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E-Cigarettes Don't Help Smokers Quit, But Cash Might

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WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – Vaping has been touted as a way to help smokers quit, but new research finds e-cigarettes and free nicotine replacement products barely move the motivation needle. "As best we know right now, the most effective tool to help all smokers stop is to pay them to do so," said the study's lead author, Dr. Scott Halpern. He's an associate professor of medical ethics and health ...

Cinnamon-Flavored E-Cigs May Bring Lung Dangers: Study

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WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 – Cinnamon flavorings in e-cigarettes can impair the ability of lungs to get rid of breath-clogging mucus, a new lab study contends. Cinnamaldehyde is the biochemical that gives cinnamon its distinctive flavor and smell, and it has been approved as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But inhaling the chemical as part of heated e-cigarette vapor ...

Hookahs Hooking Lots of Young Adults on Tobacco

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THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – While much attention has been paid to the dangers of e-cigarette use among teens, new research shows that more than half of all tobacco smoked by young people comes from hookahs. The researchers warned that smoking cessation strategies should include these water pipes, which are gaining popularity in this age group. "Most hookah smokers in the U.S. are not daily users, ...

Too Few Smokers Get Lifesaving Lung Cancer Tests

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WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Less than 2 percent of the 7 million Americans who are or once were heavy smokers get screened for lung cancer, new research shows. "Our analysis reveals a markedly low and inadequate rate of lung cancer screening for both 2016 and 2017," said study author Dr. Danh Pham. He's a chief fellow in the department of hematology/oncology at the University of Louisville's James ...

Millions Try E-Cigarettes, But Many Stop

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TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – Many folks are trying e-cigarettes, but not everyone is sticking with them, a new survey finds. E-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, have been marketed as a way to help tobacco smokers quit smoking and as an alternative to cigarettes. Although the number of U.S. adults who tried them between 2014 and 2016 soared, those who continued to use them dropped, researchers ...

Little 'Quit-Smoking' Help at U.S. Mental Health Centers

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don't help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds. People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, according to the ...

'Smoke-Free' Rooms Still Loaded With Smoke Residues, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report. In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke – what is called "third-hand" smoke. "We didn't expect to see a ...

If Kids Exposed to Pot, Tobacco Smoke, ER Visits Rise

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MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency room or have an ear infection, researchers say. Secondhand smoke from marijuana and tobacco increases a kid's odds of going to the ER, according to preliminary findings from a Colorado study. "Those kids have an average of two-and-a-half ER visits in the prior year, ...

AHA: Smoke-Free Laws Do Seem to Help Young Adults' Hearts

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MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Laws and policies that prohibit smoking in workplaces and other public areas appeared to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among a group of young adults who were followed over a 20-year span. The study findings are consistent with previous studies that found health benefits as a result of smoke-free policies, including lower ...

Tobacco Companies Must Put New Warnings on Packaging, Court Says

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TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Tobacco companies have been given deadlines to come clean on their cigarette packaging and websites about the health dangers of their products and their efforts to mislead the public about those risks, a new court order says. These new statements must be published on corporate websites by June 18 and on cigarette packaging by Nov. 21, according to the court order issued ...

FDA Cracks Down on Dangerous E-Cig Liquids That Resemble Cookies, Candy

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TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned the makers of e-cigarette liquids that are packaged to look like juice boxes, candies and cookies to stop selling their products. The action, taken in concert with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, also cited some of these companies for illegally selling these products to minors. In all, 13 warning letters were ...

FDA Cracks Down on Youth Access to Juul E-Cigarettes

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – A crackdown on the sale of the wildly popular Juul brand of electronic cigarettes to teens was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It includes a nationwide undercover blitz targeting the illegal sale of Juul products to minors at both stores and online retailers, according to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Juul electronic cigarettes look ...

Could Vaping Lead Teens to Pot Smoking?

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to try marijuana in the future, especially if they start vaping at a younger age, a new study shows. More than 1 in 4 teenagers who reported e-cigarette use eventually progressed to smoking pot, according to the survey of more than 10,000 teens. That compared with just 8 percent of non-vapers, said lead researcher Hongying ...

E-Cig Liquid Remains a Poisoning Danger to Young Kids

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Following an enormous jump in children's exposures to toxic liquid nicotine from electronic cigarettes, the rate dropped in just one year, new research reveals. But too many young kids are still being exposed to liquid nicotine, experts say. Among cases that ended up in the emergency department, 93 percent had swallowed the substance. The annual rate of exposures ...

As Younger Men's Smoking Rises, So Does Their Stroke Risk

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Men under 50 who smoke cigarettes are increasing their risk for a stroke, researchers warn. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, reported the University of Maryland investigators. The bottom line: quit. But if you can't, smoking fewer cigarettes may help reduce your risk, the researchers said. "We found that men who smoked were 88 percent more likely ...

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