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Smoking Cigarettes Changes the Teenage Brain, New Study Finds

A new study finds gray matter differences in the teenage brain that may lead to early nicotine use and long-term addiction.

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Is Marijuana Smoke Safer Than Cigarette Smoke?

A new study finds many adults wrongly believe smoking pot daily is safer than smoking cigarettes.

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Four in 10 Cancer Cases, Nearly Half of Cancer Deaths Linked to Lifestyle

Nearly half of cancer deaths and 4 of 10 cases of cancer are linked to a person's lifestyle, a new study says.

Cigarette smoking remains the biggest cancer risk, contributing to 30% of cancer deaths and 20% of cancer cases, results show.

But excess body weight, drinking, lack of exercise, diet and skipping cancer-preventing vaccinations also increase a person's risk of developing or...

Unsafe Neighborhoods Could Drive Up Smoking Rates

It may sound far-fetched, but new research suggests that living in dangerous neighborhoods could trigger an unintended health harm: higher smoking rates among residents.

"High levels of neighborhood threat shape perceptions of powerlessness among residents, amplifying a general sense of mistrust, that can promote maladaptive coping behavior like smoking,"said researcher

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  • July 4, 2024
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  • What Are Nicotine Pouches, and Are They Less Harmful Than Smoking?

    Nicotine pouches might be less harmful than smoking or chewing tobacco, but they still pose an addiction risk to users, a new review finds.

    These pouches are filled with crystallized nicotine, and are placed between the gums and lips, researchers said. They are sold in various ...

    Another Study Finds Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

    Lung cancer patients who underwent screening were more apt to be diagnosed at earlier stages and have better outcomes than patients who were not screened, new research shows.

    The findings -- from a study of close to 58,000 patients diagnosed through the U.S. Veterans Health Administration -- underscore the importance of early detection...

    Just 18% of People Who Need Lung Cancer Screening Get It

    Only a fraction of Americans are getting recommended lung cancer screenings, new research shows.

    While rates overall are up slightly, fewer than 1 in 5 people who are eligible for screening are up-to-date with it, according to the American Cancer Society-led study. 

    The society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend a yearly computed tomography (CT) scan for peop...

    Vaping After Quitting Smoking Keeps Lung Cancer Risk High

    If you've quit smoking and have switched to vaping instead, your odds for lung cancer won't fall as steeply as if you quit nicotine altogether, new research suggests.

    "This is the first large population-based study to demonstrate the increased risk of lung cancer in e-c...

    Smoking During Pregnancy Could Raise Baby's Odds for Obesity Later

    Women who smoke during pregnancy run a higher risk of their kids becoming overweight or obese, and researchers now think they know one reason why.

    Children born of moms who smoked while expecting tend to have gut bacteria that is significantly different from that of kids whose moms didn't light up, scientists reported recently in the journal

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  • May 14, 2024
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  • Tobacco Plus Weed in Pregnancy Could Be Lethal Combo for Baby

    Smoking cigarettes while pregnant has long been known to harm the fetus, but new research shows things get even worse when marijuana is in the mix.

    The study by a team at Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) in Portland involved more than 3 million p...

    Biden Administration Delays Menthol Cigarette Ban

    A long-awaited ban on menthol cigarettes has been delayed indefinitely, the Biden administration said Friday.

    "This rule has garnered historic attention, and the public comment period has yielded an immense amount of feedback, including from various elements of the civil rights and criminal justice movement,"U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary

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  • April 29, 2024
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  • Smokers, Former Smokers May Gain From Switch to Plant-Based Diet

    Current and former smokers might lower their risk for emphysema if they adopt a highly nutritional plant-based diet, a new study shows.

    People with a history of smoking who adopted a plant-based diet had a 56% lower risk of developing emphysema, compared to those who ate more meat, researchers report.

    Further, the more veggies and fruits people included in their diet, the lower thei...

    Even With Weight Gain, Quitting Smoking in Pregnancy Still Best for Health

    Women who smoke and become pregnant may worry that the weight gain that comes with quitting might bring its own harms to themselves or their baby.

