asia chew areca nuts with betel leaves, sometimes adding tobacco leaves. Many users are addicted to this harmful preparation, which can create a sense of euphoria. Yet researchers have now discovered that compounds derived from the nut could help cigarette smokers -- as well as betel quid chewers -- kick their habits.
April 5, 2017
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After joint replacement surgery, smokers at increased risk of reoperation for infection
For patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, smoking is associated with an increased risk of infectious (septic) complications requiring repeat surgery, reports a new study.
February 16, 2017
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Almost 1 Billion Worldwide Still Smoke Daily
Nearly 1 billion people worldwide still smoke each day, even though there has been a large decrease in smoking over the past few decades, researchers say.
April 7, 2017
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Appealing new flavors contribute to alarming trends in youth consumption of e-cigarettes
Currently, we are experiencing a new phenomenon with youth consumption of e-cigarettes all around the United States. for the second consecutive year, e-cigarettes were the most popular product among youth. FDA's newest statistics indicate that more than 3 million middle and high school students were users of e-cigarettes in 2015, representing 540,000 more consumers than in 2014.
August 09, 2016
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Are Cigarette Warnings that Show Actual Harm More Effective at Getting People to Quit?
Imagine you're holding a package of cigarettes you're thinking about buying. Which would encourage you to quit: a label with a written warning, or a label with a photo of a throat cancer patient and former smoker who's had a larygnectomy? According to a new study, labels with photos that show the harm done by smoking are more effective at dissuading people from lighting up.
December 13, 2016
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Are E-Cigs Slowing Teen Anti-Smoking Push?
Researchers blame the devices for a leveling off of smoking's decline
July 11, 2016
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As health experts freak out over teen vaping, data shows decline
Teen vaping dropped while smoking, drinking, and drugs continued to hit record lows.
December 13, 2016
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AUDs and smoking may disproportionately increase upper airways' oxidative stress
Cells in the lung are constantly exposed to oxygen and intermittently exposed to other environmental factors, resulting in a susceptibility to oxidative injury. Both alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and cigarette smoking heighten pulmonary oxidative stress, likely due to antioxidant depletion.
September 15, 2016
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Belief about nicotine content in cigarette may change brain activity and craving
How the brain responds to nicotine depends on a smoker's belief about the nicotine content in a cigarette, according to new research. the study found that smoking a nicotine cigarette but believing that it lacked nicotine failed to satisfy cravings related to nicotine addiction.
September 13, 2016
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Black Box Warnings Removed from Chantix, Zyban
The anti-smoking drug Chantix no longer has to carry a bold-letter warning about possible psychiatric side effects, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
December 19, 2016
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Cancer-causing benzene found in e-cigarette vapors operated at high power
Significant levels of cancer-causing benzene in e-cigarette vapors can form when the devices are operated at high power, scientists have found.
March 8, 2017
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Cannabis and schizophrenia: new evidence unveiled
The nature of the relationship between cannabis and psychiatric disorders has been hotly debated for decades. a new study, using genetically modified mice, adds more fuel to an already blistering blaze.
April 28, 2017
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Cannabis use in adolescence linked to schizophrenia
Psychoactive compound in cannabis may trigger the brain disorder, researchers say
April 26, 2017
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Children's hands may carry significant levels of nicotine, study shows
Children may carry significant levels of nicotine on their hands just by coming into contact with items or surfaces contaminated with tobacco smoke residues, even when no one is actively smoking around them at the time.
April 6, 2017
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Cigar warnings: Do teens believe them?
Significant differences exist in the believability of specific cigar warnings, suggesting that more work is needed to establish the best warnings to dissuade youth from smoking cigars.
December 14, 2016
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Cigarette accompanied by alcohol provides more pleasure to young adults than marijuana
Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new UC San Francisco study.
April 18, 2017
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Cigarette Smoke Toxins Stay in Home After Quitting
Toxins from tobacco smoke persists in smokers' homes for at least six months after they quit and remain a threat to nonsmoking residents, according to researchers.
October 4, 2016
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Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say
But kids still don't see nicotine as addictive and may opt for e-cigarettes instead
December 6, 2016
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Citric acid in e-liquids may produce significant amounts of respiratory sensitisers in e-cigarette vapour
The use of citric acid in e-liquids needs to be investigated to further understand its potential to form potentially harmful anhydrides in the vapour.
March 10, 2017
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College degree linked to use of ends with intention to quit cigarette smoking
Users of both electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and cigarettes may be more intent on quitting tobacco, but that intention seems to drop off among less educated smokers, according to a study by Georgia State University researchers published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
September 7, 2016
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Colorful clones: Researchers track development, behavior of individual blood stem cells
Researchers have used a colorful, cell-labeling technique to track the development of the blood system and trace the lineage of adult blood cells traveling through the vast networks of veins, arteries, and capillaries back to their parent stem cell in the marrow. Their findings contribute to the understanding of blood development as well as blood diseases.
November 23, 2016
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Counseling on child's second hand smoke exposure helps parents quit smoking
Parents who smoke are more likely to quit smoking after receiving motivational smoking cessation counseling following a "teachable moment" (TM) such as witnessing their child experience an asthma attack.
