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As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell

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TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims. Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smoking. Instead, smoking among teens dropped off ...

Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit: Study

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FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 – Could vapers be a good influence on smokers? New research suggests that's so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking. The study included more than 13,000 smokers in England. Of those, nearly 26 percent said they regularly spent time with e-cigarette users. Among that group, about 32 percent ...

1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes: CDC

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional smokes, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of high school teens who started vaping, as e-cigarette use is called, increased from 220,000 (1.5 percent) to just over 3 million (20.8 ...

FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cig Sales, Ban Menthol Cigarettes

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THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The move against flavored e-cigarettes stops short of the full ban that had been expected from the agency. Instead, sales of these products – thought to be especially alluring to teens – will only be allowed in ...

Under Pressure, Juul Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market

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TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Juul Labs, which commands 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market, announced Tuesday that it would cease selling most flavored versions of its popular vaping pods in retail stores. The company said it would also terminate its social media productions related to the flavored products. The announcement comes after increasing pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug ...

Breaking the Smoking-Drinking Connection

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Smoking and drinking often go hand-in-hand, stimulating pleasure centers in the brain. But there's even more to this unhealthy relationship than meets the eye. Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for y ...

FDA Will Ban Many Flavored E-Cigarettes

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FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will soon announce a ban on sales of most flavored electronic cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the United States, according to media reports. It's all part of the FDA's efforts to reduce teens' use of flavored e-cigarettes, long thought to be especially alluring to young people who then become hooked on nicotine. A ...

U.S. Smoking Rates Hit Record Low

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – Cigarette smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level ever recorded, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. "This new all-time low in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults is a tremendous public health accomplishment – and it demonstrates the importance of continued proven strategies to reduce smoking," CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an agency news release. ...

Smoking Persists for Americans With Mental Health Ills

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THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – While more Americans are quitting smoking, researchers find that people with mental health problems are much less likely to kick the habit. Smokers with mental health issues are only half as likely to quit as those with good mental health, the research team found. "Overall, tobacco cessation programs have been very successful, but our research suggests that people with ...

The Sooner You Quit Smoking, the Better

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Despite the well-known dangers of smoking, the sizable benefits of quitting may be overlooked, a new study suggests. "These findings underscore the benefits of quitting smoking within five years, which is a 38 percent lower risk of a heart attack, stroke or other forms of cardiovascular disease," said study author Meredith Duncan, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center ...

Hookah Pipes Far From Harmless, Study Warns

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 – Smoking a hookah may be as damaging to blood vessels as smoking cigarettes, a new study suggests. Hookahs, also known as water pipes, have been touted as a harmless alternative to cigarettes, but researchers found that blood vessels were affected in the same way. In addition, when hookah water is heated with charcoal, a marked increase in carbon monoxide occurs. "Hookah is ...

AHA: Vaping May Do Your Heart No Favors

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MONDAY, Nov. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – New research shows that electronic cigarettes contain chemicals that cause heart damage, adding to the growing list of concerns about their safety. The study, which will be presented Nov. 12 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions meeting in Chicago, investigated the effect that e-cigarettes have on the endothelial cells that ...

AHA: How to Beat Triggers That Make You Crave a Cigarette

Posted 30 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Rafe Poirrier smoked cigarettes, he smoked as soon as he woke, after eating, while driving, and whenever he took a break at work. "I think my favorite (part) was socializing – hanging out with smokers outside an office building, at a bar or in a park," said Poirrier, 51, of Houston. Physical cravings, combined with environmental, ...

Many Young Juul Users May Not Know They're Addicted

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – Teens who use Juul e-cigarettes appear to be oblivious to the addictive potential, even when they already show signs of being hooked on the nicotine delivered by the devices, a new study shows. Teens reported using Juuls about twice as often as those smoking conventional cigarettes, according to a survey conducted in 10 California high schools. "The youth who were using ...

Juul Drawing Lots of Teen Followers on Twitter

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FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – Though the maker of Juul e-cigarettes has claimed its product is aimed at adult smokers trying to quit, almost a quarter of the company's Twitter followers are under 18, a new study finds. And many of these young fans are retweeting the company's messages, investigators added. The findings are cause for worry, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers ...

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