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17 Mar

Taxing Cigarettes Reduces Infant Death Rate, Study Finds

Raising cigarette taxes may lead to significant reductions in infant mortality, according to a new study.

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06 Jul
FDA Temporarily Suspends Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

FDA Temporarily Suspends Ban on Juul E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday temporarily suspended its ban on e-cigarettes sold by Juul Labs while the company while appeals the agency's action.

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products wrote on

21 Jun
Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

A new rule that would require tobacco companies to slash nicotine levels in cigarettes could be issued Tuesday by the Biden administration.

The rule, which would have an unprecedented effect in lowering smoking-related deaths, would be unveiled as part of a compilation o...

10 Jun
Another Smoking Hazard for Men: Brittle Bones

Another Smoking Hazard for Men: Brittle Bones

You can add more risk of broken bones to the long list of health harms that smoking poses to men.

Along with cancer and respiratory diseases, men who smoke have a significantly increased risk of

06 May
Smoking-Plus-Vaping No Healthier Than Smoking on Its Own

Smoking-Plus-Vaping No Healthier Than Smoking on Its Own

Some smokers use e-cigarettes to try to kick the habit, but new research shows mixing smoking and vaping is no better for your heart health than just smoking.

Among 24,000 ...

28 Apr
FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

FDA Proposes Ban on Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released proposed rules — first announced a year ago — to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

"The proposed rules would help prevent children from becoming the next generation of smokers and help adult smokers...

27 Apr
'Brain Zap' Technology May Help Hardcore Smokers Quit

'Brain Zap' Technology May Help Hardcore Smokers Quit

Smoking is said by some to be the hardest addiction to break, and certain people might benefit from brain stimulation to quit, French researchers suggest.

Smokers who received

27 Apr
Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Smoking Rates Drop for Americans Battling Depression, Substance Abuse

Folks who struggle with depression and substance use disorders often tend to be smokers, but a new study finds that smoking ...

18 Apr
Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Raise ADHD Risk in Kids After All

Smoking During Pregnancy May Not Raise ADHD Risk in Kids After All

Smoking during pregnancy does not directly cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a new paper that challenges a widely held belief.

"Our systematic re...

13 Apr
Why Do Some Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer?

Why Do Some Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer?

Strong natural protection against cancer-causing mutations may explain why some longtime smokers don't develop lung cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers compared mutations in cells lining the lungs from 14 never-smokers, ages 11 to 86, and 19 smokers, ages 44 to...

12 Apr
For Smokers With Heart Trouble, Quitting Equals the Benefit of 3 Meds: Study

For Smokers With Heart Trouble, Quitting Equals the Benefit of 3 Meds: Study

Quitting smoking can give heart disease patients nearly five additional years of life without heart problems, according to a new study.

"Kicking the habit appears to be as effective as taking three medications for preventing heart attacks and strokes in those with a prio...

31 Mar
Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Bong Use at Home Quickly Fills Air With Toxins

Smoking pot through a bong doesn't protect the nonsmokers in the room from the dangers of secondhand smoke, a new study warns.

Bongs have been touted as a safe way to protect nonsmokers from secondhand marijuana smoke. But it can expose them to extremely high concentrati...

18 Mar
U.S. Smoking, Vaping Rates Fell in First Year of Pandemic: CDC

U.S. Smoking, Vaping Rates Fell in First Year of Pandemic: CDC

Consider it a silver lining, courtesy of the coronavirus: A new government report reveals that both cigarette smoking and

03 Feb
Young Pot Smokers May Be at Higher Odds for Repeat Strokes

Young Pot Smokers May Be at Higher Odds for Repeat Strokes

Young adult pot smokers who've suffered a stroke are more likely to have another stroke if they keep toking, a new study finds.

Research has already linked heavy cannabis use with an in...

22 Jan
You Don't Have to Smoke to Get Lung Cancer

You Don't Have to Smoke to Get Lung Cancer

Tobacco use is far and away the leading cause of lung cancer, but non-smokers are also at risk, experts say.

People who smoke have the highest risk, and smokeless tobacco is also a threat. About 90% of lung cancer cases could be prevented by eliminating tobacco use, acco...