May 16, 2016
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Current, Former Smokers and Lung Cancer Screening
Such testing could cut death rate by 20 percent, American Cancer Society says
February 2, 2017
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DEA Denies Request to Ease Federal Pot Rules
Decision at odds with laws in nearly half of states; will likely hamper medical research, doctors say
August 11, 2016
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Delaying marijuana use until age 17 can be better for adolescent's brains, says new study
The more teenagers delay smoking marijuana until they're older, the better it is for their brains, but there may be little ill effect if they start after age 17, says a new Universite de Montreal study.
January 25, 2017
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Depression linked to e-cigarette use among college students
The emergence of e-cigarettes as a nicotine product has left scientists with many questions about their impact on health, including how the product interacts with depression. a new study has found a connection between depression and initiation of e-cigarette use among college students.
February 13, 2017
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Do Medical Pot States Have Less Opioid Abuse?
Study of fatal car crashes finds fewer linked to opioids where medical pot is legal, but some experts are critical of the research
September 15, 2016
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Do you know what you're smoking? Research suggests that you don't
There is little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke amongst US adults, even though many of them report having looked for relevant information. In a new study, researchers suggest that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expand its messaging activities so that information about these constituents reaches all segments of the US population, especially those most vulnerable to tobacco product use and its associated health risks.
June 23, 2016
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Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of E-Cigarettes
When patients ask about safety and using e-cigarettes to stop smoking, doctors' advice differs
August 26, 2016
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Does Legal Medical Marijuana Spur Illicit Pot Use?
Cannabis use disorder is also rising faster in states with legalization laws
April 26, 2017
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Does longer walking distance to buy cigarettes increase quitting among smokers?
Walking one-third of a mile longer from home to the nearest tobacco shop to buy cigarettes was associated with increased odds that smokers would quit the habit in an analysis of data in Finnish studies.
August 15, 2016
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Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Need for other Meds?
In states with legal pot, pain prescriptions saw the greatest drop, study found
July 6, 2016
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Don't be fooled by the headlines: Teen vaping study is a mixed bag
Results may go up in smoke because the study is small and short.
November 9, 2016
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Drug and alcohol addiction treatment results improved when teens stopped smoking, researcher finds
Addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking, new research confirms.
November 21, 2016
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E-Cigarette Construction Evaluation now Provided by UL
UL, a leading global safety science organization, is announcing acceptance of product submittals of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, for construction evaluation, testing and North American certification.
March 19, 2017
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E-cigarette smoking linked to heart disease risk
High adrenaline levels, oxidative stress seen in comparison with nonsmokers
February 1, 2017
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E-cigarette use among college students: Helpful aid or risky enabler?
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use continues to rise, and current data regarding use of e-cigarettes among college students are needed. the study connects e-cigarette use in colleges to high rates of alcohol consumption and other factors such as: gender, race/ethnicity and traditional cigarettes. the rise of e-cigarettes may be a positive consequence of cigarette smokers who use this product to quit smoking or to avoid the toxicity of traditional cigarettes. However, e-cigarette use does not always reflect an attempt to reduce cigarette smoking and may instead indicate a general propensity to use psychoactive substances, especially among emerging adults.
June 29, 2016
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E-cigarette use linked to risk of respiratory symptoms among adolescents
E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing dramatically, and public health experts are concerned that these devices may be a gateway to smoking. Now, new research indicates that even if these young e-cigarette users do not become tobacco smokers, e-cigarettes may harm their health.
November 16, 2016
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E-cigarette use linked to successful attempts to quit smoking
Findings go against concerns that e-cigs undermine motivation and quit attempts
September 16, 2016
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E-Cigarettes a Gateway to Smoking for Teens: Study
2 out of 5 who vaped went on to traditional cigarettes, small U.S. review finds
June 13, 2016
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E-Cigarettes Emit Toxic Vapors: Study
Levels depend on type and age of device, and they increase as it heats up
July 27, 2016
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E-Cigarettes Linked to Potential Heart Trouble
Found users were more likely to have early indicators of disease risk
February 1, 2017
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E-cigarettes might actually be a safe tool for quitting smoking
A study suggests that longterm e-cigarette use is safer than traditional smoking
February 7, 2017
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E-Cigarettes not a Smoking Deterrent for Kids
Study finds 'vaping' might lead teens who would've never smoked to try nicotine
January 23, 2017
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E-Cigarettes not Good to Gums, Study Finds
Nicotine, flavorings appear to play a role in tissue damage
November 18, 2016
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E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study
E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to new research.
February 7, 2017
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E-Cigs can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids
American Academy of Pediatricians' report says the earlier kids 'vape,' the more likely they're hooked
December 19, 2016
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E-Cigs Cut Smokers' Levels of Toxic Chemicals
Die-hard smokers often turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help them cut down on regular cigarettes or quit altogether.
February 9, 2017
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E-Cigs Have Fewer Carcinogens Than Cigarettes
But switch from tobacco didn't reduce nicotine levels
August 19, 2016
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E-Cigs May be 'Bridge' to Teens' Tobacco Use
'Vapers' seem much more likely to give real smokes a try, study finds
February 8, 2017
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Early exposure to nicotine can affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new Yale-led study has found. the finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.
May 30, 2016
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Effects of maternal smoking continue long after birth
Early exposure to nicotine can trigger widespread genetic changes that affect formation of connections between brain cells long after birth, a new study has found. the finding helps explains why maternal smoking has been linked to behavioral changes such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, addiction and conduct disorder.
