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U.S. Smoking Rate Falls, But 38 Million Still Light Up

Posted 15 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show. Cigarette smoking rates among Americans 18 and older fell from nearly 21 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016. Among those who have ever smoked cigarettes, the percentage who have quit rose from just under 51 percent to 59 percent during that time. The largest increase in quitting was among adults 25 to 44 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the decline in cigarette smoking, however, nearly 38 million adults still smoked cigarettes every day or some days in 2016. "The good news is that these data are consistent with the declines in adult cigarette smoking that we've seen for several decades," said Corinne Graffunder, director of the CDC's Office on Smoking ... Read more

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Tobacco's Grip on U.S. Veterans

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Nearly 40 percent of U.S. military veterans smoke or use some form of tobacco. Data from 2010-2015 revealed that 21.6 percent of veterans reported current use (within the past 30 days) of cigarettes, 6.2 percent used cigars, 5.2 percent used smokeless tobacco, 3 percent used roll-your-own tobacco, and 1.5 percent used pipes, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tobacco use was higher among veterans than non-veterans for males and females across all age groups, except for males 50 and older. Among veterans, current tobacco use was highest among those: with no health insurance (60 percent); living in poverty (54 percent); ages 18 to 25 (57 percent); with serious mental distress (48 percent); with a family income of less than $20,000 (44 percent); and with less than a high school diploma (38 percent). Tobacco use ... Read more

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Health Tip: Want to Stop Smoking?

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Quitting smoking is never easy, but it's possible with the proper mindset and, possibly, with nicotine therapy. Almost 70 percent of adult smokers want to quit, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Over-the-counter smoking cessation products include skin patches, lozenges and gum. There's also prescription medication. Tobacco users are used to having nicotine in their bodies, so a gradual weaning often is an effective approach. The FDA suggests what to keep in mind when considering nicotine therapy: Speak with your doctor to understand how these products work and any potential side effects. Discussing smoking cessation with your doctor is particularly important if you have diabetes, heart disease, asthma or stomach ulcers. Visit the FDA website to learn more about various smoking cessation products and methods. Read more

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How to Kick the Smoking Habit for Good

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 1, 2018 – If one of your New Year's resolutions is to quit smoking, there are a number of ways to improve your chances of success, an expert in tobacco treatment says. Ask yourself why you want to quit; remove tobacco products from your home and car; and set a quit date and stick to it, said Dr. Michael Steinberg. He is director of the Tobacco Dependence Program at Rutgers University, in New Jersey. Seek out help, he suggested. There are many resources and you don't have to tackle this challenge on your own, Steinberg said. Follow a healthy lifestyle, including eating right, regular exercise and sufficient sleep. Develop new coping skills. Many people use cigarettes to deal with stress, so it's important to find alternative methods, he explained. Make a list of your smoking triggers and cues and try to avoid them. Also, take steps to avoid difficult situations, Steinberg ... Read more

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Stamping 'Smoking Kills' on Cigarettes May Keep Teens From the Habit

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 – A grim reminder – "Smoking Kills" – emblazoned right on a cigarette may help young people avoid the deadly habit. That's the conclusion of a new study involving nearly 1,000 British 16- to 24-year-olds. Participants – including both smokers and non-smokers – were asked to evaluate various cigarette designs. Included were standard cigarettes, cigarettes with the health warning "Smoking kills" printed on them, and cigarettes that were green. The result: Young people were about three times less likely to want to try cigarettes that carried the health warning than they were interested in trying the standard cigarettes. They also found the green cigarettes more off-putting than regular ones. "The study shows how cigarettes can be an important communication tool and that altering their appearance, with a health warning or an unappealing color, can make them less ... Read more

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Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads Can Backfire on Kids

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Graphic anti-tobacco posters intended to deter young people from buying cigarettes might actually have the opposite effect. New research suggests that the strategy of hanging these posters in convenience stores could backfire, prompting some teens to light up. The tobacco industry focuses much of its advertising efforts on convenience stores, which are popular with young people. Cigarette displays, other tobacco products and signs are usually placed on the wall behind the checkout counter. Some states have tried to counter these promotional displays with graphic posters depicting the effects of smoking-related diseases. For the study, researchers from the Rand Corporation created a replica of a convenience store to assess how teens responded to the disturbing images. The tobacco wall included a photo of a diseased mouth and the words "Warning: Cigarettes cause ... Read more

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More Teens Vaping as Smoking Declines; Pot Use Holds Steady

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – While fewer American teens are lighting up cigarettes, more of them are vaping instead, a new report shows. At the same time, marijuana use has held steady as it remains more popular than cigarettes and, in a piece of good news, misuse of opioid painkillers like OxyContin has actually dropped among adolescents. In 2017, more than 1 in 4 high school seniors said they've vaped during the past year – and most apparently don't know they're toying with a potentially addictive product. Nearly 28 percent of 12th graders reported trying an e-cigarette or other vaping device in 2016, according to results from the 2017 Monitoring the Future survey, sponsored by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). But when asked what they'd inhaled while vaping, about 52 percent of high school seniors responded "just flavoring." Only 33 percent said they'd inhaled vapor ... Read more

