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Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Posted 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says. Even a single daily cigarette can raise your odds for an early death, the research showed. "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke," said study author Maki Inoue-Choi, who's with the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). "Smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke," she added in an institute news release. In the study, Inoue-Choi's team tracked data on more than 290,000 older Americans, aged 59 to 82. The investigators wanted to assess the risks of "light" smoking – defined as 10 or fewer cigarettes a day. All of the smokers were asked about their smoking habits at nine different points in their lives, beginning with before they turned 15 until after they reached the age of ... Read more

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Plastic Surgeons Urge Giving Up E-Cigs Before Procedure

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Plastic surgery patients should avoid smoking e-cigarettes for at least four weeks before their procedures, two plastic surgeons advise. Patients who smoke are believed to face a higher risk of skin flap failure, apparently because nicotine reduces blood flow, the surgeons said. "Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use," said Dr. Peter Taub,, of Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Alan Matarasso of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Both are in New York City. "Refraining from [e-cigarette] use four weeks before surgery is a prudent course of action, despite the fact that it has yet to be determined if the effects are similar to traditional cigarettes," they added. The doctors noted that there are still plenty of unanswered questions about the safety of e-cigarettes, which produce ... Read more

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Flavored E-Cig Liquids May Contain Toxic Substances

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 2, 2016 – Some of the liquid flavorings heated in e-cigarettes appear to break down into potentially dangerous compounds, researchers say. It's not yet clear what this might mean for the health of electronic cigarette users. Whatever the case, e-cigarettes are popular. A 2015 federal survey suggested that 4 percent of U.S. adults use the devices on a regular basis. Nearly 13 percent say they've tried them. But what exactly is in the vapor from e-cigarettes? According to a statement provided by the American Chemical Society, research suggests that the heat converts the "e-liquids" into toxic compounds. For the new study, Andrey Khlystov, from the department of atmospheric sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev., and colleagues analyzed vapor from three types of e-cigarettes loaded with flavored and unflavored e-liquids. The researchers reported that just one ... Read more

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Smoking Raises Heart Attack Risk 8-Fold in People Under 50

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – All smokers face a higher risk of heart attack, but the threat is particularly high among those under 50, a new study finds. Compared to former smokers and nonsmokers in their age group, heart attack risk was nearly 8.5 times higher for smokers younger than 50, British researchers found. One expert in smoking and health who reviewed the report said the findings underline the importance of keeping youth and cigarettes apart. "Through comprehensive tobacco-control programs that include environmental smoking bans, high taxes on cigarettes, and anti-tobacco media campaigns, we can decrease the rates of smoking/tobacco use, heart disease and many other health conditions," said Patricia Folan. She directs the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. The study found that smokers at older ages faced higher heart risks, as well. Compared to ... Read more

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Tobacco Flavors Draw in Young Folks

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Flavored tobacco products attract young people who also consider them less harmful, researchers say. The University of North Carolina team reviewed 40 studies conducted in the United States and other countries to assess people's attitudes about non-menthol tobacco flavors such as cherry, cotton candy and coffee. "We found that flavors for most tobacco products have a universal and rather strong appeal to youth and young adults, and that they were perceived as less harmful among younger people," said review first author Li-Ling Huang in a university news release. She is a research collaborator at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. For example, some of the studies found that cigarette packs without flavor descriptions were less appealing to girls and young women. And a study from the United Kingdom found that teens believed that e-cigarettes with cherry ... Read more

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E-Cigarettes Not Good to Gums, Study Finds

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2016 – Electronic cigarettes could be as harmful to gums and teeth as regular cigarettes are, a new study suggests. In laboratory experiments, researchers at the University of Rochester in New York exposed nonsmokers' gum tissue to e-cigarette vapors. Their findings appear to counter arguments that the battery-operated devices are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. "We showed that when the vapors from an e-cigarette are burned, it causes cells to release inflammatory proteins," said study leader Irfan Rahman. These, in turn, "aggravate stress within cells, resulting in damage that could lead to various oral diseases," explained Rahman, a professor of environmental medicine in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. "How much and how often someone is smoking e-cigarettes will determine the extent of damage to the gums and oral cavity," Rahman added in a ... Read more

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Most Elderly Smokers Don't Use Anti-Smoking Meds After Heart Attack

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Many elderly smokers who've had a heart attack fail to fill prescriptions for medications designed to help them quit smoking, a new study finds. "These findings come as no surprise for geriatricians and health care professionals who face on a daily basis the challenges of recognizing and managing the complexity of caring for older adults," said Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, who reviewed the new findings. She directs geriatric education at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. She noted that elderly patients face many challenges, such as "multiple medical conditions, which often include depression and forgetfulness." That can make it tough for them to initiate and stick with a quit-smoking regimen such as medications, lozenges or patches, Wolf-Klein said. The new study was led by Dr. Neha Pagidipati of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. It was scheduled for ... Read more

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Heavy Smoking May Boost Blacks' Diabetes Risk

