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James Bond Has Kicked Butts, But His Co-Stars Haven't

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 16, 2017 – Being a secret agent is risky enough without adding cigarette smoking to the mix. So it's good news that James Bond seems to have kicked the health-harming habit about 15 years ago, a new study says. Still, since 1962, there's only been one James Bond movie that hasn't shown people smoking, according to the new research. And even though Bond no longer smoked after 2002, he's still been exposed to secondhand smoke, including from his romantic partners, the study authors pointed out. The investigators checked for smoking in 24 Bond movies made between 1962 and 2015. The spy's on-screen smoking peaked in the 1960s, when 007 puffed on cigarettes in 83 percent of the Bond movies made during that decade. He had his last smoke in "Die Another Day" in 2002, the study findings showed. When Bond was a smoker, he had his first smoke an average of 20 minutes after the start ... Read more

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Watching Others 'Vape' May Trigger Urge to Smoke

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – A type of e-cigarette called a vape pen can trigger the urge to smoke among young adults as much as seeing someone smoke cigarettes, a new study contends. "The new e-cigarettes, known as vape pens, are now larger and more powerful devices," said study director Andrea King. "They have low resemblance to cigarettes, so some people were hoping they might not produce the same urge to smoke," said King, director of the clinical addictions research laboratory at the University of Chicago Medical Center. "But we found that they do stimulate the urge," King said in a university news release. Battery-operated "vape pens look different but they share too many salient features of the act of smoking" – such as inhaling, exhaling and hand-to-mouth behaviors, she explained. "This makes them a potent trigger, encouraging people to smoke," King explained. "They made the young ... Read more

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Tobacco Use Costs World 6 Million Lives, $1 Trillion Annually: Report

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Smoking kills about 6 million people a year, and costs the world more than $1 trillion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity, a new report says. But, billions of dollars and millions of lives could be saved through higher tobacco prices and taxes, according to the report from the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Besides reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, such tobacco-control policies could raise large amounts of money for governments to use for health and economic development, the study authors said. "The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, is huge, as this new report shows," said Dr. Oleg Chestnov. He is WHO's assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and mental health. "The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people ... Read more

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More Americans Questioning Safety of E-Cigarettes

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Fewer people now view e-cigarettes, which convert a nicotine liquid into vapor that's inhaled, as a less dangerous or healthier alternative to cigarettes, new research finds. Public perception about these battery-operated devices is changing, even though studies investigating their health effects have had mixed results, the researchers said. "It's a good thing that information about e-cigarettes' possible adverse health effects has gotten out there, especially considering there wasn't a government or public health push during the study years," said the study's leader, Eric Ford. He is a professor in the department of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "When misinformation about health effects about any substances becomes widespread, it is usually very hard to reverse the trend. That somehow happened ... Read more

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Resolve to Reduce Your Cancer Risk This Year

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – More than half of cancer deaths could be prevented through healthy habits such as eating right, exercising and not smoking, according to the American Cancer Society. Doctors at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center offer some advice to help you settle into the new year with a new attitude toward cancer prevention: Get screened. "Some risk factors cannot be controlled, such as family history or getting older," said Dr. Namrata Vijayvergia, assistant professor in the center's department of hematology/oncology. "That's why getting regular recommended cancer screenings may be just as important as living a healthy lifestyle." Screening tests are available for many forms of cancer. Ask your doctor when to begin and how often to be screened. Follow a healthy diet. Excess weight boosts the risk of cancer in the breast, colon and rectum, the lining of the uterus, as ... Read more

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FDA to Weigh Dangers of Exploding E-Cigarettes

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a two-day workshop in April to weigh the dangers of exploding batteries in e-cigarettes. The agency announced last year that it would start to regulate the devices, which are powered by small, but powerful, lithium-ion batteries. E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that can be inhaled. The Associated Press reported last month that the FDA had identified 66 instances of e-cigarette explosions in 2015 and early 2016. The batteries overheated, caught fire or blew up, according to the wire service. And researchers from the University of Washington Regional Burn Center in Seattle reported in October that they had treated at least 22 people for burns and other injuries caused by exploding e-cigarettes since October 2015. Their report was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People have ... Read more

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Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children. Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes. The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin. Believing the bottle still contained ibuprofen, the father gave his daughter a dose of the liquid to treat pain from a sprained ankle. The girl quickly lost consciousness. Her father immediately contacted poison control and called 911, according to the account published online recently in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Liquid nicotine is highly concentrated, which makes it especially dangerous in households with children," study author Dr. Matthew Noble said in a journal ... Read more

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Nicotine in E-Cigs Can Trigger Lifelong Addiction in Kids: Docs

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – The earlier youngsters start using nicotine – even in the form of e-cigarettes – the harder it is for them to quit a habit that could last a lifetime. So says a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the leading organization representing pediatricians in the United States. "Given the difficulty that adolescents have attempting to stop smoking and use of tobacco products, the need for prevention efforts to stop them from starting is extremely important," report author Dr. Lorena Siqueira said in an AAP news release. The AAP's statement comes after a Dec. 8 report from the U.S. Surgeon General's office, which noted that e-cigarette use rose 900 percent among U.S. high school students between 2011 and 2015. By 2014, more high school kids were using e-cigarettes than traditional smoked cigarettes, the Surgeon General said. Some people claim that ... Read more