May 30, 2016
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Exercise May Extend Lives of People with COPD
Study seems to show a big benefit, and experts say activity can help lungs stay healthy
March 18, 2016
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Experts highlight urgent need to explore how cannabis use can be made safer
The authors say that policy makers and researchers should consider regulating cannabis potency, reducing the use of tobacco (e.g. by using vapourisers), and exploring how the chemical composition of cannabis could be modified to reduce harm without altering the pleasurable effects of the drug.
March 3, 2017
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FDA Sued Over Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels Delay
Lawsuit says agency's decision is more than 4 years overdue
October 4, 2016
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FDA Warns 4 Tobacco Makers to Stop Selling Flavored Cigarettes Labeled as Cigars
If you want to sell an illegal product, simply slapping on a different label won't magically make it legal. That's why the Food and Drug Administration is ordering four tobacco manufacturers to stop selling flavored cigarettes labeled as "little cigars" or "cigars."
December 12, 2016
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FDA warns retailers for selling newly regulated tobacco products to minors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, to minors.
September 15, 2016
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Federal Appeals Court: After 11 Years, There's No More Reason for Big Tobacco to Delay Warning Ads
It's been more than a decade since a federal court ruled against the tobacco industry and ordered the nation's largest cigarette producers to produce a new series of warning ads. Those warnings have yet to happen, as Big Tobacco has repeatedly appealed just about every aspect of the ruling. Today, one federal appeals panel handed the industry some very minor concessions while basically telling the companies to quit it already with all the legal butt-dragging.
April 25, 2017
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Female smokers more likely to kick the habit by 'timing' their quit date with their menstrual cycle, study shows
Women who want to quit smoking may have better success by carefully timing their quit date with optimal days within their menstrual cycle, according to a new study.
May 31, 2016
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Fewer in U.S. Smoke, but Death Toll Continues
Only 15 percent of Americans engage in the habit, according to latest CDC numbers
November 10, 2016
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Flavored E-Cigarettes May Entice Teens to Smoke
Nearly 2 of 3 young people using e-cigs load them with flavors such as bubble gum or gummy bear
November 7, 2016
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Flavored vapors from e-liquids contain potentially harmful aldehydes
Traditional cigarettes pose a well-established risk to smokers' health, but the effects of electronic cigarettes are still being determined. Helping to flesh out this picture, researchers are reporting in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology what happens to e-liquid flavorings when they're heated inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine-delivery systems. the study found that when converted into a vapor, some flavorings break down into toxic compounds at levels that exceed occupational safety standards.
November 30, 2016
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Flavorings May Boost Toxicity of E-Cigarettes
Increasing device's voltage, to get bigger hit of nicotine, also inflames air passage cells, researcher says
September 22, 2016
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For Pot Smokers, Ambition May Go Up in Smoke
But the effect only happens when people are high and doesn't persist, British researchers contend
September 2, 2016
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For young adults, cigarettes more pleasurable with alcohol than with pot
Young adults get more pleasure from smoking cigarettes while they are drinking alcohol than they do while using marijuana, according to a new American study.
April 18, 2017
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Gaining scientific proof of adverse effects of cannabis, a world first
Important mechanisms involved in the formation of neural circuits in the brain have now been revealed by a research team. this group also discovered that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive substance also found in cannabis, causes disruption of neural circuits within the cortex. These results explain why cannabis may be harmful and have potential to find application in the functional recovery of brain injury and in cases of dementia.
September 12, 2016
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Germs, Mold Found in some Medical Pot
Man undergoing cancer treatment died from fungal infection thought to come from medicinal marijuana
February 15, 2017
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Global tobacco control treaty has led to reduction in smoking rates, study finds
Despite worldwide progress since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) came into effect in 2005, not all key demand-reduction measures have been fully implemented at the same pace, but doing so could reduce tobacco use even further.
March 23, 2017
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God Damnit, Someone is Making a Keurig Machine for Weed
Alongside the pleasantly mellow way we're feeling about the spread of legalized pot, there is a dark undercurrent of paranoia. When getting high is no longer a crime, will it stop being so much fun? will bald guys in khakis start loudly discussing their favorite sativa blends while in line at the supermarket? will smarmy weed VCs and entrepreneurs try to "disrupt" the market of novelty bongs and cigarette-shaped one-hitters with some technology nobody asked for? will someone invent a goddamned Keurig machine for smoking pot?
May 23, 2016
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Graphic pictures on cigarette packs would significantly reduce smoking death rate
Using prominent, graphic pictures on cigarette packs warning against smoking could avert more than 652,000 deaths, up to 92,000 low birth weight infants, up to 145,000 preterm births, and about 1,000 cases of sudden infant deaths in the U.S. over the next 50 years, say researchers.
November 4, 2016
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Hazardous chemicals discovered in flavored e-cigarette vapor
Scientists stress need for thorough research into flavored e-liquids
November 10, 2016
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Higher tobacco taxes needed to reduce smoking rates in South Asia, new analysis says
Higher taxes on tobacco could reduce consumption in South Asia by at least one-third
April 11, 2017
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Hospital-initiated smoking cessation interventions may improve patient outcomes, decrease re-hospitalization
A new study from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), has established that greater adoption of hospital-initiated tobacco cessation interventions improve patient outcomes and decrease further healthcare utilization.
