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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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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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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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Analysis determines odds of a hookah non-smoker taking first puff
A positive attitude toward and desire to take up hookah smoking are the most likely predictors of a young adult becoming a hookah tobacco smoker, researchers found in the first nationally representative analysis of hookah use by young adults over an extended follow-up period.
May 16, 2017
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Anti-smoking drug safe for COPD patients, research suggests
Medication that helps smokers to quit is safe for use by people with chronic lung conditions, research suggests.
May 10, 2017
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Anxiety 'huge risk factor' for cannabis use disorder
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, explore the risk profiles of problematic cannabis users.
October 25, 2017
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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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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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Availability of cheap tobacco undermining efforts to cut smoking
New research highlighting how cheap tobacco is undermining public health initiatives designed to reduce smoking.
July 31, 2017
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Best apps for quitting smoking
Want to stop smoking? Medical News Today have found the best apps to help you on your journey to kicking the habit. These top quit smoking apps have been selected based on the usability of their interface, their design, user ratings, how frequently they are updated, and their ability to help you quit smoking.
May 25, 2017
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Big Tobacco Will Admit In New Ads That All Cigarettes Are Bad For You, Intentionally Addictive
Eleven years after a federal court ordered the country's biggest cigarette producers to produce a series of warning ads informing people about the dangers of their products, Big Tobacco is finally preparing to publish those "corrective statements" in TV ads, newspapers, online, and in cigarette packaging.
October 4, 2017
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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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Cannabidiol appears to protect against long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC
A study reported Sept. 5 by neuroscientists at Indiana University finds that a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis called cannabidiol, or CBD, appears to protect against the long-term negative psychiatric effects of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
September 6, 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 does relieve stress, but only at low doses
One of the most common claims about cannabis is that it relieves stress and helps one to relax. A new study demonstrates that this may well be true, but only at lower doses.
June 6, 2017
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Cannabis for pain and PTSD 'lacks high-quality evidence'
There is not enough high-quality scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis as an effective and safe treatment for chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder.
August 15, 2017
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Cannabis use during adolescence linked to greater risk of illegal substance abuse in early adulthood
According to the study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, regular and occasional use of cannabis as an adolescent is linked with a greater risk of other illicit drug consumption in early adulthood. The study by Bristol's Population Health Science Institute also found that cannabis use was connected with harmful drinking and smoking. One in five adolescents are at a risk of tobacco dependency, harmful alcohol consumption, and illicit drug use.
June 8, 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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Carrot Carbon Monoxide Breath Sensor System for Smoking Cessation Cleared for OTC by FDA
Carrot, a Redwood City, California firm, won FDA clearance for its Carbon Monoxide (CO) Breath Sensor System. It will be available as an over-the-counter product that's designed to help smokers kick the habit as part of smoking cessation programs.
October 9, 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 damage to unborn children revealed in stem cell study
Chemicals found in cigarette smoke have been shown to damage foetal liver cells. Researchers have now developed a novel way to study the effects of maternal smoking on liver tissue using embryonic stem cells.
May 30, 2017
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Cigarette makers shifted stance on nicotine patches, gum, study shows
Businesses that once opposed nicotine replacement therapy now sell it
August 17, 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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Clot removal therapy effective outside six-hour window for some stroke patients
The mantra 'time is brain' still holds for stroke treatment, but for some patients, clot-removal therapy may be effective outside the six-hour window.
May 16, 2017
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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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Comprehensive smokefree laws considered as victory for public health and parliament
Comprehensive smokefree laws including pubs and bars came into force ten years ago. They are rightly considered a victory for public health and a model of good regulation. But they would not have come into effect without strong cross-party support from parliament.
July 4, 2017
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Consistent e-cigarette use does help smokers quit, researchers say
Frequent e-cigarette use does help smokers quit -; a finding that Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers say supports the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid for those trying to quit cigarette smoking. But, they note, an examination of a recent national survey uncovers important clues about who's successful at quitting and why.
August 31, 2017
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Could 'Safer' Filtered Cigarettes Be More Deadly?
New report suggests they're tied to rising rates of an aggressive lung cancer
May 22, 2017
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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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Customized, frequent emails show promise in tobacco cessation
Study shows success rates rivaling medication
May 18, 2017
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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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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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Don't rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors
Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research.
September 28, 2017
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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 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 may influence subsequent cigarette experimentation in never smokers
Young people who have tried an e-cigarette may be more likely to go on to smoke cigarettes compared with those who have not, a study led by University of Stirling researchers has suggested.
July 27, 2017
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E-Cigarettes Can Be Used to Hack Computers, Could Encourage Them to Start Smoking
So-called electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular over the past few years, as the number of people who smoke traditional cigarettes in the United States has continued to decline. Proponents of e-cigarettes have argued that they can help people stop smoking (and I'm personally friends with one former smoker who used e-cigarettes as a stepping stone to quitting nicotine altogether). Proponents also say they're less dangerous than conventional tobacco.
