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FDA Warns of Deaths Tied to Tainted Synthetic Pot

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FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – Synthetic marijuana products contaminated with an ingredient found in rat poison have caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States recently, federal health officials report. The contaminant – a blood thinner called brodifacoum – can cause severe bleeding and has been found in synthetic marijuana products with names such as K2 and Spice, ...

E-Cigarettes, Nicotine Patch During Pregnancy May Hike SIDS Risk

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THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Using any form of nicotine during pregnancy or while nursing may raise a baby's risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), new animal research suggests. The findings indicate that nicotine patches or electronic cigarettes may not be a safe alternative to cigarettes during pregnancy, the study authors said. The findings appear in the July 18 Journal of Physiology. ...

AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots -- in Mice

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WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a stroke or heart attack. In the study published July 18 in the ...

Yet Another Reason Why It's Hard to Stop Smoking

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WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Could losing their sense of identity be one reason why so many smokers find it hard to kick the habit? That's the conclusion of new research out of Britain. "When people attempt to quit smoking, what they are really doing is attempting to bury part of their old identity and reconfigure a new one," said lead researcher Caitlin Notley, from the University of East Anglia ...

Quitting Smoking? Even a Little Exercise Can Help You Stay Slim

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WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 – Fear of weight gain can keep many smokers from kicking the habit. But a new study involving older women might help change that: It found that for those who quit, even a bit of exercise helped keep the pounds at bay. "Being active after quitting smoking was found to reduce weight gain, regardless of the amount of physical activity before quitting," Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, ...

Teens Sneaking Juul E-Cig Into Classrooms

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THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – Parents, if you want to find out whether your teenagers are "juuling" in school, you might consider checking their Twitter accounts. That's what California researchers did, and after sifting through more than 80,000 tweets, they found almost 1 in 25 detailed using the tiny e-cigarette device during class hours. "We saw posts about using Juul or seeing someone else use ...

Health Tip: Teens E-cigarette Users More Likely to Smoke: Study

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

-- Students who use electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes and use other tobacco products within a year, according to a new study by the National Institutes of Health published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study looked at 222 9th graders who had used e-cigarettes or tobacco and 2,308 students who ...

Smoking Becoming a No-No on College Campuses

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FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 – Smoking continues to fall out of favor at colleges and universities across America, a new study finds. As of November 2017, over 2,000 U.S. college campuses were smoke-free (no smoking) or tobacco-free (no smokeless tobacco use or smoking), compared with only 774 campuses in 2012, the report found. In 2017, 84 percent of smoke-free campuses were tobacco-free, compared ...

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 ...

Smoking and Diabetes Linked to Calcium Buildup in Brain

Posted 12 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 – Smoking and diabetes could increase the risk of abnormal calcium buildup in the brain, a new Dutch study suggests. The study included nearly 2,000 people, average age 78, who visited a memory clinic in the Netherlands. Brain CT scans showed more than 19 percent of them had abnormal calcium buildups (calcifications) in the brain's hippocampus. That part of the brain plays ...

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

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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 ...

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