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More College Kids Smoke Pot Now Than Cigarettes, Survey Finds

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – On college campuses nationwide, daily cigarette smoking appears to be in steep decline while the rate of smoking pot each day climbs, well, higher. In fact, a new study shows that, for the first time, more U.S. college students (6 percent) now smoke a joint each day than light up a cigarette (5 percent). The findings are based on 2014 data collected from more than a thousand college students across the country. The Monitoring the Future study, which has tracked trends on college campuses for 41 years, is funded by the U.S. National Institutes on Drug Abuse. "It's clear that for the past seven or eight years there has been an increase in marijuana use among the nation's college students," study leader Lloyd Johnston, a research professor at the University of Michigan, said in a university news release. "This largely parallels an increase we have been seeing ... Read more

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U.S. Smoking Rate Falls to 15 Percent: CDC

Posted 1 day 5 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – The U.S. smoking rate continues to decline, with just over 15 percent of adults reporting they're current smokers, a new government survey reveals. That's down from nearly 17 percent in 2014 and almost 18 percent in 2013. The falloff reflects a continued decline that started in 2010 after a decade of no progress against smoking, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Higher tobacco taxes, tough anti-smoking messages and smoke-free laws that ban smoking from indoor and outdoor areas appear to be dissuading even hard-core, heavily addicted smokers from continuing the habit, said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. "I hear from smokers all the time, 'When I can't smoke here, I can't smoke there, when people see me smoke they look at me like I'm a pariah – it ... Read more

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Many Parents Unaware of Dangers E-Cigarettes Pose to Little Kids: Survey

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 – Many parents don't understand that the liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes poses a serious danger to young children, a new survey indicates. The liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes is often fruit-flavored, which makes it appealing to youngsters. Consuming a teaspoon of this liquid can be deadly to a child, and smaller amounts can cause nausea and vomiting that require emergency care, experts warn. Children can also become sick if the liquid nicotine comes into contact with their skin. "These are largely avoidable risks, but because e-cigarettes are relatively new, many people – including pediatricians – aren't aware of the dangers or the steps that should be taken to protect children from them," study first author Dr. Jane Garbutt, a professor of medicine and of pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, said in a university news release. She ... Read more

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After Heart Attack, Quitting Smoking Boosts Mental Health, Quality of Life

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – A new study offers more evidence that quitting smoking after a heart attack is a no-brainer: Researchers found it reduces chest pain and boosts mental health and quality of life. The study looked at more than 4,000 American adults who were assessed one, six and 12 months after suffering a heart attack. It included patients who were smokers at the time of their heart attack (37 percent), smokers who quit before their heart attack (34 percent) and people who never smoked (29 percent). Forty-six percent of current smokers quit smoking within a year after their heart attacks, the researchers found. Patients who had never smoked had the best health by the end of the follow-up period. The health of smokers who didn't quit after their heart attack continued to decline. They were more likely to have chest pain, poorer physical functioning and quality of life, along ... Read more

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Many Young Adults Think Hookahs, E-Cigs Safer Than Cigarettes

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – Many young American adults believe electronic cigarettes and water pipes are safer than traditional cigarettes, a new study finds. "This is concerning as it suggests that even a substantial proportion of nonsmokers may view hookah as being a relatively safer and acceptable way to use tobacco," wrote study authors Cristine Delnevo and Olivia Wackowski, of Rutgers University in New Jersey. Those younger than 25 were more likely than those aged 25 to 34 to say that hookahs (water pipes) and e-cigarettes were safer than cigarettes, according to an analysis of results from the National Young Adult Health Survey. Nearly 2,900 smokers and nonsmokers aged 18 to 34 participated. Overall, nearly 58 percent of the respondents said e-cigarettes were less risky than cigarettes, and more than 11 percent said they were unsure. More than 24 percent of smokers and nonsmokers ... Read more

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Revamp Abdominal Aneurysm Screening, Save More Men's Lives: Study

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 – A change in screening policies could help detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms in older men and save more lives, a new study claims. Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a potentially deadly bulging of the aorta, the body's largest blood vessel. The aorta extends from the heart down to the abdomen, supplying blood there and to the rest of the body. Major risk factors for an aortic aneurysm include smoking, high blood pressure, older age and being male. Currently, men aged 65 and older are screened in the United States and Europe, but the study authors said that a growing number of deaths from abdominal aortic aneurysms occur among people aged 75 and older, and that the number is likely to shift to those over 85 in coming decades. They also noted that most of the ruptured aortic aneurysms among people between the ages of 65 and 75 occur in male smokers. Screening ... Read more

