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Vaping Shuts Off Immune-Fighting Cells in the Lungs, Lab Study Finds

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to smoking, but the vapor they create might harm lung tissue much like regular cigarettes do, British researchers report. With or without nicotine, e-cigarette vapor increases inflammation and disables cells that protect lung tissue, human tissue tests reveal. Harming these cells makes them vulnerable to dust, bacteria ...

E-Cigarettes, Nicotine Patch During Pregnancy May Hike SIDS Risk

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests. The findings indicate that nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to cigarettes during pregnancy, the study authors said. The findings appear in the July 18 Journal of Physiology. ...

AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots -- in Mice

Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a stroke or heart attack. In the study published July 18 in the ...

Yet Another Reason Why It's Hard to Stop Smoking

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Could losing their sense of identity be one reason why so many smokers find it hard to kick the habit? That's the conclusion of new research out of Britain. "When people attempt to quit smoking, what they are really doing is attempting to bury part of their old identity and reconfigure a new one," said lead researcher Caitlin Notley, from the University of East Anglia ...

Quitting Smoking? Even a Little Exercise Can Help You Stay Slim

Posted 11 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Fear of weight gain can keep many smokers from kicking the habit. But a new study involving older women might help change that: It found that for those who quit, even a bit of exercise helped keep the pounds at bay. "Being active after quitting smoking was found to reduce weight gain, regardless of the amount of physical activity before quitting," Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, ...

Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts. That's what California researchers did, and after sifting through more than 80,000 tweets, they found almost 1 in 25 detailed using the tiny e-cigarette device during class hours. "We saw posts about using Juul or seeing someone else use ...

Health Tip: Teens E-cigarette Users More Likely to Smoke: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Students who use electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes and use other tobacco products within a year, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study looked at 222 9th graders who had used e-cigarettes or tobacco and 2,308 students who ...

Smoking Becoming a No-No on College Campuses

Posted 22 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – Smoking continues to fall out of favor at colleges and universities across America, a new study finds. As of November 2017, over 2,000 U.S. college campuses were smoke-free (no smoking) or tobacco-free (no smokeless tobacco use or smoking), compared with only 774 campuses in 2012, the report found. In 2017, 84 percent of smoke-free campuses were tobacco-free, compared ...

More Evidence That Vaping May Help Some Smokers Quit

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – There's new research suggesting that a switch over to e-cigarettes can help cigarette smokers kick their habit – even if initially they didn't intend to. The small British study of 40 people "found that vaping may support long-term smoking abstinence," lead researcher Dr. Caitlin Notley, of Norwich Medical School, at the University of East Anglia, said in a university ...

Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin Risks

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Ex-smokers who use low-nicotine liquid in electronic cigarettes breathe more deeply and more often when using the devices than those who use high-nicotine liquid, a small British study suggests. That means that users of low-nicotine liquid are at increased risk of exposure to e-cigarette vapor toxins such as formaldehyde, according to the researchers at London South ...

E-Cig Flavorings May Damage Lining of Blood Vessels

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 14, 2018 – Flavorings used in e-cigarettes harm blood vessel cells in a way that could trigger future heart damage, a new study suggests. Five flavorings tested in the lab damaged the heart-protective functions of endothelial cells, which line the inside of blood vessels and the heart, said study author Jessica Fetterman. She's an assistant professor of medicine at Boston ...

Fewer U.S. Kids Use Tobacco, But Numbers Still Too High: Officials

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 7, 2018 – The number of U.S. middle and high school students who use tobacco fell from 4.5 million in 2011 to 3.6 million in 2017, but that number is still far too high, federal health officials reported Thursday. Nearly 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle schoolers reported current use (within the past 30 days) of any tobacco product in 2017, compared to nearly 1 in 4 ...

AHA: Hollywood Silent on Request to Give R Rating to Movies With Smoking

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The silent film era ended nearly a century ago, but Hollywood is still mute when it comes to demands to change its rating system to award an R rating to most movies that feature tobacco. Last August, the American Heart Association and 16 other health and medical groups bought trade ads and sent a letter to the six major movie studios ...

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

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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