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Smokers Who Roll Their Own Less Likely to Quit

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Smokers who roll their own cigarettes are less likely to try to kick the habit and cost may be the reason why, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 38,000 adults in England who were smokers or who had quit in the past year. About 56 percent said they smoked only factory-made cigarettes, while nearly 37 percent said they smoked only roll-your-own ...

Millions of Americans Still Breathing Secondhand Smoke: Report

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Despite three decades of declines in secondhand smoke exposure, 58 million Americans – children included – are still breathing in tobacco fumes, federal health officials reported Thursday. Nearly 40 percent of children aged 3 to 11 are exposed to secondhand smoke, as are nearly 50 percent of the poor and almost 40 percent of people living in apartments, according to ...

AHA: How to Stop Smoking … for Good

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Nobody knows who first said, "To succeed, you first have to fail." But it's a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful. "We've heard about people who say, 'That's it!' and they stop for good. But that's pretty rare," said tobacco ...

Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Smokers who switch to vaping can have the occasional cigarette without a complete relapse, new research suggests. The study included 40 people who quit smoking by using e-cigarettes (vaping). About half said they had either brief or regular tobacco smoking relapses, particularly in social situations. However, they didn't view such slip-ups as the end of their attempt to ...

Vaporized Pot Means a Higher High

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – A smokeless method of vaporizing and then inhaling pot packs a much more powerful punch than simply smoking weed, researchers say. That could raise safety concerns for users – driving, for example. Marijuana vaporizers heat pot to a temperature just below combustion, allowing people to inhale the intoxicating chemical THC from the plant material without breathing in any ...

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Harm an Asthmatic Child

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – A 6-year-old boy with severe asthma wasn't responding to the usual treatments. It was only when family members stopped smoking marijuana at home that his breathing got better, according to his doctor. The boy's case shows that exposure to secondhand pot smoke can worsen asthma in children who have a marijuana allergy, a new study reports. The child's relatives ...

More Teens Try Pot Before Booze, Cigarettes

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Rebellious teens used to reach for cigarettes or alcohol. Now, marijuana is increasingly their first choice, a new study reveals. Columbia University researchers who analyzed national survey data say the "gateway pattern" of substance use is changing. Since 2006, less than 50 percent of teens have tried cigarettes or alcohol before trying marijuana for the first time, ...

As Vaping Became Popular Among Young, Smoking Rates Fell

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – The advent of the e-cigarette appears to have spurred a huge drop in tobacco smoking rates among teenagers and young adults, a new study claims. Previous research has argued that vaping could prove to be a gateway drug for smoking, by getting youngsters hooked on nicotine and used to the physical actions associated with smoking. Instead, smoking among teens dropped off ...

Smoking Bans Might Help Nonsmokers' Blood Pressure

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – Smoking bans in public places might protect more than the lungs of nonsmokers, with new research suggesting a beneficial effect on blood pressure. "We found that nonsmoking adults in the study who lived in areas with smoke-free laws in restaurants, bars or workplaces had lower systolic [top number] blood pressure by the end of the follow-up period compared to those who ...

Secondhand Pot Smoke Found in Kids' Lungs

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – If you're a pot-smoking parent and you think your kids aren't affected, think again. New research found evidence of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure in nearly half of children whose parents smoke the drug. "While the effects of tobacco smoke have been studied extensively, we are still learning about marijuana exposure," said researcher Dr. Karen Wilson, from the Icahn ...

Vapers May Prompt Smokers to Quit: Study

Posted 17 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 – Could vapers be a good influence on smokers? New research suggests that's so: Cigarette smokers who spent more time with people who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to try quitting smoking. The study included more than 13,000 smokers in England. Of those, nearly 26 percent said they regularly spent time with e-cigarette users. Among that group, about 32 percent ...

1 in 5 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes: CDC

Posted 16 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – More than 20 percent of high school students use electronic cigarettes, risking nicotine addiction, lung damage and the temptation to try traditional smokes, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of high school teens who started vaping, as e-cigarette use is called, increased from 220,000 (1.5 percent) to just over 3 million (20.8 ...

FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cig Sales, Ban Menthol Cigarettes

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will take steps to limit or ban access to flavored e-cigarettes, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. The move against flavored e-cigarettes stops short of the full ban that had been expected from the agency. Instead, sales of these products – thought to be especially alluring to teens – will only be allowed in ...

Under Pressure, Juul Withdraws Most Flavored E-Cigs From Market

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Juul Labs, which commands 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market, announced Tuesday that it would cease selling most flavored versions of its popular vaping pods in retail stores. The company said it would also terminate its social media productions related to the flavored products. The announcement comes after increasing pressure from the U.S. Food and Drug ...

Breaking the Smoking-Drinking Connection

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Smoking and drinking often go hand-in-hand, stimulating pleasure centers in the brain. But there's even more to this unhealthy relationship than meets the eye. Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other. It takes time for y ...

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