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Many Teens 'Vaping' for Flavor, Not Nicotine

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2016 – Why are American teens tempted to try an e-cigarette? A new study suggests most are interested in the vaping product's flavoring, not nicotine. A team led by Richard Miech, of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, tracked the responses of nearly 15,000 students who took part in a 2015 U.S. nationwide survey. More than 3,800 of the students – who were in grades 8, 10 and 12 – said they had used e-cigarettes at some point. Of those who had used e-cigarettes within the past month, more than 1,700 had done so at least once; nearly 1,100 had done so up to five times; and more than 600 had done so more than half a dozen times, the findings showed. Among the students who had ever used e-cigarettes, two-thirds used the device where a non-nicotine, flavored ingredient was used, the survey found. Nicotine came in at a distant second: Used by 13 ... Read more

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Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 – Doctors disagree on the best way to answer patients' questions about electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. They also want more investigation of the devices – specifically, about the safety of e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes, according to the Stanford University researchers. While traditional cigarettes deliver nicotine when the smoker inhales burning tobacco, e-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine until it vaporizes. Researchers analyzed more than 500 online discussions between doctors and patients about e-cigarettes. About 34 percent of patient questions were about the side effects and dangers of e-cigarettes; 27 percent were about general safety; and 19 percent about using e-cigarettes to stop smoking. Side effects and safety were also the most common topics that doctors raised. But doctors were more likely to raise concerns about nicotine ... Read more

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Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Cancer is on track to become the leading cause of death in the United States, closing in on heart disease as America's number one killer, a new government study shows. Heart disease has consistently been the leading cause of death for decades, and remained so in 2014, according to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the gap between heart disease and the second-leading cause of death, cancer, has been narrowing since 1968, the researchers said. Cancer actually surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for 22 states in 2014, the study found. Back in 2000, Alaska and Minnesota were the only two states where cancer killed more people than heart disease. In addition, cancer is now the leading cause of death for a number of minority groups, including Hispanics, Asians ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana's Pain Relief May Work Better for Men

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 – Smoking a joint provides greater pain relief to men than to women, a new study indicates. Researchers asked 42 recreational marijuana smokers to place one hand in extremely cold water until they could no longer tolerate the pain. They did this twice: Once after smoking marijuana and once after puffing on a placebo. After smoking marijuana, men reported they were significantly less sensitive to pain. They were also more able tolerate pain. While women reported they were somewhat more able to tolerate pain after smoking marijuana, it brought them no significant pain relief. Despite the differences in pain relief, men and women had similar levels of intoxication after smoking marijuana. The findings come at a time when more people are turning to medical marijuana for pain relief. "This study underscores the importance of including both men and women in clinical ... Read more

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Fewer Cancer-Causing Chemicals in E-Cigs Than Regular Cigarettes: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 – Smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes get the same levels of nicotine, but lower levels of toxins and cancer-causing chemicals, new research shows. "This study suggests that smokers who completely switch to e-cigarettes and stop smoking tobacco cigarettes may significantly reduce their exposure to many cancer-causing chemicals," said lead author Maciej Goniewicz, an assistant professor of oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. The researchers recruited 20 daily-smoking adults who had smoked for an average of 12 years. For two weeks, they used e-cigarettes instead of tobacco cigarettes. During that time, their urine was analyzed for levels of nicotine and 17 "biomarkers" of toxins and carcinogens. Significant declines in 12 of the 17 biomarkers were noted during those two weeks. The declines were similar to those seen when people quit ... Read more

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Smoking Bans in Affordable Housing Benefit All: Study

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – Making affordable housing smoke-free lowers residents' exposure to secondhand smoke and may even help smokers quit, a new study finds. "Although more research is needed to investigate strategies to address compliance and enforcement issues, implementing smoke-free multi-unit housing policies in affordable housing may be a promising step toward eliminating tobacco-related disparities," the researchers wrote. The study included 180 residents of eight affordable housing properties in Minnesota. All the properties prohibited smoking indoors and three also banned smoking on the outdoor grounds. The residents were surveyed one month before and six months after the smoke-free policies were implemented. Those policies led to a 20 percent reduction in nonsmokers' indoor exposure to secondhand smoke, but there was no decrease in exposure to outdoor secondhand smoke, the ... Read more

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Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Poor habits that take a toll on health are also costing Canadians an average of six fewer years of life, new research suggests. And the researchers contended the reverse was true – folks with the healthiest lifestyles lived nearly 18 years longer than those with the poorest health-related lifestyles. Smoking, an unhealthy diet, a lack of physical activity and excess alcohol use were the likely causes of about 50 percent of Canadian deaths, the researchers said. "Unhealthy behaviors place a major burden on Canadian life expectancies," said lead author Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, said in a hospital news release. The researchers developed a new algorithm to review national data. The study authors concluded that 26 percent of all Canadian deaths are caused by smoking, 24 percent by inactivity, 12 percent by poor ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking May Gain You Friends

