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Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

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SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 – You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. "It's hard to find a part of the body not ...

When One Teen Vapes, Others Often Follow

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THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Teenagers are impressionable when it comes to e-cigarettes, new research suggests. Nearly four out of 10 U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes said seeing others vape led them to try the devices themselves, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Tempting flavors and the belief that ...

Smoking Habit Tougher to Break for Some Americans

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – While the overall smoking rate has plummeted among Americans, some smokers still struggle with the habit, a new report shows. The overall smoking rate fell from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2015. But rates remain high among those who are: poor; less educated; part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community; members of certain ethnic/racial ...

Nicotine in E-Cigarettes Might Cause Cancers, Mouse Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – The nicotine in e-cigarettes seems to damage DNA in ways that may increase cancer risk, a new study in mice suggests. The damage was seen both to DNA and its ability to repair itself, making cells more likely to mutate and develop into cancer, said lead researcher Moon-shong Tang, a professor of environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine. If ...

Struggling to Quit Smoking? Try These Tips

Posted 28 Jan 2018 by

SUNDAY, Jan. 28, 2018 – If your New Year's resolution was to quit smoking, it's probably time to consider ways to improve your chances of success. For starters, list your reasons for wanting to quit, suggest experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Want to improve your health? Save money? Smell and taste food better? Those are common reasons smokers cite for wanting to kick the habit ...

Monkey Deaths Prompt FDA Probe, New Controls on Animal Research

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – A U.S. government study using monkeys to investigate nicotine addiction has been halted and an investigation launched after four monkeys died. In the wake of the deaths, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it is reviewing its rules on animal studies and has created a new council to oversee them. The study at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological ...

FDA Panel Rejects Some Claims for 'Heat-not-Burn' Tobacco Device

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Controversial "heat-not-burn" tobacco devices might only get limited marketing in the United States, based on recommendations issued Thursday by an influential government panel. These devices are different than e-cigarettes, in that instead of heating a nicotine-infused liquid, they warm up tobacco to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, producing an inhalable aerosol. A panel ...

Only Smoke 1 Cigarette a Day? It Can Still Kill You

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – If you think having just one cigarette a day won't do any harm, you're wrong. British researchers say lighting up just once a day was linked to a much higher risk of heart disease and stroke than might be expected. The bottom line: "No safe level of smoking exists for cardiovascular disease," wrote the team led by Allan Hacksaw, of UCL Cancer Institute at University ...

Tobacco's Harms May Come Sooner Than Smokers Think

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Smokers often think their habit won't have health consequences until far into the future, a small survey suggests. Researchers found that compared with nonsmokers, those who smoke generally believe that any health problems – from yellow teeth to lung cancer – would strike later in life. It's a perception, researchers said, that might delay some people's efforts to ...

E-Cigarettes: Both Good and Bad, Expert Panel Says

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 – Potential harms and benefits of e-cigarettes may depend on your age, according to a report mandated by the U.S. Congress. The devices can lead young people to smoke conventional tobacco, but they also appear to help adults quit smoking, the experts concluded. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report is the first to review all current research ...

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

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

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 ...

Tobacco's Grip on U.S. Veterans

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

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. ...

Health Tip: Want to Stop Smoking?

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by

-- 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 ...

How to Kick the Smoking Habit for Good

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by

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 ...

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

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

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 ...

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