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FDA Takes Aim at Flavored Tobacco

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TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – In an effort to discourage teens from lighting up, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it's considering regulating flavors in tobacco products more closely. "The concerns around flavors in tobacco are not new. For years, we have recognized that flavors in these products appeal to kids and promote youth initiation [of smoking]," said FDA Commissioner ...

Health Tip: Quit Smoking

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-- Smoking is associated with 1 in 5 deaths in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The agency suggests these methods that may help you quit: Commit to quitting and get motivated to make a change. Get support from friends and family. Consider using medicine to help you quit, and if you do, use it correctly. Take up a new hobby as a distraction. Be ...

More U.S. Teens Seeing Ads for E-Cigarettes

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THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – A new report finds the number of American teens who view ads extolling the pleasures of e-cigarettes is on the rise. Since studies show that ads for tobacco products are tied to upticks in use, the trend is worrisome, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, "among U.S. middle and high school students during 2014-2016, ...

Hearing Loss Joins Long List of Smoking Harms

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THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – You can add hearing loss to the many health risks of smoking, new research suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed eight years of health data on more than 50,000 people in Japan. After accounting for work-related noise exposure and other hearing loss risk factors, the investigators found that smokers were 1.2 to 1.6 times more likely to suffer hearing loss than ...

Teens Often Think E-Cigs, Hookah Pipes Harmless: CDC

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THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Teenagers who use tobacco products other than cigarettes often see their habit as harmless, a new U.S. government survey finds. The report, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asked teenagers whether they considered themselves tobacco users. It turned out that kids who favored products like electronic cigarettes, hookahs (water ...

FDA Considers Lowering Nicotine Levels in Cigarettes

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THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it plans to cut the amount of addictive nicotine in the nation's cigarettes. "As part of our comprehensive plan on tobacco and nicotine regulation announced last summer, we're issuing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to explore a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to ...

E-Cigarettes Doing More Harm Than Good: Study

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WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Electronic cigarettes do little to help smokers quit, and could actually increase the likelihood that teens and young adults will start smoking, a new study suggests. "E-cigarettes will likely cause more public health harm than public health benefit unless ways can be found to substantially decrease the number of adolescents and young adults who vape and increase the ...

Ban Menthols to Help Some Smokers Quit

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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – After the Canadian province of Ontario banned menthol cigarettes, many smokers responded by trying to kick the habit, a new study finds. Some experts suspect such a ban might help cut down smoking in the United States, too. The Ontario ban was implemented January 2017. Researchers found that within one month of the ban taking effect, 29 percent of menthol smokers they ...

Smoking Bans May Not Rid Casinos of Smoke

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Toxic residue from smoking remains on surfaces inside a casino for months after smoking has been banned there, a new study has found. "Casinos are unusual environments because of the amount of smoking that takes place 24/7 over long periods of time," said the study's lead author, Georg Matt. He is a psychology professor at San Diego State University. "Over years of ...

Kids Who Vape Face Toxin Dangers, Study Finds

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MONDAY, March 5, 2018 – Teenagers who use e-cigarettes expose themselves to cancer-causing toxins, particularly if they choose fruit-flavored products, a new study reports. Urine tests revealed elevated levels of five different toxins in the bodies of teens who use e-cigarettes (often called vaping). And all of the toxins are known or suspected carcinogens, said lead researcher Dr. Mark ...

1 in 14 Pregnant Women Still Smokes

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – Though the dangers of smoking during pregnancy to both mother and baby are well-known, just over 7 percent of women still light up while pregnant, a new government report shows. Younger and less educated moms-to-be were the most likely to continue puffing on cigarettes while pregnant, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S. Centers for ...

Strong Tobacco Laws May Weed Out Vapers, Too

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Along with reducing conventional smoking, anti-tobacco laws in the United States may tamp down use of electronic cigarettes, a new study suggests. New York University researchers found that states with anti-tobacco regulations – such as smoke-free air laws and cigarette taxes – had fewer vapers as well as fewer cigarette smokers. "Our research adds to the understanding ...

Toxic Metals Found in E-Cigarette Vapor

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – If you think that "vaping" is a safe alternative to smoking, new research suggests you might be inadvertently inhaling unsafe levels of toxic metals. Scientists say the tiny metal coils that heat the liquid nitrogen in e-cigarettes may contaminate the resulting vapor with lead, chromium, manganese and nickel. The finding raises the possibility that e-cigarettes are not ...

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the ...

Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

Posted 18 Feb 2018 by

SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 – You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. "It's hard to find a part of the body not ...

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