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Tried to Quit But Still Smoking? Help's On the Way

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – When it comes to kicking the smoking habit, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. To help encourage adult smokers to quit, the FDA is launching a new public education campaign called "Every Try Counts." It will target smokers aged 25 to 54 who've tried to quit smoking in the past year but haven't been successful. The campaign will feature messages of support that highlight the health benefits of quitting smoking. The Every Try Counts campaign begins next month in 35 markets nationwide and will include print, digital, radio and billboard ads. The FDA plans to focus its ads in and around retail locations, such as gas stations and convenience stores – places that not only sell cigarettes but are favorite targets of cigarette advertising. As part of the campaign, the FDA has teamed up with the U.S. National ... Read more

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Health Tip: 11 Harmful Effects of Smoking

Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Everyone knows that smoking is dangerous, increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, it may cause many other health problems among women: Decreased bone density in post-menopausal women. Rheumatoid arthritis. Cataracts. Gum disease. Ulcers. Complications after surgery. Depression. Menstrual problems, including an irregular cycle and painful periods. Early menopause. Difficulty getting pregnant. Breathing problems. Read more

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Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking – besides posing serious health risks – make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men consumed 11.4 drinks a week. Smokers included 57 percent of the women and 67 percent of the men. Heavy drinking and smoking were associated with visible signs of physical aging and people looking older than their age. Specifically, signs of aging included earlobe creases; a grayish opaque ring around the cornea of both eyes; and yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids. Light to moderate drinking was not linked with visible premature aging, the researchers said. The study was published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of ... Read more

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Obamacare May Have Helped More Americans Quit Smoking

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a greater increase in low-income adults who quit smoking than did states that did not expand Medicaid, a new study found. Under the health care act, states that expanded Medicaid had to offer services to help people quit smoking. About 30 percent of low-income adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, which is double the national average. For the study, University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed the responses of more than 36,000 low-income adults, ages 18 to 64, who took part in a federal government survey on health behaviors. In the 31 states that expanded Medicaid, 8.1 percent of newly covered low-income adults said they'd quit smoking in the past year, compared with 6 percent of low-income adults in states that did not expand Medicaid. The findings show that government policies meant to ... Read more

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New 'Heat-Not-Burn' Cigarettes Harm Blood Vessels: Study

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – Heat-not-burn "cigarettes" could be as harmful to your blood vessels as traditional smokes, a new animal study suggests. Tobacco giant Philip Morris is seeking U.S. approval for one of these smoking alternative products, called iQOS. The company claims it's safer than regular cigarettes. But rats exposed to vapor from the device experienced the same decrease in blood vessel function as those exposed to cigarette smoke, said study senior researcher Matthew Springer. Impaired blood vessel function increases the risk of heart attack or stroke, and can contribute long-term to hardening of the arteries, said Springer, a professor of cardiology with the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. "I would be frankly amazed if these products were just as harmful as cigarettes in every single way, but less harmful does not equal harmless," Springer ... Read more

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Commitment Is Key for Online Quit-Smoking Groups

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – An online social network designed to help you quit smoking can do just that, a new study finds. But the odds of quitting rise along with the level of active involvement, the researchers said. They examined the impact of BecomeAnEX.org, a social network site created by the nonprofit anti-tobacco group Truth Initiative, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. Network users can share information and support through blogs, forums and messages. More than 800,000 people have registered since the network was launched in 2008. The study included more than 2,600 smokers who signed up on BecomeAnEX.org. After three months, 21 percent of those who actively contributed content on the site had quit smoking, compared with 11 percent who only read others' posts and 8 percent of those who never visited the site. Researchers from the Truth Initiative and the University of Iowa ... Read more

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1 in 5 Americans Still Uses Tobacco, Gov't. Reports

Posted 9 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Americans' long love affair with cancer-causing cigarettes is fading – but not gone. One in five U.S. adults still used tobacco in 2015, and most were smokers, a new federal government study of tobacco products reported Thursday. There were 49 million tobacco users, according to the 2015 U.S. National Health Interview Survey. Of those, 42 million used either cigarettes, cigars or hookahs and water pipes. The remainder used electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, and dissolvable tobacco. Tobacco use was more common among men than among women, and more common among younger adults, aged 25 to 44, than older adults, aged 65 and older. Tobacco use was also higher among certain people: those in the Midwest; those with annual household incomes under $35,000; those uninsured or on Medicaid; those with a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stop Smoking

Posted 6 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us of the benefits of quitting: Reduced risk of lung cancer and other types of cancer. Lowered risk of heart disease and stroke within two years of quitting. Fewer respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Quitting may not make these symptoms go away completely, but they will not progress as quickly as if you did not stop smoking. Decreased risk of lung problems, such as deadly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Reduced risk of infertility. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birthweight baby. Read more

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