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AHA: Hookah Smoking Trendy, Despite Evidence of Health Risks

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TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association) – While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity – hookah smoking – and researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults. Once seen as an exotic pastime and cultural phenomenon in the Middle East, hookah smoking spread to Europe and North America in ...

A Better Strategy for Quitting Smoking

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FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 – Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but studies have found that one strategy in particular can help many people: Start anti-smoking medication well before your intended quit date. Under traditional prescribing guidelines, people who plan to quit smoking with the help of a medication begin taking their anti-smoking drug about one week before their set quit ...

Friends' Vaping Could Pose Danger to Kids With Asthma

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 – Add another danger that e-cigarettes pose to teenagers: A new study finds secondhand exposure to vaping may raise the chances of asthma attacks in adolescents with the respiratory condition. Middle school and high school students with asthma were 27 percent more likely to have suffered an asthma attack if they'd been exposed to vapor from someone else's e-cigarette use, ...

Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 – Electronic cigarette users take in lower levels of potentially harmful compounds than smokers, a new study shows. But e-cigarette users are exposed to much higher levels of these compounds than people who don't use the devices and don't smoke. "The findings are striking, because we now have solid evidence that e-cigarettes – while they still expose users to some ...

Some E-Cig Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Drugs: FDA

Posted 12 Dec 2018 by

Consumers should not use two e-cigarette liquids that contain erectile dysfunction drugs because they may pose health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The two HelloCig e-liquids contain tadalafil and sildenafil, the main ingredients in two of the most popular male enhancement drugs (Cialis and Viagra) on the market, according to the FDA, CNN reported. Lab tests found ...

Smokers Who Roll Their Own Less Likely to Quit

Posted 7 Dec 2018 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Smokers who roll their own cigarettes are less likely to try to kick the habit and cost may be the reason why, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 38,000 adults in England who were smokers or who had quit in the past year. About 56 percent said they smoked only factory-made cigarettes, while nearly 37 percent said they smoked only roll-your-own ...

Millions of Americans Still Breathing Secondhand Smoke: Report

Posted 7 Dec 2018 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Despite three decades of declines in secondhand smoke exposure, 58 million Americans – children included – are still breathing in tobacco fumes, federal health officials reported Thursday. Nearly 40 percent of children aged 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke, as are nearly 50 percent of the poor and almost 40 percent of people living in apartments, according to ...

AHA: How to Stop Smoking … for Good

Posted 5 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Nobody knows who first said, "To succeed, you first have to fail." But it's a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. "We've heard about people who say, 'That's it!' and they stop for good. But that's pretty rare," said tobacco ...

Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers: Study

Posted 30 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Smokers who switch to vaping can have the occasional cigarette without a complete relapse, new research suggests. The study included 40 people who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes (vaping). About half said they had either brief or regular tobacco smoking relapses, particularly in social situations. However, they didn't view such slip-ups as the end of their attempt to ...

As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell

Posted 21 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims. Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smoking. Instead, smoking among teens dropped off ...

Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit: Study

Posted 17 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 – Could vapers be a good influence on smokers? New research suggests that's so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking. The study included more than 13,000 smokers in England. Of those, nearly 26 percent said they regularly spent time with e-cigarette users. Among that group, about 32 percent ...

1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes: CDC

Posted 16 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional smokes, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of high school teens who started vaping, as e-cigarette use is called, increased from 220,000 (1.5 percent) to just over 3 million (20.8 ...

FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cig Sales, Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The move against flavored e-cigarettes stops short of the full ban that had been expected from the agency. Instead, sales of these products – thought to be especially alluring to teens – will only be allowed in ...

Under Pressure, Juul Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Juul Labs, which commands 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market, announced Tuesday that it would cease selling most flavored versions of its popular vaping pods in retail stores. The company said it would also terminate its social media productions related to the flavored products. The announcement comes after increasing pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug ...

Breaking the Smoking-Drinking Connection

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Smoking and drinking often go hand-in-hand, stimulating pleasure centers in the brain. But there's even more to this unhealthy relationship than meets the eye. Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for y ...

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