May 25, 2016
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Hotter Vapes Could Put More Toxins In your Lungs
Not Every Puff is Created Equal
July 27, 2016
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HSCI researchers use color tagging system to track development of blood stem cells
Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have used a colorful, cell-labeling technique to track the development of the blood system and trace the lineage of adult blood cells travelling through the vast networks of veins, arteries, and capillaries back to their parent stem cell in the marrow. Their findings have already advanced the understanding of blood development as well as blood diseases.
November 23, 2016
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Ingenious antismoking billboard coughs at smokers
Commentary: In Sweden, a billboard looks normal. Until a smoker walks by, that is.
January 16, 2017
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Integrative Body-Mind Training helps reduce smoking
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that 15.1 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2015, down almost 2 percent from the year before. this is the lowest recorded smoking rate in the country's history.
May 26, 2016
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International study shows direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth
International research led by the University of Adelaide has for the first time shown a direct link between continued marijuana use during pregnancy and pre-term birth.
May 13, 2016
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Is your Teen a Vaper?
With youth cigarette use at an all-time low thanks to price hikes, smoking bans, and graphic public-service campaigns, today's parents may assume they don't have to worry much about their kids lighting up.
September 15, 2016
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It May be Harder for Women to Stop Smoking at Certain Times of the Month
It's a Bad Time for a Bad Habit
June 2, 2016
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It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
Even quitting in your 60s can add years to your life, researchers find
November 30, 2016
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James Bond Has Been Teaching Kids to Smoke for Over Half a Century
But with Better Intelligence, He's Smoking Less
January 17, 2017
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JBCPP journal publishes new evidence for clinical efficacy of cannabis therapy
New evidence for the clinical efficacy of cannabis therapy is presented in the latest issue of the Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology (JBCPP), a De Gruyter publication. the authors have studied cannabis therapy for many years at international research centers, examining its effects, potential applications, and risks.
May 23, 2016
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Just 1 Cigarette a day can be Deadly: Study
Light smokers still faced an increased risk of early death
December 5, 2016
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Kids can Pick Up Nicotine on Their Hands
'Thirdhand' exposure from residue in their homes could prove health threat, study says
April 13, 2017
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Kids' hands may be a source of significant nicotine exposure
Study sheds new light on thirdhand smoke dangers
April 6, 2017
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Legalization of recreational marijuana changes teens' use and perceptions of marijuana
Marijuana use significantly increased and its perceived harm decreased among eighth- and 10th-graders in Washington state following enactment of recreational marijuana laws, according to a UC Davis and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health to be published online in JAMA Pediatrics. There was no change in use or perceived harm among 12th graders or among similar grades in Colorado.
December 30, 2016
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Legalized Pot Poses a Threat to Kids, Doctors Warn
Marijuana isn't benign, child health experts contend
February 27, 2017
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Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Gum Disease in Study
Besides gum health, researchers assessed lung function, risk factors for heart disease and diabetes
June 1, 2016
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Long-term, low-intensity smoking associated with increased risks of death
Low-intensity smokers who puff on 10 or less cigarettes per day over their lifetime still have higher risks of death than individuals who never smoke, providing further evidence that there is no safe level of cigarette smoking, according to a study.
December 5, 2016
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Luteal phase of menstrual cycle may help thwart smoking behavior in women
Women who want to quit smoking may have better success by carefully timing their quit date with optimal days within their menstrual cycle, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
June 1, 2016
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Makers of E-Cigarettes and Pricey Cigars Want to Avoid FDA Approval and Regulation
Until earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration didn't have authority to regulate some new or unusual smokeable products that have been growing in popularity, like premium cigars, hookah tobacco, vaping products, and e-cigarettes. However, the industries behind these products are fighting regulation with lobbyists, hoping to do away with the new rule.
September 2, 2016
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Marijuana and alcohol use during adolescence linked to poor academic performance, mental health
Adolescents who use both marijuana and alcohol during middle school and high school are more likely to have poor academic performance and mental health during high school, according to a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation that followed a group of students over a seven-year period.
June 14, 2016
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Marijuana May Lower Bone Density
Study finds heavy users have lower bone density than cigarette smokers
October 19, 2016
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Marijuana sold over the web will disrupt drug cartels, says Eaze CEO
Keith McCarty talked about the intersection of drugs and tech on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.
September 16, 2016
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Marijuana use among pregnant women linked to low birth weight infants
In a new study, researchers in London, Ontario found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight than women who did not use marijuana.
April 27, 2017
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Marijuana use among teens declines despite widespread legalization
A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased.
May 25, 2016
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Marijuana use associated with increased risk of stroke, heart failure
As marijuana legalization spreads, better understanding of side effects is needed
March 9, 2017
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Marijuana use may raise stroke, heart failure risk
In the United States, marijuana is becoming increasingly legalized for medicinal or recreational purposes. However, new research warns of the harms of marijuana use after finding that the drug may have negative implications for cardiovascular health.
March 10, 2017
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Maternal smoking linked to increased risk for Tourette syndrome and tic disorders
A study published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found an association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and an increased risk for Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders. the link seems especially strong for complex presentations of Tourette syndrome in which two or more psychiatric disorders are present.
