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FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Extinguish E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

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TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a new ad campaign aimed at curbing rampant e-cigarette use among American teens. Just last week, the agency announced a crackdown on companies that make e-cigarettes and stores that sell the products illegally to minors. The companies have 60 days to come up with plans to stop those sales or the FDA said it will ...

1 in 3 High School E-Cig Users Vape Pot: Survey

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MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 – E-cigarettes are fast becoming a clever way for American teens to use pot, with a new survey showing that nearly a third of high school e-cig users have vaped marijuana. The survey involved nearly 20,700 middle and high school students from both public and private institutions. The goal was to gain fresh insight into vaping, which has been the most popular means for ...

AHA: More Work Needed to Curb Smoking Among Certain Groups

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THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Melvin Stubbs knows smoking cigarettes could give him heart disease, lung cancer or kill him. He said his habit hurts his wife and parents, who often urge him to quit. "That's one thing I struggle with on a daily basis," said Stubbs, 38, a smoker for almost two decades. "You know if you don't stop how many loved ones will be upset if ...

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 – Calling the use of electronic cigarettes a burgeoning epidemic among teens, the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of Juuls and other flavored e-cigarette devices to minors. More than 1,200 warning letters and fines have been sent to retailers and five major e-cigarette manufacturers who illegally sold Juul devices, which ...

Juuls Pack Same Nicotine Punch as Cigarettes

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TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 – Juuls, the latest craze in vaping, deliver levels of nicotine that nearly match what is inhaled with tobacco cigarettes, a new study finds. Not only do these e-cigarette devices contain high levels of nicotine, they deliver it in a form that makes it easier for the body to absorb, the researchers said. Juuls, which look much like computer flash drives, and similar ...

AHA: Nicotine Patch Safe for Smokers Hospitalized With Heart Trouble

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FRIDAY, Sept. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Nicotine replacement therapy appears to be a safe option for smokers hospitalized for heart disease, even for critically ill patients on their first day, according to a new study. Researchers hope the findings will encourage doctors to prescribe nicotine patches or other replacement therapies more often during a window when patients are most ...

Even 'Good' Levels of Air Pollution Are Bad for Smokers

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TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2018 – Even low levels of air pollution can pose a threat to the lungs of cigarette smokers, researchers say. They tested 29 nonsmokers, 71 smokers without lung disease, and 58 smokers with the lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study found that the lungs of both groups of smokers could be harmed by levels of air pollution considered good by the ...

AHA: Why More Americans Are Kicking the Smoking Habit

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More and more Americans are putting out their cigarettes – for good. The overall cigarette smoking rate among U.S. adults has hit an all-time low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preliminary data from the National Health Interview Survey showed that smoking rates declined from 15.5 percent in 2016 to 13.9 ...

Monitoring System for Underage Tobacco Sales Falls Short: Study

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – The way that U.S. regulators try to find stores that illegally sell tobacco products to minors doesn't work, a new study contends. The approach involves an undercover minor trying to make a single attempt at a store to buy tobacco products. In this study, researchers hired minors and monitored them as they tried to buy tobacco products in 201 randomly chosen stores in ...

Smoking, Drinking a Double Whammy for Teens' Arteries: Study

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Teens who drink or smoke already have stiffening arteries, and the risk is highest for those who are both heavy smokers and heavy drinkers, a new study reports. Arterial stiffening is a sign of blood vessel damage that increases the chances for heart attack and stroke later in life. The good news is that teens can reverse this damage if they stop smoking and drinking, ...

AHA: This Single Dad Kicked 30-Year Tobacco Habit for His Son

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) – John Jaramillo was a 45-year-old newly divorced single dad to 7-year-old Zeph. As if that weren't enough to deal with, he was also having excruciating pain in his jaw, neck and shoulder. Having used tobacco for 30 years, Jaramillo figured that was to blame. So in 2010, he kicked the habit – cold turkey. "I wanted to live to see Zeph graduate ...

Daily Vaping Tied to Doubling of Heart Attack Risk

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – People who puff electronic cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost fivefold for those who use them along with traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. "Using both products at the same time is worse than using either one separately," said senior study author Stanton Glantz. He's director of the Center for Tobacco Control ...

FDA Bans E-Cig Liquid Products That Look Like Snacks, Candies

Posted 23 Aug 2018 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – Potentially poisonous e-cigarette liquid made by 17 different manufacturers comes in packaging that strongly resembles that of candies, cookies and other snacks popular with kids. And after warnings sent to the companies in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the products on Thursday. The agency told the companies that labels and ads for the ...

Store Tobacco Ads Help Get Kids Vaping

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – Tobacco displays and advertising in convenience stores make teens more willing to try electronic cigarettes, researchers say. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used smoking products among young people in the United States. The study, which included 160 middle and high school students between 11 and 17 years of age, was conducted in a laboratory that replicated a ...

Vaping Can Damage DNA, But Will It Cause Cancer?

Posted 20 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 – E-cigarettes produce chemicals that can damage a person's DNA, the first step on a path that might lead to cancer, a new study reports. The saliva of a small group of e-cigarette users contained increased levels of three DNA-damaging compounds, the researchers said. These chemicals are formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal. Further, four of the five e-cigarette users ...

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