June 16, 2017
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E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but there's a catch
Frequent e-cigarette use does help smokers quit -- a finding that researchers say supports the use of e-cigarettes as a cessation aid for those trying to quit cigarette smoking. But, they note, an examination of a recent national survey uncovers important clues about who's successful at quitting and why.
August 31, 2017
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E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Thing for Teens: Study
But one public health expert questions whether the reported association is valid
June 27, 2017
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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 may activate distinctive and potentially damaging immunme responses, study reveals
A new study, published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggests that e-cigarettes may stimulate distinct immune responses along with the same responses that cigarettes stimulate resulting in lung disease.
October 23, 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-cigarettes should be promoted as a method of stopping smoking
E-cigarettes should be promoted as a method of stopping smoking according to a new report.
October 9, 2017
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E-cigarette use by high school students linked to cigarette smoking
Use of e-cigarettes by high school students was strongly associated with later cigarette smoking, according to a new large study.
October 30, 2017
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E-cigarettes with more nicotine may make teens vape more
Vaping isn't risk-free
October 23, 2017
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E-cigarettes: How safe are they for cardiovascular health?
More and more people turn to e-cigarettes thinking that they are a safe alternative to conventional tobacco-based cigarettes. But are they really? A new study investigates.
August 14, 2017
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E-cigarettes, vaping could save 6.6 million deaths in the USA
Researchers have finally quantified the number of deaths that have been averted by millions of smokers switching from traditional cigarettes to electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. The study titled "Potential deaths averted in USA by replacing cigarettes with e-cigarettes" was published in the latest issue of Tobacco Control.
October 3, 2017
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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 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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Epigenetic changes triggered by cigarette smoke may be earliest step in lung cancer development
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have preliminary evidence in laboratory-grown, human airway cells that a condensed form of cigarette smoke triggers so-called "epigenetic" changes in the cells consistent with the earliest steps toward lung cancer development.
September 12, 2017
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Evolution Not Over for Humans
Study finds natural selection still happening, with gene variants linked to Alzheimer's, smoking fading
September 5, 2017
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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 Considering Lowering Level Of Nicotine Allowed In Cigarettes To Reduce Addiction
Could your future cigarette purchase come with a little less nicotine? It's possible, as the FDA revealed today a new multi-year roadmap intended to protect kids and reduce tobacco-related disease and death.
July 28, 2017
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FDA Looks to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes
Goal is to combat smoking by making it less addictive
July 28, 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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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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Findings suggest e-cigarettes may be just as bad as traditional cigarettes
E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones that cigarettes trigger that can lead to lung disease, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
October 20, 2017
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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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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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Georgia State receives grant to develop mHealth interventions for smoking cessation in China, Vietnam
Researchers at the Georgia State University School of Public Health have received more than $1 million to develop cellphone messaging programs to help smokers kick the habit in China and Vietnam, countries where smoking rates among men are among the highest in the world.
September 6, 2017
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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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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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Habitual cannabis use alters brain oxygen
Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient in cannabis, is linked to changes in how oxygen "travels" through the brain. This may correlate with changes in brain functions in the long-term, a new study argues.
August 16, 2017
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'Healthier alternative' status of e-cigarettes challenged in new study
A new study that looked at immune changes in the airways of the lungs has challenged the idea that e-cigarettes are less harmful to health than conventional tobacco cigarettes.
October 20, 2017
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Healthy heart may protect older adults from disability
A healthy heart is important to the well-being of older adults. The American Heart Association (AHA) defines "ideal cardiovascular health" based on four health behaviors (current smoking, body mass index, physical activity, and healthy diet and three health factors (total cholesterol, blood pressure), and fasting blood glucose level).
October 26, 2017
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'Heart Harm' In Middle Age Can Lead To Dementia
Of greatest importance are diabetes, blood pressure and smoking, researchers say
August 7, 2017
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Heart-healthy middle age tied to lower risk of dementia
The chance of developing dementia is tied to a number of factors, including some that can also influence cardiovascular health, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking. A new study shows that having these risk factors in middle age might increase the likelihood of having dementia later in life.
August 7, 2017
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'Heat-Not-Burn Cigarettes' Aiming for U.S. Market
Researchers caution that potential health concerns remain largely unknown
October 11, 2017
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High school synthetic cannabis users more likely to take other drugs
A recent study found that high school seniors who use synthetic cannabinoids are more likely to use other drugs when compared with students who only use cannabis.