    However, a new study confirms the health benefits of quitting smoking still far exceed any weight-linked concerns.

    Weight gain can occur once...

    Anti-smoking Groups Sue FDA Again Over Menthol Ban Delays

    Three anti-smoking groups announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. government yet again after it missed its latest deadline for enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes.

    This is the second lawsuit that the plaintiffs -- the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, Action on Smoking and Health...

    Weed Plus Cigarettes Takes Toll on High Schoolers' Grades

    High school students who use tobacco and cannabis products miss more school and have lower grades than classmates who use them individually or not at all.

    That's the conclusion of a study by researchers at UC Davis Health.

    "Substance use is a main predictor of educational outcomes, including absenteeism," said first study author

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 18, 2024
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  • Poll Shows Strong Support Among Black Voters for Menthols Ban

    Black voters support a ban on menthol cigarettes by a wide margin, refuting claims that such a ban would be strongly opposed by Black Americans, a new survey shows.

    Black voters support by a 37-point margin the menthol ban proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with 62% in favor and 25% against.

    That's even greater than the 29-point margin by which all voters support the...

    Smoking Harms Immune System Years After Quitting

    The harms of smoking are many, but new research delivers evidence of another troubling type of damage: Lighting up alters your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to disease and infections even years after quitting.

    "Stop smoking as soon as possible,"study co-author Dr. Violaine Saint-AndrĂ©, a specialis...

    CDC Restarts National Anti-Smoking Campaign, With Focus on Menthols

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resumed a national campaign that uses the stories of former smokers to warn Americans about the many health dangers of tobacco.

    Known as the "Tips From Former Smokers" campaign, seven new people are featured in ads sharing their stories about how cigarette smoking damaged their health.

    One tactic is new in this latest round of ...

    Study Confirms Link Between Smoking and ALS

    New research is helping confirm smoking as a risk factor for the devastating brain illness amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    ALS affects roughly 31,000 Americans each year, with about 5,000 new cases diagnosed annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's a progressive, fatal illness that causes nerves cells controlling muscles to slowly die, leading ...

    High School Kids Who Use Weed, Alcohol Face Higher Risks for Suicidal Thoughts

    High school students who smoke, drink or use weed are more likely to be emotionally troubled and have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

    Teens who turn to nicotine, alcohol or marijuana are more likely to think about suicide, feel depressed or anxious, have psychotic episodes and exhibit inattention or hyperactivity, researchers report Jan. 29 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    American Lung Association Blasts Biden for Inaction on Menthol Cigarette Ban

    The American Lung Association's annual report on smoking blasts President Joe Biden for failing to finalize rules that would end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

    Last month, the Biden administration announced it was delaying until March a ban on menthol cigarettes that has been in the works for years.

    In response, the lung association's "State of Tobacco Control"r...

    Smoking Residue on Household Surfaces Can Harm Kids

    Nearly half of homes tested in a new study contained toxic byproducts of cigarette smoke.

    Known as thirdhand smoke, these tobacco byproducts remained on furniture, floors and bric-a-brac.

    Researchers who tested homes of 84 children found nicotine on surfaces in every home, and nearly half had detectable levels of a tobacco-specific carcinogen called NNK.

    "This is critically im...

    U.S. Teen Smoking Rates Have Plummeted, With Less Than 1% Now Daily Smokers

    The number of American teens who smoke or have even tried smoking has dropped dramatically compared to a generation ago, with less than 1% now saying they light up cigarettes daily.

    Researchers tracked data on students in grades 9 through 12 from 1991 through to 2021. They report a 16-fold decline in daily cigarette use -- from 9.8% of teens saying they smoked daily in 1991 to just 0.6% b...

    Biden Administration Delays Decision on Menthol Cigarette Ban Amid Pushback

    The Biden administration has again delayed enacting a ban on menthol cigarettes following intense lobbying from the tobacco industry.

    Along with that pressure, other critics of the ban have warned that it might anger Black smokers, who use menthol cigarettes at far higher rates than whites -- just as President Biden gears up to run for re-election, administration officials told the Wa...

