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Pot Still a Drug of Choice for Many U.S. Adults

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THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Fewer American teens may be smoking pot, but the same can't be said for older adults, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed federal government data and found that non-daily marijuana use fell among Americans aged 12 to 25 and 35 to 49 before 2007, but rose among all adults after 2007. This was particularly true among adults 26 to 34 – a 4.5 percent increase. Daily ...

More Evidence That Vaping May Help Some Smokers Quit

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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

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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

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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 ...

More Teens Than Ever Would Try Marijuana

Posted 15 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – One in four U.S. high school seniors would try marijuana or use it more often if it was legal, a new survey finds. That rate – the highest in the 43-year history of the Monitoring the Future survey – likely reflects growing pot legalization in the United States, researchers said. Broken down, about 15 percent of 12th graders said they would try marijuana if it was ...

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

Posted 1 Jun 2018 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 ...

Asthmatic Teens Even More Likely to Vape Than Those Without the Illness

Posted 1 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Perhaps assuming that e-cigarettes are "safer" than tobacco, teens with asthma now vape at higher rates than those without the respiratory condition, new research shows. However, "the use of products containing nicotine in any form among youths – including electronic cigarettes – is unsafe," said study author Keshia Reid, a senior environmental epidemiologist at the ...

Pot Replacing Tobacco, Booze as Teens' Drug of Choice

Posted 31 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Pot is increasingly replacing cigarettes and alcohol as the first drug of choice among young Americans, researchers have found. Boys, black Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and multi-racial Americans were the most likely to turn to marijuana before other recreational drugs, the new report suggests. For the study, the investigators analyzed nationwide surveys done ...

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 ...

Mom-to-Be's Pot Use Tied to Changes in Baby's Size, Behavior

Posted 22 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 – Smoking marijuana during pregnancy has been linked to smaller weights and irritable behavior in infants, new research suggests. And if a pregnant woman smokes tobacco along with marijuana, the effects on the baby are even worse, the study authors said. "A lot of women who are smoking cigarettes are smoking in combination with marijuana. Women who smoked both cigarettes ...

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 ...

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