September 7, 2016
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MD Anderson and HISD collaborate for youth-oriented tobacco prevention program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Independent School District (HISD) have reached a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide access to an evidence-based, youth-oriented tobacco prevention and cessation program for all 110,000 HISD middle and high school students.
October 13, 2016
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Medical marijuana laws linked to greater increase in illicit use, disorders
Increased legalization of marijuana for medical purposes may be fueling illicit use of the drug, as well as increasing the number marijuana use disorders, according to the results of a new study.
April 26, 2017
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MicroRNA reduces stroke risk
The molecule microRNA-210 stabilizes deposits in the carotid artery and can thus prevent them from tearing, and prevent dangerous blood clots from forming. These results open up new treatment approaches to reduce stroke risk in patients with carotid arteries at risk of rupturing.
May 2, 2017
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Mindfulness motivates people to make healthy changes in behavior, study shows
"Smoking causes wrinkles that age you prematurely. what are cigarettes costing you?"
January 30, 2017
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Missing link between smoking and inflammation identified
It's no secret that using tobacco is bad for you, but what has been a mystery until now is how tobacco causes increased inflammation throughout the body. Now, a team of researchers has learned why. Scientists show that nicotine activates certain white blood cells, called neutrophils, which in turn release molecules that lead to increased inflammation.
October 30, 2016
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Most Smokers don't Stick with E-Cigarettes
'Vaping' only replaces tobacco use for a small group of people, study finds
May 31, 2016
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New evidence finds standardized cigarette packaging may reduce the number of people who smoke
Standardized tobacco packaging may lead to a reduction in smoking prevalence and reduces the appeal of tobacco, new research concludes.
April 27, 2017
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New genetic markers linked to fast rate of nicotine metabolism in smokers may raise risk for lung cancer
University of Hawai'i Cancer Center researchers discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby, increasing their risk for lung cancer.
August 25, 2016
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New review concludes effects of electronic cigarettes remain unchanged
An updated Cochrane Review published today provides an independent, rigorous assessment of the best available evidence to date about electronic cigarettes for quitting smoking.
September 14, 2016
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New study challenges description of airway inflammation in smokers and COPD patients
A new study challenges the widely accepted but oversimplified description of airway inflammation in smokers and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
March 22, 2017
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Nicotine exposure during pregnancy nearly twice as high as reported
More women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to research. the study reveals a significant gap between the number of local, pregnant mothers who report smoking during pregnancy and the number who test positive for nicotine exposure.
July 7, 2016
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No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death
People who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetime had a 64 percent higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, and those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, according to a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
December 5, 2016
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Novel nicotine inhaler doubles smoking quit rates
Smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler, new research indicates. the investigators developed and tested a novel nicotine inhaler to see whether it helps smokers to quit smoking. Participants in the study were randomly assigned to receive either a nicotine inhaler plus a nicotine patch, or a placebo inhaler plus a nicotine patch.
May 16, 2016
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Pediatricians, American Cancer Society Take FDA to Court Over Delayed Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes
It's been more than seven years since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law, directing the Food and Drug Administration to bolster warnings on tobacco labels and to create graphic warning images to be printed on cigarette packaging. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the tobacco industry's challenge to these labels in 2013, they have yet to materialize.
October 4, 2016
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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Cigarette smoking accounts for about one fifth of cases of coronary heart disease (CHD), one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but precisely how smoking leads to CHD has long been unclear. Now, a team has uncovered a molecule that may at least partly explain the smoking-CHD connection.
May 2, 2017
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Perceptions of e-cigarette vary among lung health professionals, survey reveals
At the CHEST Annual Meeting 2016 in Los Angeles, results from an online questionnaire sent to members of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) earlier this year revealed that perceptions of e-cigarette harms and benefits among lung health professionals vary.
October 18, 2016
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Philip Morris Applies to bring Heated-Up Tobacco Sticks to U.S.
You might remember that a few months ago, we shared some interesting smoking news: that Philip Morris was working on a new product that's somewhere between an e-cigarette and an old-fashioned tobacco one.
December 6, 2016
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Philip Morris Wants Smokers to Heat Up Tobacco, not Burn It
Tobacco giant Philip Morris is working on the future of smoking, and it's not cigarettes or vaping. the company is investing heavily in a product with the baffling name IQOS, a device that lets users heat up and inhale mini stacks of tobacco, without actually setting them on fire. will "reduced harm" products like this catch on with the public all over the world?
September 29, 2016
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Physicians vary greatly in their responses to patients about e-cigarettes, study reveals
If you ask two different doctors about e-cigarettes, you might get two different answers.
August 30, 2016
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Pictures warning of smoking dangers on cigarette packs increased quit attempts
Affixing pictures on cigarette packets to illustrate the danger of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the results of a clinical trial.
June 5, 2016
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Pot May Restrict Blood Flow to Brain: Study
It's too early to say if this contributes to mental decline, Alzheimer's expert says
December 30, 2016
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Pot Smoking Common Among Pregnant Teens: Survey
Doctors voice concerns about harms to developing fetus
April 17, 2017
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Pot Use Linked to Relapse in Psychosis Patients
But experts note effect is small, and the research isn't definitive
September 28, 2016
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Pot While Pregnant May Raise Premature Birth Risk
Experts' advice to expectant mothers on marijuana use is same as for alcohol and tobacco: don't do it
May 25, 2016
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Preconsumption of red wine can prevent short-term vascular injury caused by smoking
Drinking red wine is widely regarded as protective against cardiovascular disease. a new report in the American Journal of Medicine found that a glass or two of red wine before lighting up a cigarette can counteract some of the short-term negative effects of smoking on blood vessels.