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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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E-Cigs May Spur Teens to Try Smoking: Study

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Concerns that e-cigarettes are a stepping stone to smoking for teens appear to have merit, new research suggests. Los Angeles-area teenagers who had never smoked before were three to four times more likely to try cigarettes or other tobacco products after they'd experimented with an e-cigarette, according to the findings published in the Aug. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "More teens have been using e-cigarettes for recreational uses, including teens who've never smoked before," said study author Adam Leventhal, an associate professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "Because nicotine is such an addictive drug, it makes sense that if you enjoy the experience of inhaling nicotine, you might be more willing to experiment with other products that ... Read more

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Smoking, Early Menopause May Shorten Life Span: Study

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Smoking and early menopause are a dangerous combination that might shorten life span, a new Swedish study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than 25,000 Swedish women who were followed for 16 years. Almost 6,000 women died in that period, and the team found that women who began menopause at age 40 died at a median age that was 1.3 years younger than those who began menopause at age 60. Current smokers died at a median age that was 2.5 years younger than former smokers and those who never smoked. Among current smokers, those who entered menopause at age 40 died at a median age that was 2.6 years younger than those who entered menopause at age 60. Menopause before age 40 is considered premature. The study was published online Aug. 5 in the journal Menopause. Smoking worsens the effects of estrogen deficiency in women who go through menopause at a younger ... Read more

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Health Tip: Smoking Can Lead to Bone Injury

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Most people know that smoking is bad for your lungs and heart, but experts say it also may take a toll on your bones and muscles. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says smoking: Raises the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Makes your bones and muscles more vulnerable to injury and disease. Increases healing time from fractures. Increases the risk of complications after surgery. May increase the risk of bone fractures. Read more

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Liquid Nicotine From E-Cigs Poses Poison Danger to Kids

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Nicotine poisoning is a growing concern for American children, but proposed U.S. federal government regulations alone aren't enough to solve the problem, an expert says. The increasing popularity of electronic cigarettes has led to a number of cases of nicotine poisoning in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hopes to require warning labels and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine products, such as those used in e-cigarettes. Even a small amount of liquid nicotine can be lethal, Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, said in a university news release. The proposed FDA measures would help, but it's important for adults to consistently use the provided childproofing features and to keep all sources of nicotine out of children's ... Read more

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Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that's preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, or by tingling in the hands or face. The study participants were followed for an average of 11 years to see how many had a heart attack or stroke. The findings were published online July 22 in the journal Neurology. The researchers did not find an association between migraine and the risk of either heart attack or stroke in nonsmokers. But among smokers, migraine was associated with a threefold increased risk of stroke. However, even though the study found an association between migraine and stroke risk in smokers, it did not ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Linked by Common Risk Factors

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, a new study reports. "We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] impairment," study lead author Dr. Kevin King said in a news release from the journal Radiology. "Our findings give us a more concrete idea about the relationship between specific vascular risk factors and brain health," said King, an assistant professor of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The study was published in the July 28 issue of the journal. Prior research has linked heart risk factors and mental decline, but this study focused on specific risk factors and three brain structures – the hippocampus, precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex – that play a role in memory. The ... Read more

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Teens Using E-Cigs More Prone to Take Up Smoking: Study

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Teenagers who use electronic cigarettes may be more likely to smoke the real thing, new research suggests. The study, which included almost 2,100 California high school students, found that one-quarter had ever "vaped" (tried e-cigarettes). Ten percent of the teens were currently using e-cigarettes. And those current users were much more likely than their peers to also smoke cigarettes. One-third of e-cigarette users also smoked tobacco cigarettes, versus 1 percent of kids who'd never vaped. Researchers said the findings do not prove e-cigarettes act as a gateway to tobacco use. But they raise the possibility that e-cigarettes are encouraging a more tobacco-friendly culture among kids, said study leader Jessica Barrington-Trimis, a researcher at the University of Southern California. The study also found that most kids who used e-cigarettes also had friends or ... Read more

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