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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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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 men and women, smoking cigarettes and e-cigarettes didn't reduce the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke or any ...

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 quit," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in an FDA

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  • '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 noninvasive brain stimulation -- using low-intensi...

    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 rates among these vulnerable Americans have fallen significantly.

    "This study shows us that at a population-level...

    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 concentrations of fine particulate matter — five to...

    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 electronic cigarette use droppe...

    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 increased risk of

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  • 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, according to the World Health Organization...

    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.

    When compared to folks with COVID-19 who didn't use e-cigarettes, those who did were more likely to report chest pain, c...

    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 success, researchers found, although the team also discovered that larger warning labels on cigarette packs might change ...

    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., chief of Thoracic and Head and Neck Medical Oncology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick.

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    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 health 10 years later, a new study reports.

    "Age 55 to 65 may be a critical decade," said study co-author Dr. Daniel So...

    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 patients who stop smoking at or around the time of their diagnosis can look forward to survival times nearly a third (29%...

    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, but only between 4% and 7% can quit without support," Jennifer Folkenroth, national senior director of tobacco programs...

    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 retain the right to keep buying cigarettes if they wish, but as of 2023, anyone under 15 would be prohibited for life fro...

    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 e-cigarettes

    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 implemented in the routine health care of pregnant smokers," the French researchers said. Dr. Ivan Berlin of Hôpital Pitié-...

    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 biological effects of vaping in adult e-cigarette users, while simultaneously accounting for their past smoking exposur...

    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 fractures happen from falls while standing and even from lower heights such as sitting.

    "My research has painted anot...

    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 controlled or weren't taking their aspirin or their cholesterol-lowering medication, I think they would be very disappointed...

    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. In addition, smoking is associated with developing heart disease at a younger age and shortening a person's life by as...

    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 overall cigarette sales dipping after the law took hold.

    Researchers found that after menthol ban went into effect...

    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 to 44 had sharp increases in these risks. They were also having higher rates of health complications and poor hospital ...

    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 age to have a stroke was 48 years of age for e-cigarette users compared to 59 years of age for traditional tobacco smok...

    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.

    Researchers said the new findings underscore the power of quitting as early as possible. Among more than 400,000 Americans they f...

    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-users were.

    And the risk of relapse was actually slightly increased among former smokers who were using any type of ...

    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, exceeding their own estimates by 14%.

    It's not entirely clear whether that's because current smokers are smoking more, for...

    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 research associate in the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

    The...

    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, which includes fighting, risky sexual behavior and behaviors such as not wearing seat belts, according to lead researcher T...

    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 prevented over the past decade if smokers had been forced to confront such images every time they reached for a pack of cig...

    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 anti-vaping groups.

    Juul products will remain on the market for now, more than 10 years after e-cigarettes first be...

    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 of Burgundy, who led the research.

    The study included nearly 38,000 smokers (about 43% women) aged 18 and older in...

    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 tobacco use -- can speed up the process. This study included more than 1,600 people in the United Kingdom. Their alcohol u...

    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 of smoking in relation to [rheumatoid arthritis], one of the most common autoimmune diseases," said lead author Dr. Kazu...

    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 between free radicals (molecules that damage cells) and antioxidants that fight them, researchers said.

    "Just lik...

    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 by U.S. lawmakers in 2009, but implementation has been stalled until legal challenges to the law by the tobacco industr...

    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 noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques to counter abnormal brain activity caused by nicotine addiction.

    In...

    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 viruses among their children in the preceding year, compared to parents who did not smoke tobacco or marijuana.

    "Th...

    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 to widen coronary arteries and restore blood flow had to be performed in smokers nearly a decade sooner than in nonsmoke...

    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 the risk.

    Nearly 30% of adults with a history of these heart problems smoked when a five-year study began in 2013....

    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 continue to have worse lung health than their wealthier peers. In some cases, the gap between rich and poor is widening.

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    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.

    An analysis of 2011-2019 data on high school students younger than 18 found that before the ban was implemented, past 3...

    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 worsen preexisting health conditions such as asthma," said study author Teresa To, senior scientist in the Child Health Eval...

    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 Americans for decades: About 85% of Black smokers use menthol brands, the FDA said, and research shows menthol cigarettes...

    Raising Legal Age for Tobacco Cuts Teen Smoking, Study Confirms

    Raising the legal age for buying tobacco is effective in cutting teen smoking rates, a new study shows.

    Researchers compared teen and young adult smoking patterns before and three years after a 2016 California law that increased the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.

    The University of California, Davis team found that the "T21" law led to a greater decrease in daily smoking ...

    Adding Vaping to Smoking Brings Even Worse Respiratory Effects

    So, you're trying desperately to quit smoking, using e-cigarettes while still using traditional cigarettes. Sound like a good idea?

    Maybe not, according to a new study that shows that combining vaping with smoking raises the risk for respiratory wheeze and cough.

    "To help people quit smoking, FDA-approved medications, such as the nicotine patch or the medication varenicline [brand ...

    Even Before COVID, Many More People Died Early in U.S. Versus Europe

    Americans were living shorter lives and dying at a significantly higher rate than the citizens of wealthy European countries even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, a new study reports.

    The United States suffered more than 400,000 excess deaths in 2017 alone, pre-COVID, compared to the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and Wales, said senior researcher Samue...

    Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?

    Could banning menthol cigarettes be key to lowering smoking rates overall?

    New research suggests it's possible, after finding that a ban on menthol cigarettes in Canada was linked to a large increase in the number of smokers who quit.

    The impact of the menthol ban in Canada suggests that a similar ban in the United States would have even greater benefits since menthol cigarettes are...

    Most U.S. Adults Who Vape Want to Quit: Study

    More than 60% of American adults who vape say they want to stop, a new study reports.

    Some use electronic cigarettes to try to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, then end up vaping and smoking, the researchers found.

    "While e-cigarettes may work for some people, they're hindering quit attempts for other people," said study first author Amanda Palmer, a postdoctoral fellow at the M...

    Bored & Stressed, Smokers Smoked More  During Pandemic

    Pandemic-related stress has prompted many smokers to light up more often, new research shows, while others smoked more because they could.

    "Working at home allows me to smoke at will rather than being in a smoke-free environment for 8 hours per day," one study participant told researchers.

    Whatever the reason, any increase in smoking could put these people at greater risk of depende...

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