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AHA: Hookah Smoking Trendy, Despite Evidence of Health Risks

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TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association) – While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity – hookah smoking – and researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults. Once seen as an exotic pastime and cultural phenomenon in the Middle East, hookah smoking spread to Europe and North America in ...

More Evidence Pot May Damage the Teen Brain

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MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 – Smoking just a couple of joints may cause significant changes in a teenager's brain structure, a new study has found. Brain scans show that some adolescents who've tried marijuana just a couple of times exhibit significant increases in the volume of their gray matter. These changes were associated with increased risk of anxiety, and decreased ability on thinking and ...

A Better Strategy for Quitting Smoking

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FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 – Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but studies have found that one strategy in particular can help many people: Start anti-smoking medication well before your intended quit date. Under traditional prescribing guidelines, people who plan to quit smoking with the help of a medication begin taking their anti-smoking drug about one week before their set quit ...

Teen Pot-Smoking Drops in Washington State After Legalization

Posted 22 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 – Contrary to predictions, teen marijuana use declined in Washington state after recreational pot was legalized in 2012, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from the Washington Healthy Youth Surveys of 2010-2012 and 2014-2016. They found that marijuana use among eighth-graders fell from almost 10 percent to just over 7 percent. In 10th grade, pot use declined from ...

Could Pot Harm Men's Sperm?

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 – New research shows that marijuana causes genetic changes in sperm, though it's not clear what effect those changes have, or if they're passed on to a man's children. But the scientists said their findings suggest that men trying to have children should consider avoiding marijuana. In experiments with rats and a study involving 24 men, the Duke University team found ...

Vapers Exposed to Fewer Toxins Than Conventional Smokers: Study

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 – Electronic cigarette users take in lower levels of potentially harmful compounds than smokers, a new study shows. But e-cigarette users are exposed to much higher levels of these compounds than people who don't use the devices and don't smoke. "The findings are striking, because we now have solid evidence that e-cigarettes – while they still expose users to some ...

Some E-Cig Liquids Contain Erectile Dysfunction Drugs: FDA

Posted 12 Dec 2018 by

Consumers should not use two e-cigarette liquids that contain erectile dysfunction drugs because they may pose health risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The two HelloCig e-liquids contain tadalafil and sildenafil, the main ingredients in two of the most popular male enhancement drugs (Cialis and Viagra) on the market, according to the FDA, CNN reported. Lab tests found ...

Smokers Who Roll Their Own Less Likely to Quit

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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 7 Dec 2018 by

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 5 Dec 2018 by

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 ...

Untangling the Ties Between Troubled Teens and Pot Use

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FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 – Teens with behavioral problems are more likely than others to use marijuana – but the drug itself doesn't increase conduct problems, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that a "cascading chain of events" predict marijuana use problems as teens become young adults, according to the University of Pennsylvania researchers. "Cannabis use in and of itself does not ...

Smoking Relapse Less Likely Among Vapers: Study

Posted 30 Nov 2018 by

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 30 Nov 2018 by

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 29 Nov 2018 by

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 28 Nov 2018 by

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, ...

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