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

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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 ...

Many Teens Don't Know Juul Contains Addictive Nicotine

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WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 – Many young Americans don't realize that the wildly popular Juul electronic cigarettes contain highly addictive nicotine, putting them at risk for future cigarette use, a new study shows. Looking much like a USB flash drive, just one Juul cartridge has nicotine levels equal to a pack of cigarettes, the researchers said. And Juul now commands more than half of the ...

Smoking Puts Blacks at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

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MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Smoking may significantly increase black Americans' risk of heart failure, a new study warns. The study included 4,129 black participants who were followed for a median of eight years. Half were followed for a shorter time, half for a longer period. Their average age: 54. When the study began, none had heart failure or hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart ...

Toxins in E-Cigarettes May Vary by Flavor

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FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The flavor you choose for your e-cigarette liquid may determine how many toxins you inhale, new research suggests. Those toxins – called free radicals – are linked to cancer, heart disease, inflammation and other diseases, the scientists said. In the study, citrus and floral flavors tended to have higher levels of free radicals, while vanilla flavors produced lower ...

Tiny Juul Device Getting U.S. Teens Hooked on Vaping

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TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 – Tiny e-cigarette devices that look like USB drives are making it tough for parents and educators to keep their kids from vaping. And these devices are producing a new generation of nicotine-addicted Americans, experts say. "The way these products are able to be used without any sort of detection from adults is very much consistent with something that would appeal to a ...

Loopholes May Lead Young Facebook Users to Tobacco Products

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THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – Facebook needs to close loopholes on its measures to keep kids away from tobacco, a new study suggests. Although the social media giant doesn't allow paid ads for tobacco products, researchers found cigars, e-cigarettes and other smoking products are marketed and sold through unpaid content. Much of this can be accessed by children, according to the Stanford University ...

Smokers' Diets Let Them Down, Too

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THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – People who smoke already face a greater risk of illnesses and early death, and a new study suggests their diets aren't doing their health any favors either. The researchers found that compared to ex-smokers and people who never smoked, tobacco users have diets with a much higher energy density. Smokers consume about 200 more calories a day, despite eating significantly ...

Health Groups Sue FDA to Speed Review of E-Cigarettes

Posted 28 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision late last year to delay a review of electronic cigarettes and cigars is unlawful and a threat to public health, according to a lawsuit launched by seven medical and public health groups, as well as five individual pediatricians. According to the groups, the FDA's decision to delay the review means that currently ...

As Pot Smoking Rises, Users Might Also Turn to Cigarettes

Posted 28 Mar 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 – A smoke is a smoke is a smoke: New research suggests that folks who smoke pot may be more prone to taking up – or returning to – the cigarette habit. One tobacco-cessation expert said the findings aren't surprising. "Among individuals that I have treated, the majority of those who smoke cannabis as well as cigarettes often have a more difficult time quitting, do not ...

E-Cig Ads May Prompt Teens to Take Up Tobacco Too

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – American teens and young adults who are receptive to ads for electronic cigarettes are much more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds. A nationwide analysis found that 12- to 24-year-olds who had never used tobacco products had high rates of receptivity – meaning they recalled and/or liked – for tobacco product ads. They were most receptive to ...

Smoking While Pregnant Could Harm Child's Breathing

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TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy are apt to have breathing issues in childhood and beyond, a new study has found. The finding comes from the analysis of data on more than 2,000 U.S. children, ages 6 to 11. Nearly 10 percent of the children – those who had asthma and those who didn't – had reduced lung function. The researchers reported a weak link ...

With E-Cigs, Flavorings May Pose the Greatest Danger

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – The flavorings used in e-cigarettes might potentially be the most toxic part of the vapor inhaled by users, a new study suggests. E-cigarette liquid contains dozens of different chemicals, and these vary widely from product to product, said lead author Flori Sassano. She is a research project manager with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Many of ...

Do E-Cigs Really Help Smokers Quit?

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

MONDAY, March 26, 2018 – E-cigarettes did not help people quit smoking, a small study found, but the researchers said more studies are needed to determine if the devices could play some role in smoking cessation. The investigation included more than 1,300 adult smokers who had been hospitalized and said they intended to quit smoking after being discharged from the hospital. They received either ...

FDA Takes Aim at Flavored Tobacco

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – In an effort to discourage teens from lighting up, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it's considering regulating flavors in tobacco products more closely. "The concerns around flavors in tobacco are not new. For years, we have recognized that flavors in these products appeal to kids and promote youth initiation [of smoking]," said FDA Commissioner ...

Health Tip: Quit Smoking

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by

-- Smoking is associated with 1 in 5 deaths in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The agency suggests these methods that may help you quit: Commit to quitting and get motivated to make a change. Get support from friends and family. Consider using medicine to help you quit, and if you do, use it correctly. Take up a new hobby as a distraction. Be ...

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