    Smoking Tobacco Plus Weed Greatly Raises Odds for Emphysema

    Folks who smoke weed along with cigarettes are doing serious damage to their lungs, a new study warns.

    People who do both are 12 times more likely to develop emphysema than nonsmokers, due to the damage they're doing to the lung's air sacs, researchers report.

    "There is a common public misconception that marijuana smoking is not harmful,"said researcher

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  • November 28, 2023
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  • Prediabetes Plus Smoking a Deadly Combo for Young Adults

    Young people who smoke and have prediabetes have triple the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study shows.

    Overall, hospitalized tobacco users with prediabetes had a 3.3 times higher risk that they were in the hospital due to a stroke, after researchers accounted for other risk factors.

    The findings "warrant early screening and prevention strategies for prediabetes in young tobacco ...

    Smoking Undermines Human DNA That Would Normally Prevent Cancer

    Everyone knows smoking to be a major cause of cancer.

    Now, exactly how tobacco smoke triggers tumor development just got a bit clearer, thanks to new Canadian research.

    According to a team at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in Toronto, smoking appears to prevent the formation of proteins that work to keep runaway cell development in check.

    According t...

    When California Banned Flavored Vapes, Many Just Shopped Online

    California banned menthol cigarettes and flavored vaping products in late 2022, based on concerns the flavors encouraged teens to get hooked on nicotine.

    But a new study finds many smokers simply shrugged and turned to online shopping for their flavored vapes.

    Online shopping for flavored cigarettes and vapes increased significantly in the weeks following the implementation of the b...

    Experts Widen Criteria for Those Who Should Get Lung Cancer Screening

    The American Cancer Society has expanded its recommendations for who should get lung cancer screening.

    The updated guidance now says annual screening should start at a younger age and among those who smoke less, and it should continue regardless of how many years ago a former smoker may have quit.

    "If you are a person who formerly smoked, once 15 years had elapsed since your cessati...

    Restricting Access to Vapes Might Drive People to Cigarettes

    While U.S. policymakers have restricted flavored vapes to make e-cigarettes less appealing to young people, that plan may be backfiring.

    A new study found that for every 0.7 milliliters of "e-liquid"for e-cigarettes that isn't sold because of flavor restrictions, an additional 15 traditional cigarettes were sold.

    FDA Moves Closer to Banning Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

    A proposed rule from federal regulators that would ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first announced the

    As Menthol Ban Nears, Big Tobacco Is Adding Synthetic Version to Cigarettes Instead

    Cigarette makers are using synthetic menthol substitutes in what appears to be an effort to skirt a looming federal menthol ban, researchers say.

    The menthol flavor appeals to younger and newer smokers, according to investigators at Duke Health in Durham, N.C., and Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

    These new "non-menthol"cigarettes are being introduced in states that have already ...

    Coffee Won't Raise Preemie Birth Risk, But Smoking Certainly Will: Study

    Smoking during pregnancy is a significant risk factor for premature births, but drinking coffee is not, new research suggests.

    Women who smoked during pregnancy were 2.6 times more likely to give birth prematurely compared to nonsmokers, a risk that was double that of previous estimates, the University of Cambridge scientists found.

    "We've known for a long time that smoking during p...

    FDA Must Crack Down on Retailers Selling Tobacco to Teens: Report

    A new government report finds that federal regulators need to do more to help in the battle to keep kids and teens off tobacco.

    Among the report's findings were that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration needs to get tough on retailers selling tobacco to youth and should improve its oversight of online retailers.

    The FDA should also work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm...

    Millions Are Exposed to Secondhand Smoke and Don't Know It

    A lot of people who think they don't have secondhand smoke exposure actually do, according to a new study that compared survey answers with blood tests.

    According to the results of sensitive blood tests, more than half of American adults in the study had recently been exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke. Most were not aware of it.

    "There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure...

    Depression Risk Rises in Folks Who Use Both Marijuana & Tobacco

    Using both tobacco and marijuana is tied to significantly higher odds for depression and anxiety, a new study suggests.