18 Jan
Vaping Might Worsen COVID-19 Symptoms

Vaping Might Worsen COVID-19 Symptoms

If you vape and catch COVID-19, you may feel a whole lot worse than people who come down with the virus but don't use electronic cigarettes, researchers say.

...

17 Jan
Why Quitting Smoking Might Be a Bit Tougher for Women

Why Quitting Smoking Might Be a Bit Tougher for Women

Quitting smoking is a daunting challenge for anyone, but a new international study suggests that women may struggle more than men to kick the habit.

Women were less likely than men to be successful on their first day of trying to quit, a critical predictor of long-term s...

15 Jan
You Don't Have to Be a Smoker to Get Lung Cancer

You Don't Have to Be a Smoker to Get Lung Cancer

Think you're safe from lung cancer because you've never smoked? Think again.

While cigarette smoking is the main cause of lung cancer, it's possible to get the disease without ever lighting up.

"Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer," said Dr. Missak Haigentz Jr.,...

11 Jan
Four Factors in Midlife Predict a Healthy Old Age for Women

Four Factors in Midlife Predict a Healthy Old Age for Women

Examining a woman's health in midlife can predict her health decades later, researchers say.

Four specific factors -- higher body mass index (BMI), smoking, arthritis and depressive symptoms -- at age 55 are associated with clinically important declines in physical healt...

05 Jan
Quitting Smoking Ups Survival After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Quitting Smoking Ups Survival After Lung Cancer Diagnosis

For smokers, new research suggests it really is never too late to quit.

The study found that folks who kick their habit after a lung cancer diagnosis will likely live longer than those who continue lighting up.

Investigators from Italy concluded that lung cancer p...

05 Jan
Resolved to Quit Smoking This Year? Experts Offer Tips

Resolved to Quit Smoking This Year? Experts Offer Tips

If giving up tobacco is one of your New Year's resolutions, know that it won't be easy but don't give up. Fifty million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it can be done.

"More than 70% of smokers want to quit smoking and 40% will make an attempt this year, b...

30 Dec
New Zealand Aims for Zero Smokers in a Generation: Could Plan Work Elsewhere?

New Zealand Aims for Zero Smokers in a Generation: Could Plan Work Elsewhere?

Nearly all countries agree: Smoking is bad, and getting people to kick the habit is a worthy public health goal.

But no country has ever attempted what New Zealand is about to try: an outright ban on all cigarette sales.

The plan is to let those who already smoke r...

29 Dec
Could Vaping Help Smokers Quit, Even When They Aren't Trying To?

Could Vaping Help Smokers Quit, Even When They Aren't Trying To?

Some smokers who take up vaping may give up tobacco cigarettes altogether -- without ever intending to, a new study suggests.

The researchers see this as a hopeful sign that daily use of

02 Dec
A Little Cash May Help Women Quit Smoking During Pregnancy: Study

A Little Cash May Help Women Quit Smoking During Pregnancy: Study

Quitting smoking is especially important during pregnancy, and now a new study suggests that when it comes to kicking the habit, cash may be just the incentive some women need.

The study results suggest progressive financial rewards for smoking abstinence "could be imple...

02 Dec
Vaping Can Trigger Gene Changes in Cells: Study

Vaping Can Trigger Gene Changes in Cells: Study

For those who think vaping is safer than smoking, think again.

A new study warns that vaping triggers the same gene regulation changes that smoking does, so it may raise the risk of cancer and other serious diseases.

"Our study, for the first time, investigates the...

22 Nov
Vaping Could Weaken Your Bones, Study Finds

Vaping Could Weaken Your Bones, Study Finds

The evidence against vaping is mounting, and a new study now links e-cigarettes with an increased risk for broken bones.

Over time, vaping appears to increase the risk for fracture of the hip, spine and wrist by 46%, according to the findings. Researchers said these fra...

22 Nov
About 4 in 10 Stroke Survivors Who Smoke Don't Quit the Habit

About 4 in 10 Stroke Survivors Who Smoke Don't Quit the Habit

About 4 in 10 stroke survivors who were smokers still puff away after their stroke, which puts them at increased risk for another stroke or heart disease, a new study shows.