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Teens May Not Heed Health Warnings on Cigars

Posted 16 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – A new study suggests that warnings on cigars may need to be improved to dissuade young people from smoking. "Adolescents may be misguided about the safety of cigar use," said study co-author Dr. Adam Goldstein, from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Many still believe that risks of cigars can be mitigated by not inhaling or inhaling less," he said in a university news release. "But we know that cigar smoking can cause serious harm, including cancer and heart disease." The researchers surveyed more than 1,100 U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 by phone, and told them about three types of warning labels that appear on cigars: "Cigar smoking can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, even if you do not inhale"; "Cigar smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease"; and "Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes." More than ... Read more

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Most Teen Smokers Also Turn to Alcohol, Drugs, Study Finds

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Many U.S. teen smokers – even those who only light up occasionally – also use other drugs, a new study suggests. Of the 176 teen smokers in San Francisco who took part in the study, 96 percent said they'd used at least two other substances besides cigarettes. In most cases, those other substances were alcohol, marijuana and other tobacco products. However, 16 percent reported the use of harder drugs, such as cocaine, hallucinogens and Ecstasy, or the misuse of prescription medications. "Most of these adolescents smoked five or fewer cigarettes a day," said study author Karma McKelvey. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. "This tells us that multidrug use among adolescents may be more prevalent than we think, and that even kids who smoke only occasionally are likely ... Read more

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Anti-Tobacco Efforts Lead to 53 Million Fewer Smokers Worldwide

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – Tobacco-control programs helped 53 million people quit smoking in 88 countries between 2008 and 2014, a new study says. The researchers said that translates to more than 22 million lives saved in those countries due to the drop in smoking rates. "Our findings show the enormous and continuing potential to saving millions of lives by implementing tobacco control policies that have been proven to work," said study lead author David Levy, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. "These new findings can help those countries – more than half of the 196 total who have not yet undertaken lifesaving tobacco control measures – better understand the powerful public health impact they offer," he said in a hospital news release. The new study reviewed the effect of the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on ... Read more

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U.S. Surgeon General Calls for Crackdown on E-Cig Use in Teens

Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 – E-cigarettes are now the most popular tobacco product among American teens, according to a new U.S. Surgeon General's report that calls for a crackdown on the devices. E-cigarette use among high school students grew an astounding 900 percent between 2011 and 2015, and the devices surpassed traditional cigarettes as teens' preferred tobacco product in 2014, the report finds. "E-cigarettes went from being rare in 2010 to now being the most common tobacco product used by our nation's youth," U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during a news conference Thursday. "This represents a staggering development in a relatively short period of time. It also threatens 50 years of hard-fought progress we have made curbing tobacco use, and it places a whole new generation at risk for addiction to nicotine," he added. This is the first report the Surgeon General has ever ... Read more

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What's in Tobacco Smoke? Many Americans Don't Know

Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 – National surveys of adults and teens suggest that many Americans have little understanding of the dangerous substances lurking in cigarette smoke. Most troubling to the researchers: As tobacco makers highlight their elimination of additives, 43 percent to 72 percent of the survey respondents wrongly believe that these additives produce the most hazardous chemicals in smoke. It's not clear whether anyone will be more likely to start or continue smoking because they misunderstand what chemicals are in smoke, the study authors noted. Still, "people should know that cigarettes are deadly, and why," said study author Noel Brewer, a professor of health behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "People have many misunderstandings about what is in cigarette smoke, how it got there, and how to protect themselves from it." The researchers asked ... Read more

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Cigarettes Aren't Cool, California Teens Say

Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2016 – Cigarettes are one accessory today's California teens are more than willing to forego, a new survey finds. Fewer of them than ever think cigarettes are cool, the study found, and many view smoking as riskier and less socially acceptable than they did about a decade ago. This finding mirrors what's happening across the nation, where cigarette smoking among teens has declined greatly over the past two decades. The drop is largely the result of smoke-free policies and public health campaigns that highlighted the harms of smoking, the researchers said. That's the good news. On the flip side, teens are turning to e-cigarettes, hookahs, cigars and chewing tobacco to get their nicotine fix, according to the authors of a new study. "Adolescents are still not aware of the addictive properties of nicotine," said lead researcher Bonnie Halpern-Felsher. She's a professor of ... Read more

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Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2016 – Think smoking just one cigarette a day is harmless? Think again, a new study says. Even a single daily cigarette can raise your odds for an early death, the research showed. "There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke," said study author Maki Inoue-Choi, who's with the division of cancer epidemiology and genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). "Smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke," she added in an institute news release. In the study, Inoue-Choi's team tracked data on more than 290,000 older Americans, aged 59 to 82. The investigators wanted to assess the risks of "light" smoking – defined as 10 or fewer cigarettes a day. All of the smokers were asked about their smoking habits at nine different points in their lives, beginning with before they turned 15 until after they reached the age of ... Read more

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