Posted 14 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 13, 2016 – Black Americans who smoke a pack or more a day of cigarettes may be at higher risk for diabetes, a new study finds. "Smoking cessation should be strongly encouraged in blacks with risk factors for diabetes," concluded a team led by Wendy White, a health science professor at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss. The researchers tracked outcomes for nearly 3,000 black participants enrolled in the Jackson Heart study. During the study, 466 of the participants were diagnosed with diabetes. The risk of diabetes was similar among those who smoked less than a pack a day, former smokers and those who never smoked, the researchers found. However, "high intensity" smokers – who smoked a pack or more a day – had a 62 percent greater risk of developing diabetes, White's team found. The study couldn't prove that smoking caused the diabetes, but it did point to an ... Read more

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Fewer in U.S. Smoke, But Smoking's Death Toll Continues

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – There's good news and bad news on smoking: Rates of smoking in the United States have tumbled to new lows, but health officials still estimate that four out of every 10 cancers is linked to the habit. The latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that cigarette smoking dropped from 21 percent of U.S. adults (45 million) in 2005 to 15 percent (37 million) in 2015. But in a Thursday media briefing, CDC officials also stressed that as many as 40 percent of cancers may be related to tobacco use. "Although smoking rates are at an all-time low, tobacco causes cancer of at least 12 parts of the body, accounts for three in 10 cancer deaths, and will kill 6 million current smokers unless we implement programs that help them quit," CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said during the briefing. The CDC notes that besides triggering lung cancer, ... Read more

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E-Cigs Tied to More Frequent, Heavier Teen Tobacco Use

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 8, 2016 – Teens who regularly "vape" e-cigarettes are more likely to become frequent and heavy cigarette smokers, new research finds. A survey of students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools found that teens who vape frequently are more than twice as likely to start smoking "on about a weekly basis," said lead researcher Adam Leventhal. Further, these teenagers are twice as likely to smoke more cigarettes on days when they do smoke, Leventhal added. "The more you vape, the more likely in the future you're going to be smoking (cigarettes). You're going to be smoking more frequently and you're going to smoke more cigarettes per day on your smoking days," Leventhal said. He is an associate professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. However, the study only found an association between ... Read more

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Flavored E-Cigarettes May Entice Teens to Smoke: Study

Posted 7 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 – Fruit- or candy-flavored electronic cigarettes may entice American teens to start smoking tobacco, a new study suggests. Using data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey, researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City found that among middle school and high school students who had never smoked, 58 percent who used flavored e-cigarettes said they intended to start smoking tobacco cigarettes. "Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly," study author Hongying Dai said. She's an associate professor of health services and outcomes at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. "The majority of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes started with a flavored product," Dai added. Flavored e-cigarettes aren't prohibited in the United States. More than 460 brands and ... Read more

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Graphic Cigarette Pack Labels May Cut U.S. Smoking Deaths

Posted 3 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 3, 2016 – Graphically depicting the health consequences of smoking on U.S. cigarette packs would save more than 650,000 lives and prevent tens of thousands of preterm births and low birth weight babies by 2065, a new study suggests. The analysis provides the first estimates of how American adults and infants would be affected by adding pictorial warnings to cigarette packs. "By any standard, this would be considered a very, very successful public health intervention," said study author David Levy. He is a professor of oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. An estimated 45 million U.S. adults smoke, accounting for nearly half a million preventable deaths and an estimated $300 billion in medical costs and productivity losses each year, according to the study authors' background notes. Yet warning labels depicting the physical toll of smoking ... Read more

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Smokers Also Use E-Cigarettes: CDC

Posted 30 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 30, 2016 – Many American adults who use electronic cigarettes also smoke tobacco cigarettes, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey reveals. The survey found that in 2015, 59 percent of all adult e-cigarette users were also current cigarette smokers. The survey also showed that 30 percent of e-cigarette users were former smokers and 11 percent using the devices had never smoked. Among young adults ages 18 to 24, 40 percent of e-cigarette users were never smokers, 43 percent were current smokers and 17 percent were former smokers. "If there is a public health benefit to the emergence of e-cigarettes, it will come only if they are effective at helping smokers stop using cigarettes completely, responsibly marketed to adult smokers and properly regulated to achieve these goals," said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Altogether, ... Read more

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More American Adults Think E-Cigs as Harmful as Cigarettes: Survey

Posted 27 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2016 – The percentage of American adults who believe that electronic cigarettes are as bad as tobacco cigarettes has tripled in recent years, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the responses of nearly 16,000 adults who took part in national surveys conducted in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by the Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. The percentage of smokers who said e-cigarettes posed an equal or greater health threat rose from nearly 12 percent in 2012 to 35 percent in 2015. In addition, the percentage who thought e-cigarettes were addictive rose from 25 percent to nearly 57 percent over that time period, the findings showed. Similar trends occurred among nonsmokers, according to the study. "Although the impact of long-term use of e-cigarettes on health is still unknown, the available scientific evidence ... Read more

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3 in 4 Teens Think E-Cigarettes Safer Than Tobacco: Survey

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – Close to three-quarters of American teenagers believe e-cigarettes are less harmful or addictive than real cigarettes, a new study finds. The same can't be said for their notions about the safety of cigars and smokeless tobacco. And the perception of the safety of these products is directly related to how popular they are, the researchers added. "E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth, and the increases in e-cigarettes' perceived safety mirrors rapid increases observed in their use," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Amrock, from the department of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. "Our research thus provides a missing descriptive link into the underpinnings between these products' rising popularity," he said. E-cigarettes, powered by battery, heat up a liquid containing nicotine, flavorings and ... Read more

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