"If you told a stroke neurologist that 40% of their patients don't have their blood pressure cont...

17 Nov
Too Often, Fatal Heart Attack or Stroke Is First Sign of Heart Trouble in Smokers

Too Often, Fatal Heart Attack or Stroke Is First Sign of Heart Trouble in Smokers

A fatal heart attack or stroke is often the first indication of heart disease in middle-aged smokers, according to a new study.

It also found that heart disease is the leading complication among smokers when compared with deaths from other causes -- including lung cancer...

10 Nov
In Canada, Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Had More Smokers Quitting

In Canada, Ban on Menthol Cigarettes Had More Smokers Quitting

If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to know whether it should follow through on its proposed menthol cigarette ban, it need only look to Canada for an answer.

A new study finds that Canada's ban on menthol cigarettes seemed to drive more smokers to quit, with ...

09 Nov
Why Are Young Black Americans Becoming Less Heart-Healthy?

Why Are Young Black Americans Becoming Less Heart-Healthy?

Young, Black Americans are experiencing significant spikes in obesity, type 2 diabetes and smoking, all risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Between 2007 and 2017 -- before the COVID-19 pandemic and the concerns it has created -- hospitalized Black Americans aged 18...

08 Nov
Vaping Worse Than Smoking for Boosting Odds for Stroke at Young Age

Vaping Worse Than Smoking for Boosting Odds for Stroke at Young Age

Adults who vape could suffer a stroke at least a decade younger than those who smoke tobacco, a new study has found.

E-cigarette users have a 15% higher risk of stroke at a younger age than traditional tobacco smokers, according to preliminary findings.

"The median...

25 Oct
Quit Smoking Before 45 & Wipe Out 87% of Lung Cancer Risk

Quit Smoking Before 45 & Wipe Out 87% of Lung Cancer Risk

Smokers who kick the habit before age 45 can nearly eliminate their excess risk of dying from lung or other cancers, a new study estimates.

It's well-established that after smokers quit, their risk of tobacco-related cancers drops substantially over time.

Researche...

20 Oct
Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Switch to Vaping Won't Help Ex-Smokers Quit for Good: Study

Smokers may think electronic cigarettes will help them quit, but a new study finds no evidence that's the case.

Researchers found that among Americans who'd recently quit smoking, those who were using e-cigarettes were just as likely to relapse in the next year as non-us...

20 Oct
Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

Cigarette Sales Jumped During Pandemic

As COVID-19 has surged throughout the United States for the past year and a half, some may have picked up an old bad habit or started a new one.

How do researchers know this? They discovered that cigarette sales jumped during the first 15 months of the pandemic, exceedin...

30 Sep
Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

Smoking, Drinking Gateway to Pot, Study Finds

For those who smoke or drink, it's only a small step to marijuana, researchers report.

"Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may directly increase the level of illicit drug use. However, the relationships are complex," said researcher Dr. Zoe Reed. She is a senior re...

28 Sep
Teens Who Use Pot, E-Cigs and Cigarettes Are in Triple Danger

Teens Who Use Pot, E-Cigs and Cigarettes Are in Triple Danger

More U.S. teens use e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes and marijuana together, posing greater risks to their health and behavior than if they used only one substance, a new study finds.

Called "triple users," this group score high on a profile of psychosocial risk, whi...

27 Sep
Delay in Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Cost Lives: Study

Delay in Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Cost Lives: Study

A specimen cup full of bloody urine.

Decaying feet that sport blackened, rotting toes -- some already amputated.

A pale boy with dark circles under his eyes, drawing breath through an oxygen mask.

Around 179,000 deaths in the United States might have been pre...

10 Sep
FDA Bans Sale of Nearly a Million E-Cigarettes; Allows Juul to Remain on Market

FDA Bans Sale of Nearly a Million E-Cigarettes; Allows Juul to Remain on Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that it had rejected the applications of nearly a million electronic cigarettes and related products.

