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Low-Nicotine E-Cigs May Raise Toxin Risks

Posted 6 days ago by

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

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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 13 days ago by

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 19 days ago by

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

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

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 ...

Hookahs Hooking Lots of Young Adults on Tobacco

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – While much attention has been paid to the dangers of e-cigarette use among teens, new research shows that more than half of all tobacco smoked by young people comes from hookahs. The researchers warned that smoking cessation strategies should include these water pipes, which are gaining popularity in this age group. "Most hookah smokers in the U.S. are not daily users, ...

Too Few Smokers Get Lifesaving Lung Cancer Tests

Posted 17 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – Less than 2 percent of the 7 million Americans who are or once were heavy smokers get screened for lung cancer, new research shows. "Our analysis reveals a markedly low and inadequate rate of lung cancer screening for both 2016 and 2017," said study author Dr. Danh Pham. He's a chief fellow in the department of hematology/oncology at the University of Louisville's James ...

Millions Try E-Cigarettes, But Many Stop

Posted 15 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – Many folks are trying e-cigarettes, but not everyone is sticking with them, a new survey finds. E-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, have been marketed as a way to help tobacco smokers quit smoking and as an alternative to cigarettes. Although the number of U.S. adults who tried them between 2014 and 2016 soared, those who continued to use them dropped, researchers ...

Little 'Quit-Smoking' Help at U.S. Mental Health Centers

Posted 10 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 – Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don't help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds. People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, according to the ...

'Smoke-Free' Rooms Still Loaded With Smoke Residues, Study Finds

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report. In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke – what is called "third-hand" smoke. "We didn't expect to see a ...

If Kids Exposed to Pot, Tobacco Smoke, ER Visits Rise

Posted 7 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Clouds of pot and cigarette smoke in a home make it more likely a young child will visit the emergency room or have an ear infection, researchers say. Secondhand smoke from marijuana and tobacco increases a kid's odds of going to the ER, according to preliminary findings from a Colorado study. "Those kids have an average of two-and-a-half ER visits in the prior year, ...

AHA: Smoke-Free Laws Do Seem to Help Young Adults' Hearts

Posted 7 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Laws and policies that prohibit smoking in workplaces and other public areas appeared to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among a group of young adults who were followed over a 20-year span. The study findings are consistent with previous studies that found health benefits as a result of smoke-free policies, including lower ...

Tobacco Companies Must Put New Warnings on Packaging, Court Says

Posted 1 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – Tobacco companies have been given deadlines to come clean on their cigarette packaging and websites about the health dangers of their products and their efforts to mislead the public about those risks, a new court order says. These new statements must be published on corporate websites by June 18 and on cigarette packaging by Nov. 21, according to the court order issued ...

FDA Cracks Down on Dangerous E-Cig Liquids That Resemble Cookies, Candy

Posted 1 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday warned the makers of e-cigarette liquids that are packaged to look like juice boxes, candies and cookies to stop selling their products. The action, taken in concert with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, also cited some of these companies for illegally selling these products to minors. In all, 13 warning letters were ...

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