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Kicking the smoking habit doesn't only boost your health, it may also help you build a wider circle of friendships, a new study says. And, over several years, quitters were more likely to start new friendships with nonsmokers, the research found. "I wouldn't say it's a surprise, but it's a welcome finding. It's good to have it documented by a study that quitting smoking will broaden your social circles," said Dr. Norman Edelman, senior medical consultant at the American Lung Association. He was not involved with the research, but reviewed its findings. The study also confirmed what has been seen in previous research: People trying to quit who spend less time around smokers have the highest success rates over time. The number of smokers in the United States has been declining for decades and is now at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease ... Read more

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U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – There's good news and bad news on America's college kids: They smoke less than other young adults, but they drink more. So finds data from a 2014 – the latest year available – federal government survey of more than 10,000 people aged 18 to 22, about 4,000 of whom were in college. The poll found that compared to others their age, about 60 percent of full-time college students are current drinkers compared to just over half of people their age who aren't in college. About 38 percent of college students said they have had a binge-drinking episode at least once over the past month, compared to about one-third of their peers who weren't in college, the report found. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion. All of this is "important now that many students are starting, or returning to, college," said Fran Harding, who directs the ... Read more

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Paying Smokers to Quit May Pay Off

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – Money may help some smokers stub out their cigarettes for good, a new study suggests. Among hundreds of poor smokers, continued payments helped more than one third kick the habit long term, Swiss researchers found. The maximum amount doled out was $1,650. "In relatively low-income smokers who did not receive face-to-face counseling or medications, large financial incentives increase long-term smoking cessation rates," said lead researcher Jean-Francois Etter, a professor of public health at the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva. Three months after the pay-to-quit program started, 44 percent of smokers who received money said they had been abstinent continuously, compared with 6 percent of those not paid, researchers found. Even after incentive payments stopped at 6 months, those paid to quit were more likely to stay off cigarettes. At 6 ... Read more

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This Key Neighborhood Factor May Help Smokers Quit

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – The inconvenience of having to walk farther to the nearest cigarette vendor might be enough to help smokers quit, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland tracked data on almost 21,000 current and former smokers. The investigators wanted to see how changes in the walking distance from home to the nearest tobacco shop affected smoking behavior. The result: For every added one-third of a mile the smoker had to walk, there was a 20 to 60 percent increase in his or her odds of quitting the habit, the study found. Increasing the distance needed to buy cigarettes had no impact on whether a former smoker would resume the habit, however. And the study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, it could only point to an association. The research was led by Anna Pulakka of the University of Turku, and published online Aug. 15 in JAMA Internal Medicine. One expert at helping ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Yourself From Hardened Arteries

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Plaque that builds up in arteries reduces blood flow and makes arteries more rigid – a condition known as atherosclerosis. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests these preventive tips: Adopt a heart-healthy diet that's rich in fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean proteins. Avoid foods high in fat, sugar and salt. Get plenty of regular exercise. Don't smoke. If you have excess weight, find a program that's healthy and works for you to help you shed pounds. Find out your family medical history, and tell your doctor if you have relatives with atherosclerosis. Read more

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Starting Monday, FDA Banning E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – The sale of e-cigarettes to minors will be banned starting Monday, as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-awaited plan to extend the agency's regulatory powers across all tobacco products. The new rules halt the sale of e-cigarettes and any other tobacco product to anyone younger than 18. The regulations also require photo IDs to buy e-cigarettes, and ban retailers from handing out free samples or selling them in all-ages vending machines. The rules also cover other alternative forms of tobacco like cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to create an aerosol that delivers nicotine, flavor and other chemicals when inhaled by the user. Manufacturers have marketed the products as a way to help smokers quit cigarettes. But, opponents contend that the nicotine-laden e-cigarettes actually ... Read more

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Why Teens Choose E-Cigarettes

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – Teenagers try e-cigarettes the first time for very teen-related reasons – they're curious, friends use them, and there are lots of different flavors that taste good. But the teens most likely to keep using e-cigarettes do so for very practical reasons, a new study suggests. The low cost of the devices and the promise they can help teens quit smoking tobacco are the two strong predictors of continued use, said senior researcher Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. She is a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Teens who initially tried e-cigarettes because of their low cost had significantly stepped up their use of e-cigarettes by the time researchers checked in six months later. In addition, teens who tried e-cigarettes to quit smoking were more than 14 times more likely to keep using e-cigarettes than those who did not consider ... Read more

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Blindness Biggest Fear for Many Americans

Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 – Blindness is what many Americans fear most, a new survey shows. "These findings underscore the importance of good eyesight to most and that having good vision is key to one's overall sense of well-being," said lead researcher Dr. Adrienne Scott and colleagues. Scott is an assistant professor of opthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "The consistency of these findings among the varying ethnic/racial groups underscores the importance of educating the public on eye health and mobilizing public support for vision research," the researchers added in a news release. The nationwide online poll, commissioned by the nonprofit health research group known as Research!America, found that 88 percent of more than 2,000 respondents considered good vision vital to overall health. And 47 percent said losing their sight would have the most ... Read more

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