But it also delayed a decision on the fate of the leading vape product brand, Juul, drawing an outcry from a...

26 Aug
Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than Men

Women May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than Men

Women smokers puff fewer cigarettes than men but have more trouble quitting, French researchers report.

"Our findings highlight the need to provide smoking cessation interventions tailored to the needs of women," said Ingrid Allagbe, a doctoral student at the University ...

24 Aug
Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

The arteries of young people who drink stiffen sooner in their lives, which could increase their risk for heart disease and stroke later on, a British study reports.

People's arteries naturally become less elastic with age, but certain factors -- including alcohol and to...

19 Aug
Kids Who Grew Up With Smokers Have Higher Odds for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kids Who Grew Up With Smokers Have Higher Odds for Rheumatoid Arthritis

While breathing in secondhand smoke is known to harm kids' lungs, new research suggests that children whose parents smoked are also more prone to developing rheumatoid arthritis later in life.

"Our findings give more depth and gravity to the negative health consequences ...

11 Aug
Vaping Just Once Triggers Dangerous 'Oxidative Stress'

Vaping Just Once Triggers Dangerous 'Oxidative Stress'

Young, healthy adults who try vaping for the first time may experience an immediate reaction that can harm cells and lay the groundwork for disease, according to a new study.

Just 30 minutes of vaping can increase oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance...

09 Aug
Gruesome Cigarette Warnings May Work on Smokers: Study

Gruesome Cigarette Warnings May Work on Smokers: Study

Gangrene. Throat cancer. A newborn on a feeding tube.

Gruesome warning images like those on cigarette packs do indeed scare smokers, but they should be combined with other anti-smoking measures, a new study finds.

These kinds of graphic warning labels were approved...

06 Aug
Brain 'Zap' Treatment Might Curb Smoking

Brain 'Zap' Treatment Might Curb Smoking

A kind of 'zap' to the brain -- a technique called noninvasive brain stimulation -- may help hardcore smokers cut back, a new research review suggests.

Nicotine can trigger changes in the brain that make it hard to quit, so researchers have been looking for ways to use n...

02 Aug
Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

Parents' Pot Smoking Means More Colds, Flu for Kids

Kids who are around people who use marijuana may be at risk for more colds and respiratory infections due to secondhand smoke, according to a new study.

In a survey of 1,500 parents and caregivers, those who regularly smoked or vaped marijuana reported more respiratory v...

11 Jun
Smokers, Obese People Need Major Heart Interventions Earlier in Life

Smokers, Obese People Need Major Heart Interventions Earlier in Life

In a finding that confirms healthy habits make for healthy hearts, new research shows that smokers and obese people must have their clogged arteries cleared at much younger ages than nonsmokers or people who are a normal weight.

It found that angioplasty and/or stenting ...

09 Jun
Many Heart Disease Patients Keep Smoking, Despite Knowing Risks

Many Heart Disease Patients Keep Smoking, Despite Knowing Risks

Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products increases heart risks, but that doesn't stop some Americans with a history of heart problems, new research finds.

Many continue to smoke after having a heart attack, heart failure or stroke even though they are aware of ...

01 Jun
Americans' Lung Health: The Poor Suffer Most

Americans' Lung Health: The Poor Suffer Most

The health of your lungs may have a lot to do with the size of your bank account, a new, large study indicates.

The finding follows a six-decade look at lung disease risk among more than 215,000 American children and adults.

In general, poorer Americans contin...

27 May
Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

Did a Ban on Flavored Vapes Raise Teen Smoking Rates?

A ban on flavored vaping products in San Francisco may have increased high school students' use of conventional cigarettes, according to a new study.

In 2018, voters in the city overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products.

14 May
Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Vaping Ups Teens' Odds for Asthma, Asthma Attacks

Though some think that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, Canadian research suggests it could raise the risk of developing asthma or having asthma attacks for teens and adults.

"Emerging research really suggests that vaping may actually wors...

29 Apr
FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Poised to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes, a move that the agency has tried before and one that public health experts and civil rights groups have pushed for years.

Menthol cigarettes have been marketed aggressively to Black A...

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