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AHA: Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The science behind why it's so difficult to quit smoking is crystal clear: Nicotine is addictive – reportedly as addictive as cocaine or heroin. Yet any adult can stroll into a drug store and buy a pack of cigarettes, no questions asked. "From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin but people ...

Hip-Hop Loaded With Pot, Cigarette References

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MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 – Hip-hop music videos are rife with use of marijuana, e-cigarettes and traditional smokes, perhaps enticing young viewers to light up, researchers say. "While there is no doubt that hip-hop artists have made many positive contributions to social change – speaking out on issues like police violence against minorities – there's also a history of showing regulated ...

E-Cigs Continue to Spark Debate Over Health Risks/Benefits

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – With sales of electronic cigarettes skyrocketing, Americans remain divided on whether the devices are a boon or a threat to public health. That's the main finding of a new HealthDay/Harris Poll that surveyed over 2,000 adults on their e-cigarette views. Vaping has long been promoted as a way to help smokers kick the habit – offering them a route to get nicotine ...

AHA: The Study and Town That Changed the Health of a Generation

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It's been 70 years since a small, middle-class community 23 miles west of Boston became the linchpin in helping to solve the mysteries of heart disease. Smoking. Cholesterol. Blood pressure. Obesity. It's common knowledge today that these all can lead to heart trouble. But in the 1940s, with one in two deaths caused by cardiovascular ...

AHA: Doctors Could Do More to Help Smokers With Poor Circulation

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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Doctors are not doing nearly enough to help peripheral artery disease patients quit smoking, a key risk factor for the disease, a new study shows. The study, published Oct. 3 in the Journal of the American Heart Association, took a close look at the relationship between smoking and peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a narrowing of the ...

Health Tip: Manage Cravings After You Quit Smoking

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-- The health benefits of quitting smoking have been well documented. But many people put it off, fearing the inevitable cravings. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests how to manage cravings: Keep your hands busy, such as by sorting the mail or washing the dishes. Prepare healthy snacks in the morning to have them ready throughout the day. Chew sugar-free gum. Discover a new ...

Smoking Seems to Weaken the Immune System: Study

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – The list of health risks linked to smoking continues to grow. A small study reports that, aside from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease, cigarette smokers also have weakened immune systems affecting their dental health. Scientists from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that smoking reduces the ability of pulp inside teeth to fight ...

Sales of Juul E-Cigarettes Skyrocket

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – In just a year, sales of Juul electronic cigarettes jumped 641 percent, a new U.S. government study shows. The slim devices are especially popular among youth, and in recent months the Food and Drug Administration has taken steps to curb their use. But Juul sales rose from 2.2 million in 2016 to 16.2 million in 2017, according to the new report from the Centers for ...

More Evidence That E-Cig Use Leads to Smoking

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TUESDAY, Oct. 2, 2018 – Teens who use electronic cigarettes are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes and to eventually increase their use of both products, another study suggests. But the researchers also found that increased use of both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes over time is not linked with other factors such as alcohol or marijuana use. The study included more than 2,000 ...

Smoked, Vaped, Eaten: U.S. Teens Use Pot in Many Ways

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FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – American teens are partaking of pot in any way they can, from smoking to vaping to eating marijuana edibles, new research shows. The study, of Los Angeles-area high school students, found that about one-third had ever used marijuana. And most of them had used it in more than one way. Smoking was most popular, but many kids also took the drug via "edibles" or "vaping" – ...

Health Tip: Keep Your Home's Air Quality Safer

Posted 27 Sep 2018 by

-- Indoor air may actually harbor more hazardous pollutants than outdoor air, the National Safety Council says. These may include cigarette smoke, chemical odors, lead, mold, radon and pesticide residues, the agency says. Here are its recommendations for how to keep your home's air safer: Test your home for radon. Keep your car and home smoke-free. Control moisture, and clean up any mold ...

Rat Poison in Synthetic Pot Can Kill Users: Report

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 – Synthetic marijuana laced with rat poison has caused hundreds of hospitalizations in the United States this year, and a new study details just how serious the poisonings can be. In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned of recent outbreaks of severe bleeding linked to synthetic marijuana that was tainted with brodifacoum – a blood thinner used in rat ...

If Mom Smokes Pot, Kids May Try It Sooner

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MONDAY, Sept. 24, 2018 – If Mom partakes of pot, her kids may be more likely to try it themselves at an earlier age. That's the contention of a new study, though it doesn't prove that one causes the other. Still, "early initiation is one of the strongest predictors of the likelihood of experiencing health consequences from marijuana use," said lead investigator Natasha Sokol, who's with Brown ...

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 ...

Zapping Airway Nerves May Help COPD Patients Breathe

Posted 18 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – Thousands of Americans struggling with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a new treatment option to help them breathe easier. COPD, which is often linked to smoking, is a progressive deterioration of lung function that involves a combination of bronchitis and emphysema symptoms. It's the third leading cause of death in the United States, and while ...

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