November 15, 2016
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Preventing, treating smoking in children and youth
Recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
February 27, 2017
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QMUL experts develop smartphone gaming app to help promote smoking cessation
A smartphone app that could help smokers stick to new Year's resolutions to quit has been developed by academics at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Kingston University.
January 4, 2017
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Quitting smoking during addiction treatment may improve recovery rates in teens
A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has found that addiction treatment results improved when teens in a residential program stopped smoking. the findings are published in a new study in the November issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. they hold important implications for success in treating addiction since up to three out of four people with such disorders are smokers, a significantly higher proportion than the overall national smoking rate of one out of every four Americans.
November 21, 2016
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Recovery of dopamine function emerges with recovery from smoking
A new study reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. the normalization of dopamine systems suggests smoking-related deficits are a consequence of chronic smoking, rather than a risk factor. These findings raise the possibility that treatments might be developed that normalize the dopamine system in smokers.
July 28, 2016
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Regular marijuana use impacts the brain's natural response to rewards
Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards.
July 6, 2016
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Regulations on electronic cigarettes may impact effectiveness as cessation tool, study reveals
A study published today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, reveals that regulations on electronic cigarettes (ECs) may impact their effectiveness as a cessation tool. this study might help explain some of the mixed results on the effectiveness of ECs that has been published in the literature.
April 5, 2017
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Researcher receives $3 million NCI grant to study impact of e-cigarette usage on smoking rates
Nearly 7 in 10 cigarette smokers are looking for a way to quit - and many smokers have turned to e-cigarettes for help. a researcher at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center has received a 5-year, $3 million R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the impact of e-cigarette usage on smoking rates.
October 30, 2016
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Researchers emphasize need to rethink tobacco control strategies
The tobacco product landscape has changed significantly with the introduction of alternatives that are much less harmful than traditional cigarettes.
May 25, 2016
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Researchers evaluate biological effects of exposure to cigarette smoke versus e-cigarette aerosols
Researchers reported changes in the expression levels of 123 genes when reconstituted lung tissue was exposed to cigarette smoke, compared to only two genes that could be confirmed following exposure to e-cigarette aerosols.
February 6, 2017
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Russia Proposes Cigarette Ban for Anyone Born After 2015
Aside from meddling in the United States election, there's another thing the Russian Federation seems to be worrying a lot about these days: cigarette smoking.
January 10, 2017
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Salford study reveals toxicity of different 'vaping' flavours on lung tissue
Electronic cigarette users are more at risk of lung damage if they use flavourings such as menthol and butterscotch, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Salford.
January 5, 2017
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Scientists discover neuron-producing stem cells in the membranes covering the brain
Possible implications for brain regeneration?
November 23, 2016
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Scientists identify factors that affect levels of toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. But health experts and consumer advocates have raised concerns over their safety. now scientists report in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology new measurements of potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor and factors that affect these levels.
July 27, 2016
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Second-hand smoke exposures before conception affect fetal brain development
Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke -- even before conception -- appears to have a lingering impact that can later impair the brain development of a fetus, researchers at Duke Health report.
January 5, 2017
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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids
Passive exposure tied to more egg and peanut sensitivity in study
March 6, 2017
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Self-expanding TAVR as good as surgery in intermediate-risk patients
Major trial meets non-inferiority endpoint for all-cause death and disabling stroke at 2 years
March 17, 2017
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Severe burns, injuries from e-cigarette explosions go under-reported across the country
Doctors and public health officials differ on the potential long-term effects of vaping and the use of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation tools. But they agree the devices shouldn't explode in your face.
October 5, 2016
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Should People be Allowed to Smoke Up at Legal Retail Marijuana Shops?
So you're visiting a state where recreational marijuana is legal. Congratulations! now it's time to get some of that green stuff and partake – but where are you supposed to get high if you don't have a private residence?
February 1, 2017
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Smokers who switch to vaping may have fewer respiratory infections, study reveals
The majority of smokers who successfully switch to vaping say they have fewer respiratory infections, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
August 19, 2016
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Smokers who use novel nicotine inhaler twice as likely to quit smoking
A study by researchers at new Zealand's University of Otago, Wellington shows that smokers who used a nicotine inhaler were twice as likely to quit smoking as smokers using a placebo inhaler.
May 16, 2016
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Smokers with newly discovered genetic markers have higher lung cancer risk
Researchers discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby, increasing their risk for lung cancer.
August 25, 2016
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Smoking down, number of lives saved up as more countries embrace tobacco control measures
Between 2008 and 2014, more than 53 million people in 88 countries stopped smoking due to tobacco control measures, which means that more than 22 million smoking-related deaths have been averted, say authors of a new report.
