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HIV and Smoking a Lethal Combo for the Lungs

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – HIV patients who take their medication but also smoke are about 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from AIDS-related causes, a new study estimates. Lifesaving antiretroviral drugs have improved life expectancy to the point that patients now have more to fear from tobacco than HIV, said lead researcher Dr. Krishna Reddy. "Thanks to antiretroviral medicines, people with HIV are living longer," said Reddy, a pulmonologist and critical care doctor with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The bad news is that they're living long enough to get cancer." Based on the new findings, smoking cessation should be a focus of treatment, he and his colleagues said. More than 40 percent of people with HIV are smokers, a rate more than double that of the general population, Reddy said. Fatalism and depression among HIV patients often lead them to take up ... Read more

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Higher Cigarette Taxes May Mean Fewer Infant Deaths

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 18, 2017 – A new European study finds that when the price of cigarettes rises, infant deaths decline. The finding didn't surprise one U.S. expert in child health, because when fewer mothers can afford to smoke any longer – or take up the habit – their kids' health improves. "The association between maternal smoking and infant mortality has been known for decades," said Dr. Michael Grosso, chair of pediatrics at Huntington Hospital, in Huntington, N.Y. "Previous studies have identified strong associations with respiratory diseases in infancy, and the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) appears to be doubled in the setting of maternal tobacco use," he noted. In the new research, a team led by Filippos Filippidis, of Imperial College London, tracked data on cigarette prices and infant deaths in 23 European Union countries between 2004 and 2014. During that time, ... Read more

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Do E-Cigarettes Damage Blood Vessels?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Nicotine in e-cigarettes may cause stiffened arteries, which can lead to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, a small Swedish study suggests. With the dramatic increase in e-cigarette use ("vaping") over the past few years, questions have arisen about their safety. And while many people think the devices are harmless, especially compared with regular cigarettes, little is known about long-term effects of these devices, according to lead researcher Magnus Lundback, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. "Increased arterial stiffness has previously been demonstrated following exposure to conventional cigarettes," said Lundback, who is a research leader and clinical registrar at the Danderyd University Hospital. "We think that chronic exposure to e-cigarettes with nicotine may lead to stiffer arteries and, in the long run, an increased risk of ... Read more

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E-Cigs May Help Smokers Quit, But Only If They Use Them Instead of Tobacco

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – E-cigarettes can help smokers quit, but only if they discard tobacco in favor of vaping nearly every day, a new study suggests. Former smokers are nearly three times more likely to abstain from cigarette smoking if they puff on an e-cigarette two out of every three days, or at least 66% of the days in a month, according to the analysis of a federal survey on smoking. "E-cigarettes are an effective way to get cigarette smokers to quit, but you really need to use those e-cigarettes," said lead researcher David Levy. "Using them a couple days a month isn't going to be anywhere near as effective as if you use them most, if not all, days in a month." The odds of a smoker successfully quitting increases by 10 percent with each additional day of e-cigarette use, said Levy, a professor with Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Washington, ... Read more

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Health Groups Demand 'R' Rating for Movies That Show Smoking

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – A group of America's leading health organizations is demanding that any movie that depicts smoking or tobacco use come with an "R" rating. The demand is in response to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found there has been no progress in reducing the number of tobacco scenes in youth-rated movies. In 2012, the U.S. Surgeon General established a cause-and-effect link between smoking in movies and the likelihood kids would pick up the deadly habit. "As physicians and advocates, we are speaking with a unified voice: Filmmakers must stop enabling the tobacco industry to target our children," Dr. Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in a statement released Tuesday. "The evidence is clear that when children see movie characters smoking, they are more likely to smoke," Stein added. "Ninety ... Read more

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Smoking Linked to Frailty in Seniors

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Seniors who smoke may be more likely to become frail, a new British study suggests. Researchers tracked more than 2,500 people 60 and older in England and found that current smoking boosted that risk by about 60 percent. The scientists determined that the participants were frail if they had at least three of five conditions: unintentional weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, and low physical activity. Frail people are at higher risk of problems such as falls, broken bones and hospitalization. Researchers have also linked frailty to poor quality of life and dementia. Interestingly, the researchers found that former smokers didn't face a higher risk of frailty, and it didn't matter if they'd quit within the past 10 years or earlier. In fact, their risks of frailty were about the same as those who had never smoked. The research team ... Read more

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Smoking on the Rise Among Pregnant Women With Depression

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Smoking during pregnancy is on the rise among American women with depression, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from more than 8,500 mothers-to-be who took part in an annual government health survey. It found a 2.5 percent rise in smoking rates among pregnant women with depression between 2002 and 2014. Smoking rates among other groups fell during that time, according to the study published online in the October issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. "An increase in smoking rates in any population is concerning given the general overall downward trends we are seeing today," said study leader Renee Goodwin. She's an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. More than a third of pregnant women with depression smoke, compared with 1 in 10 who are not depressed, according to the study. ... Read more

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FDA Will Discourage E-Cigs in Health Campaign for Youth

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now include electronic cigarettes in a public health education campaign to discourage American youth from using tobacco and nicotine products. This fall, "The Real Cost" campaign will be expanded to include messages about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. A full-scale campaign will be launched in 2018. It's the first FDA effort that targets youth use of e-cigarettes and similar products. "Educating youth about the dangers of tobacco products has been a cornerstone of our efforts to reduce the harms caused by these products. Including e-cigarettes and other [similar] products in our prevention work not only makes sense, it reflects the troubling reality that they are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth," said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. "While we pursue a ... Read more