October 24, 2017
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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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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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Identity crisis? Vapers who continue to smoke are in denial about their addiction and could struggle to kick the habit
People who vape as well as smoke traditional cigarettes may find it harder to quit as they don't see themselves as smokers, according to research.
June 26, 2017
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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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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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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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Legalizing marijuana in Canada will jeopardize health of young people
The Canadian Paediatric Society and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have publicly stated that marijuana is not harmless and can have negative effects on the brain, especially young brains.
May 29, 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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Light cigarettes have likely contributed to rise of lung adenocarcinoma, study shows
A new study shows that so-called "light" cigarettes have no health benefits to smokers and have likely contributed to the rise of a certain form of lung cancer that occurs deep in the lungs.
May 22, 2017
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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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Low-dose cannabinoid THC restores memory and learning in old mice
A new study found that while a low dose of the cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol caused young mice to perform worse in learning and memory tasks, it restored age-related learning and memory decline in old mice. However, the researchers warn than more work must be done before it can be said that the cannabis compound might reverse cognitive decline in elderly humans.
May 8, 2017
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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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Maine Raises Legal Smoking Age To 21
As the Food and Drug Administration considers lowering the level of nicotine in cigarettes to reduce the likelihood of addiction, some states and cities have taken it upon themselves to discourage smoking at a young age. This week, Maine joined New Jersey, California, and Hawaii to raise the minimum legal smoking age to 21.
August 4, 2017
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Marijuana and 'spice' could trigger seizures, study says
While a number of studies have suggested that marijuana may be effective for reducing seizures, new research cautions that potent and synthetic forms of the drug have the opposite effect.
September 25, 2017
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Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot
People who use it frequently twice as likely to have periodontal disease, researchers say
June 1, 2017
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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 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 linked to greater psychosis risk in teens
Studies have long suggested a link between marijuana use and psychosis. New research sheds further light on this association, after finding that teenagers who increase their use of the drug are more likely to experience psychotic-like episodes.
July 4, 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 may lead to cerebral palsy in offspring
Smoking during pregnancy can be harmful for both mother and baby. Now, a new study provides further evidence that maternal smoking is a risk factor for cerebral palsy in offspring, and it has shed light on the mechanisms behind this association.
October 9, 2017
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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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MindMaze's MindMotion Pro System Uses VR to Treat Stroke-Related Impairments
MindMaze is putting its expertise and seed funding to good use. the company announced that it's bringing its MindMotion Pro system to America to help treat stroke-related ambulatory impairment and other brain trauma injuries, following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
May 16, 2017
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Mislabeling of cannabidiol products poses safety and efficacy issues for consumers
Growing consumer demand for cannabis-related products purported to have medicinal benefits has created an environment where people are using mislabeled cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online.
November 7, 2017
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More Depressed Pregnant Women Smoking
More than 1 in 3 smoke, compared to 1 in 10 who aren't depressed, U.S. survey finds
August 14, 2017
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Most common myths about use of e-cigarettes
The Government has recently announced its 'Tobacco Control Plan' which aims to slash smoking rates from 15.5% to 12% of the population by 2022.
August 4, 2017
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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 research finds increase in smoking rates among pregnant women with depression
Smoking is increasing among pregnant women with depression in the United States, according to new research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York. Smoking rates for pregnant women with depression climbed 2.5 percent from 2002 to 2014, in contrast to a decrease among other groups.
August 8, 2017
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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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New Technique Employing Copper Hydroxide Nanoparticles Reduces Toxic Effects of Cigarettes
A technique for reducing the toxic effects of commercially available cigarettes has been developed by chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU). The number of smokers around the world is on the rise despite the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 6 million people die every year due to tobacco consumption.
May 30, 2017
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New York State Bans E-Cigarettes From Public Indoor Spaces
In a move that will push e-cigarettes outside with regular cigarettes, New York has banned vaping in any public indoor space that already prohibits traditional smoking.
October 24, 2017
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Nicotine poisoning symptoms: Can you overdose on too much nicotine?
Nicotine, found naturally in tobacco plants, is the chemical responsible for the addictive nature of cigarettes, cigars, and many e-cigarettes.
October 6, 2017
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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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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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Peer influence doubles smoking risk for adolescents
Teens from collectivistic cultures also more swayed by peers than those in individualistic cultures
August 21, 2017
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Peer influence on adolescent smoking found to be more powerful in collectivist cultures
The way things stand now, tobacco use will kill one billion people in the 21st century. In the United States, 90 percent of smokers pick up the habit by age 18, making adolescence a critical time for smoking-prevention efforts.
August 21, 2017
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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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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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Pot a Factor in ER Admissions for Colorado Teens
Number of urgent care cases where teen showed pot use rose 4-fold after legalization, study finds
May 5, 2017
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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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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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Putting some skin in the microfluidics game
When smokers slap on a nicotine patch, they rely on the controlled transfer of drugs through the skin to help them break their addiction. A*STAR researchers have developed a technology that can facilitate transdermal drug delivery by improving testing of skin permeation.