December 12, 2016
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Smoking during pregnancy associated with increased risk of schizophrenia in offspring
Researchers report an association between smoking during pregnancy and increased risk for schizophrenia in children. the paper evaluated nearly 1,000 cases of schizophrenia and matched controls among offspring born in Finland from 1983-1998. Results showed that a higher maternal nicotine level in the mother's blood was associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia among their offspring. the study provides the most definitive evidence to date that smoking during pregnancy is associated with schizophrenia.
May 24, 2016
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Smoking Leaves Lasting Marks on DNA: Study
Changes related to disease found in more than 7,000 genes, though many 'recover' five years after quitting
September 20, 2016
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Smoking Lung-on-a-Chip to Study Effects of Nicotine and Tobacco
At Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, researchers built a device that reproduces a human lung to study the effects of smoking. It looks like this technology is built to smoke so you don't have to, but joking aside, behind the intake where the cigarettes are positioned is a chip with living human small airway cells. These can be harvested from healthy volunteers or COPD patients, for example, and compared to identify why exactly smoking aggravates symptoms of COPD so drastically.
October 30, 2016
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Smoking may have negative effects on sperm quality
A recent study found that that sperm of men who smoke has a greater extent of DNA damage than that of non-smokers.
June 22, 2016
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Smoking May Hinder Common Breast Cancer Treatment
Cigarettes and drugs called aromatase inhibitors appear to be a bad mix, researchers say
June 24, 2016
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Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs
To slow organ damage, patients should quit the habit, researchers say
November 18, 2016
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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix
Chances of an early death double if smoker also has the blood sugar disease, study finds
November 22, 2016
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Smoking Rates Differ by County, not Just State
Regional figures can help health officials tailor prevention programs
October 3, 2016
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Smoking related deficits in brain dopamine return to normal after quitting, study reports
A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that smoking-related deficits in brain dopamine, a chemical implicated in reward and addiction, return to normal three months after quitting. the normalization of dopamine systems suggests smoking-related deficits are a consequence of chronic smoking, rather than a risk factor.
July 28, 2016
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Smoking Still High in some Racial Groups: CDC
Nearly 4 in 10 American Indians and Alaska Natives smoke cigarettes
August 04, 2016
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Smoking still kills over 6 million people a year
Put down that butt
April 7, 2017
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Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths
Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds
October 22, 2016
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Smoking Wreaks Genetic Havoc on Lungs, Study Warns
For every year of smoking a pack daily, there were 150 more mutations found in each lung cell
November 4, 2016
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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' -- researchers
Evidence that they're functional smoking cessation aids too
September 14, 2016
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Startups downplay tobacco as they talk up cannabis
Shops patronized by pot smokers have a long tradition of labeling their pipes and vaporizers "for tobacco use only." But startups developing smoking and vaping gear are basically asking customers to put their weed in it.
March 23, 2017
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Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70
Lifetime smoking history is a key determinant of mortality for people 70 and over, and quitting, even after 60, benefits individuals into their 70s, reports a team of investigators.
November 30, 2016
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Study finds differing treatment options for women smokers
A new study has found important differences between women and men in their ability to quit smoking when taking medications commonly prescribed to help smokers quit.
July 13, 2016
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Study finds potential for decrease in tobacco use by transgender women who receive hormone therapy
While there has been much concern about the potential harm from transgender medical intervention (hormone therapy), a new study has found that transgender women who receive hormone therapy are more likely to quit or decrease smoking cigarettes as compared to the general population.
October 5, 2016
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Study reveals increasing prevalence of marijuana use among US adults
An increasing number of US adults are using marijuana, as fewer people perceive the drug as harmful, according to a survey of over 500000 US adults conducted between 2002 and 2014 published in the Lancet Psychiatry. as marijuana has become increasingly potent over the past decade, the authors say that the findings suggest the need for improved education and prevention messages regarding the risks of marijuana.
September 2, 2016
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Study reveals many women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy
More women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought, according to a new study by researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in collaboration with Cradle Cincinnati.
July 7, 2016
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Study shows effectiveness of testimonial warning labels on tobacco products
Cigarette warning labels featuring photos of real smokers who were harmed by their habit are more effective in getting smokers to quit than the text-only labels currently in use, research indicates.
December 12, 2016
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Switching to e-cigarettes decreases toxic chemicals in smokers' pee
The new study suggests e-cigarettes might be healthier than cigarettes, but it's far from conclusive
February 7, 2017
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Teen Vaping: what you Should Know
Nick started smoking cigarettes when he was 11, maybe 12, and he kept at it for years.
September 14, 2016
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Teenagers who smoke daily report higher levels of health complaints
As fewer teens overall take up smoking, those who do smoke daily are reporting more health complaints than in years past, a new study indicates.
July 29, 2016
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Teens May not Heed Health Warnings on Cigars
Only half found labels about cancer risks believable, study finds
December 16, 2016
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Teens who smoke daily are more likely to report health complaints
As fewer teens overall take up smoking, those who do smoke daily are reporting more health complaints than in years past, a new study indicates.
July 29, 2016
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Text messaging intervention may help smokers abstain from smoking relative to controls
A new study from the Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine found that smokers who received a text messaging intervention were more likely to abstain from smoking relative to controls.
May 24, 2016
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The shifting rationales for vaping
A new long-term study uses social media data to learn why people use e-cigarettes and why they started in the first place
March 1, 2017
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The Vape Debate: what you Need to Know
E-cigarettes: Are they a safe way for smokers to stop or a gateway to getting kids hooked on a habit that's known to cause deadly diseases of the heart and lungs as well as cancer?