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FDA Looks to Reduce Nicotine in Cigarettes

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will focus on reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to make them less addictive, while also making other nicotine products – including patches and gum – safer, agency officials said Friday. In addition, the FDA is delaying implementation of last year's rules on cigars and e-cigarettes currently on the market until 2021 and 2022, respectively. That will allow time to ensure the regulatory standards are appropriate, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said at a morning media briefing. "We want to make sure those products, particularly the e-cigarettes, go through an appropriate set of regulatory dates to make sure they're safe, make sure they are meeting standards," he said. Central to the FDA's new approach to tobacco control is the belief that products such as e-cigarettes and cigars should not be used by kids. Rules are ... Read more

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More E-Cigarettes, Fewer Tobacco Smokers?

Posted 27 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – More Americans are giving up cigarettes, and a new study suggests electronic cigarettes may be the reason why. After stalling for 15 years, the U.S. quit-smoking rate rose to nearly 6 percent in 2014-2015, up from less than 5 percent in prior years, according to national survey data. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine believe e-cigarettes have helped fuel the increase. "From 2014 to 2015, more e-cigarette users tried to quit cigarette smoking and succeeded in quitting than those who didn't use e-cigarettes," said lead researcher Shu-Hong Zhu, director of the university's Center for Research and Intervention in Tobacco Control. Reviewing survey responses from nearly 25,000 current and former smokers in 2014-2015, Zhu and his colleagues found that "vapers" were more likely than nonusers to make a quit attempt (65 percent ... Read more

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Create Your Own Quit-Smoking Plan

Posted 18 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 It's almost too easy to delay the day you'll quit smoking – almost any excuse will do. But know this: Smokers who quit before their 50th birthday can cut in half their risk of dying over the following 15 years, according to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As you get yourself mentally ready to stop smoking, it's important to recognize that – besides dealing with a nicotine addiction – quitting smoking means changing a deeply ingrained psychological habit. You can help this process along by identifying the situations that make you want to smoke and steering clear of them. That usually involves making changes to your daily routine. For example, if you always take a work break with co-workers who smoke, you'll want to take breaks with nonsmokers or do something completely different, like go for a short walk. Many people smoke because it helps them handle ... Read more

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Do Moms Who Smoke in Pregnancy Raise Their Odds for a Troubled Teen?

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Expectant mothers have been warned for years to avoid cigarettes. Now researchers report another reason to follow that advice: Teens and young adults whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may be more likely to break the law and be antisocial. The study included thousands of people in New England who were followed from birth into their 30s. The research wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. However, kids of women who smoked an extra pack of cigarettes a day had a 30 percent increased risk of three or more symptoms of conduct disorder as a teen, and a more than threefold increased risk of three or more symptoms of antisocial personality disorder as a young adult, the investigators found. These children also had a more than double increased risk of having a record of non-violent offenses as a teen and of committing a violent offense as a young adult, the ... Read more

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Smoking Skyrockets in Movies Aimed at Young: Study

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Progress to keep tobacco use out of kid-friendly movies is apparently going up in smoke. The number of youth-focused films that showed smoking rose sharply between 2010 and 2016, a new study reveals. During that time, 46 percent of movies with smoking were youth-rated. That's 210 of the 459 top-grossing films. And the number of smoking scenes in movies rated PG-13 – suitable for teens – surged, from 564 in 2010 to 809 in 2016. That's a public health concern that must be addressed, the study's senior author said, because it could encourage young people to light up. "Modernizing Hollywood's rating system to reflect the audience by awarding movies with smoking an R rating would save a million kids' lives," said Stanton Glantz. He directs the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "That is the best way ... Read more

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E-Cigarettes Lead to 'Real' Smoking by Teens: Review

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 27, 2017 – Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes – also known as vaping – are almost four times as likely as their non-vaping counterparts to begin smoking traditional cigarettes, a new review suggests. "E-cigarette use increases the risk of subsequent cigarette smoking, even for teens and young adults who might not be at the highest risk for smoking," said study lead author Samir Soneji. "This increased risk may counter the successful tobacco control efforts that have produced a steady decline in smoking since 1998," he said. Soneji is an assistant professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, N.H. Battery-powered e-cigarettes deliver nicotine through vapor instead of smoke. Their effect on public health is still being debated. Some say they may help adults wean themselves off tobacco cigarettes, while others ... Read more

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Raise the Smoking Age to 21? Most Kids Fine With That

Posted 19 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 19, 2017 – Nearly two-thirds of U.S. teens support raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 years old, new research finds. Specifically, kids from 11 to 18 were asked if they supported the Tobacco 21 initiative – a program through the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation that strives to raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases. "Current studies have focused on the attitudes of adults, and little is known about how youth nationwide perceive the Tobacco 21 initiative as well as the correlations between these attitudes and smoking behaviors," said study author Hongying Dai. She's an associate professor in the Health Services and Outcomes Research Department at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. The reasons for increasing the age to 21 are largely scientific. Kids are at the greatest risk of becoming smokers, and smokers almost always ... Read more

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