November 1, 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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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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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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Roundworms may provide new clues to nicotine dependence
Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence, and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult.
November 7, 2017
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Running group helps half its graduates quit smoking
Half the people who completed a 10-week community running program aimed at helping them quit smoking were successful in their attempt. Many others reduced their smoking, and saw their mental health improve.
September 12, 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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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 exposure before birth may affect lungs into adulthood
Adult susceptibility to lung diseases may depend on prenatal exposure to secondhand smoke. So suggest scientists who found that exposing pregnant mice to secondhand smoke caused changes in the lung function and structure of their offspring that lasted into adulthood.
June 28, 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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Smoker's cough: Symptoms, causes, and home remedies
People who smoke often develop a cough. This cough is caused by the body clearing out the chemicals that enter the airways and lungs through tobacco use.
August 14, 2017
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Smokers 20 percent more likely to quit when cigarettes cost $1 more
Smokers were found to be 20 percent more likely to quit smoking when packs of cigarettes cost just one dollar more, according to a new public health study.
August 18, 2017
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Smokers with low muscle mass may be likelier to die
Smoking causes a wide range of diseases. New research suggests that a loss in chest muscle mass may indicate a higher risk of mortality in smokers.
May 22, 2017
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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 increases risk of developing frailty in older adults
A recent paper published in Age & Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher risk.
August 17, 2017
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Smoking linked to frailty in older adults
A recent article finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher risk.
August 17, 2017
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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 On the Rise in Movies Aimed at Young: Study
Rise prompts call for R rating on movies that show or imply tobacco use
July 6, 2017
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Smoking out sources of in-home air pollution
A new study finds that cigarette and marijuana smoking, as well as candles, cleaning products and frying food, all harm a household's air quality
May 18, 2017
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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 raises risk of aneurysm recurrence after endovascular treatment
A history of smoking significantly increases the chance that survivors will experience recurrence of a brain aneurysm, according to a new study. Researchers say it's a serious reminder about the importance of smoking cessation, especially for patients who undergo endovascular aneurysm treatment.
August 17, 2017
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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 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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'Social Smoking' Still Boosts Health Risks
Study found lighting up occasionally as damaging to blood vessel health as regular smoking
May 5, 2017
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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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Stoked! Weed may light the flame for a roll in the hay
Many states permit the use of medical marijuana. Now there's evidence that pot might work as "marital marijuana," revving up sex drives in both men and women.
October 31, 2017
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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 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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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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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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Tiny worms may offer new clues about why it's so hard to quit smoking
Researchers have found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence, and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult.
November 7, 2017
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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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Treacherous correlation in the brain from smoking
Out with the cigarette pack, put a cigarette in the mouth and light up. That is a well-known action for a smoker and, at the same time, behavior which has a stronger connection to actual drug dependency than was previously believed, research has now revealed.
October 12, 2017
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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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University of Leicester researchers receive funding to explore vaping among adolescents
University of Leicester research team receives grant from Cancer Research UK to explore adolescent use of e-cigarettes
July 26, 2017
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US states, cities moving to restrict vaping
Puffing e-cigarettes in public places is getting much harder to do.
October 25, 2017
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Using high-nicotine e-cigarettes may boost vaping and smoking in teens
Vaping e-cigarettes with high amounts of nicotine appears to impact how often and how heavily teens smoke and vape in the future, a new study finds.
October 25, 2017
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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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Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles
Watchdog admits it's a legal minefield
August 16, 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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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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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 happens after you quit smoking: A timeline
Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Despite this, some smokers find quitting daunting. They think it will take a very long time before seeing improvements in their health and well-being.
June 16, 2017
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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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When It Pays to Quit, More People Stop Smoking
Financial rewards and personalized support can improve a smoker's chances of quitting, a new study finds.
October 30, 2017
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WHO: Tobacco Isn't Just Bad For Humans, It's Also Killing The Environment
From cancer to heart disease and many things in between, the health effects of smoking tobacco are well known. But a new report from the United Nation's World Health Organization tries to show how all this smoke has affected the environment.
May 30, 2017
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WHO's response to Philip Morris' new $80M research foundation: Shove it
They worded their statement nicely, of course.
October 2, 2017
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World No Smoking Day: Increasing the price of tobacco by 5% reduces consumption by 3.5%
In a 30-year-old study into pricing policy and tobacco consumption, it was found that increasing prices by only 1% reduces consumption by 0.5%. The results have now been published to mark World No Smoking Day on 31 May. Today a 1% increase in the price of tobacco reduces consumption by as much as 0.69%.
May 29, 2017
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