August 10, 2016
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This E-Cig is a Terrible Vape, But a Solid Cigarette Replacement
The ploy of the rechargeable, Blu PLUS+ vape is obvious: It looks like a cigarette and the charging case resembles a pack. "It's just like real smoking!" it seems to beg of your disbelief. It isn't. But that should be obvious. and it's far from the biggest problem with the Blu PLUS+.
June 28, 2016
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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues
Philip Morris's iQOS
November 30, 2016
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Tobacco Use Costs 6M Lives, $1 Trillion Annually
Higher prices, taxes would deter smoking and generate income, WHO and others say
January 10, 2017
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Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Liquid
Their presence in 5 brands studied is troubling, researchers say
February 8, 2017
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Toxins in e-cig vapor increase with heat and device use
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional cigarette smoking. But health experts and consumer advocates have raised concerns over their safety. now scientists report new measurements of potentially toxic compounds in e-cigarette vapor and factors that affect these levels.
July 27, 2016
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Unknown exposure to second-hand smoke linked to increased mortality in non-smokers
A new biomarker has identified known and unknown exposure to second-hand smoke and confirmed a strong association to increased mortality in non-smokers, according to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. the results, published this month in the journal Carcinogenesis, provide a more accurate way to gauge second-hand smoke exposure than questionnaires, and present a strong case for more stringent limits on smoking and increased preventive screenings for those more likely to have been exposed to second-hand smoke.
September 23, 2016
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U.S. Report Cites the Good and Bad on Marijuana
Pot shown to help chronic pain, chemo-related nausea and muscle spasms in multiple sclerosis, but researchers cite risks, too
January 12, 2017
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UCLA study shows how the brain initiates repair by generating replacement cells after stroke
UCLA researchers have shown that the brain can be repaired – and brain function can be recovered – after a stroke in animals. the discovery could have important implications for treating a mind-robbing condition known as a white matter stroke, a major cause of dementia.
December 21, 2016
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Vaping may lead to fewer respiratory infections for ex-smokers
The majority of smokers who successfully switch to vaping say they have fewer respiratory infections, according to a study. the researchers say that this is because smoking increases susceptibility to respiratory infections and stopping smoking can be expected to have a positive effect. In addition to this, vaping may also provide some antimicrobial protection through the e-liquid ingredient propylene glycol, though further evidence is needed to confirm this.
August 19, 2016
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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)
But you still look like a douche
February 7, 2017
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Vapors from some flavored e-liquids contain high levels of aldehydes
Traditional cigarettes pose a well-established risk to smokers' health, but the effects of electronic cigarettes are still being determined. Helping to flesh out this picture, researchers are reporting what happens to e-liquid flavorings when they're heated inside e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine-delivery systems.
November 30, 2016
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Vitamin C and another drug may combine to limit smoking's assault on lungs
The right combination of chemicals may block the path from smoking to emphysema.
July 11, 2016
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Vomiting Syndrome on the Rise in Heavy Pot Smokers
A small but growing number of heavy marijuana users around the world are getting a rare illness that causes vomiting and abdominal pain, and experts are at a loss to explain why.
February 21, 2017
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Walgreens Still not Kicking Cigarette Habit, But makes some Products Less Visible
Three years after Walgreens said it would evaluate whether or not to continue selling cigarettes, and a year after it said it needed a bit more time to come to a resolution, shareholders for the drugstore chain are questioning the company's choice to continue selling these cancer-causing products.
January 26, 2017
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We Have Sugar to Thank for the American Tobacco Industry
If you've ever tried to give up eating sugar, you know that the sweet stuff has a strong hold on our brains. what you may not realize, though, is that sugar's addictive and delicious power also is part of another common addiction that we've perfected and exported: tobacco.
December 9, 2016
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We now Know Exactly how Much Smoking Screws Up your Lungs
We already knew smoking was bad for our lungs, but a new study shows exactly how many DNA mutations per cell are caused by sucking on those nicotine sticks. If you're interested in obsessively quantifying your bad life choices, know that smoking a pack a day will lead to approximately 150 mutations per lung cell each year.
November 3, 2016
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What do we know about the effects of medical marijuana?
Three ways to look at a topic that's notoriously hard to research: Medicinal pot.
February 21, 2017
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What is Snus?
What if you didn't smoke cigarettes, but you used snus instead? Would you be better off?
July 28, 2016
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What's in Tobacco Smoke? Many Americans don't Know
Surveys show misunderstandings about safety of filters are also common
December 6, 2016
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Why One Colorado Town May Push back on Legal Pot
Pueblo, a town of 110,000 people in the prairie of southern Colorado, has had many identities over its 175 years.
October 30, 2016
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Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes
Kids who continue vaping cite 2 key reasons, study finds
August 08, 2016
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Women Smokers at Higher Risk for Brain Bleed
'Devastating' hemorrhage often affects younger people, neurologist says
July 21, 2016
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Young people exposed to vaping ads less likely to think occasional smoking bad for health
Exposure to advertisements for e-cigarettes may decrease the perceived health risks of occasional tobacco smoking, suggests new research, prompting concern that this may lead more young people to experiment with smoking.
September 6, 2016
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