    Among nearly 54,000 U.S. adults, those who used both substances experienced anxiety or depression at nearly twice the rate of nonusers, researchers found.

    "Smoking weed and tobacco does not help to deal with anxiety and depression, and may exacerbate mental h...

    Boys Who Smoke Could Be Harming Their Future Children's Health

    Smoking may not only harm the smoker and those who breathe in the secondhand fumes, but also their future children.

    New research suggests that boys who smoke in their early teens risk passing on harmful genetic traits to future children. The study probed the genetic profi...

    Tobacco Company Coupons Raise Odds Ex-Smokers Will Light Up Again

    Coupons for tobacco products appear to have a big impact on relapse rates for smokers who have recently kicked the habit, researchers report.

    A study of more than 5,000 former smokers who participated in a national survey found double the relapse rate for those who received cigarette coupons by direct mail or email.

    "We hypothesized that people who received coupons would be more lik...

    Does Smoking Change the Teenage Brain?

    Teens' desire to start smoking, and later to keep smoking, may be linked to differences in gray matter in their brains, a new study reveals.

    Researchers found that reduced gray matter in the left frontal lobe was found in kids who started smoking by age 14. This area is involved in decision-making and rule-breaking.

    Once they started smoking, they also had reduced gray matter in th...

    More Americans Than Ever Believe Marijuana Smoke Is Safer Than Cigarette Smoke. They're Wrong

    As cannabis use has become legal in many U.S. states for medical or recreational use, Americans' views on the drug may have gotten rosier.

    In fact, a new report finds that over 44% of adults now believe smoking weed each day is safer than inhaling tobacco smoke.

    That perception is counter to the science, however, and could have a serious impact on public health.

    "The research...

    Millions of Smokers May Have a Tough-to-Diagnose Lung Disease

    Millions of American smokers suffer from a potentially serious lung disease that's not technically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

    They would benefit from a clear diagnosis, though, and the new findings demonstrate a major gap in care for people with a history of tobacco use, the researchers said.

    Among folks who smoked at least one pack of cigaret...

    Canada to Become 1st Country to Mandate Warning Labels on Individual Cigarettes

    Smokers in Canada will soon see health warnings on each and every cigarette they light up..

    The country will be the first in the world to print these warnings directly on individual cigarettes.

    "This bold step will make health warning messages virtually unavoidable, and together with updated graphic images displayed on the package, will provide a real and startling reminder of the h...

    U.S. Smoking Rate Hits All-Time Low

    Fewer U.S. adults are smoking cigarettes, as rates dropped again last year, according to federal health officials.

    In all, 1 in 9 American adults smoked cigarettes last year, an all-time low, and a significant change from the 1960s when 42% smoked.

    The results weren't all positive, the Associated Press reported, as vaping rose to about 1 in 17 adults. For 2022, use of elect...

    Vaping Might Make Smoking Habit More Likely in Teens

    Young teens who vape and smoke cigarettes may be setting themselves up to be heavy smokers by the time they are older teens, a new study suggests.

    The researchers chalked it up to what they called the "entrenchment hypothesis."

    "There has been a lot of attention on restricting e-cigarettes, so that they do not serve as a pathway into tobacco initiation," said senior study author

    Juul Reaches $462 Million Settlement With Six States, D.C.

    Juul Labs on Wednesday reached a $462 million settlement with several states over the aggressive marketing of its electronic cigarettes to minors.

    This latest settlement includes New York, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Mexico.


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  • April 13, 2023
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  • Menthol Vapes Could Be Even More Toxic to Lungs

    Adding menthol flavoring to electronic cigarettes may damage your lungs more than regular e-cigarettes do, a new study reveals.

    The common mint flavoring helps deliver lots more toxic microparticles, compared with e-cigarette pods that don't contain menthol. It's those microparticles that damage lung function, researchers say.

    "Beware of additives in the e-cigarettes," said senior r...

    Secret Weapon for Quit-Smoking Campaigns: Pets

    Put out that cigarette for the health of your four-legged friend.

    When smokers search social media for anti-tobacco information, they tend to engage most with posts about the risk of secondhand smoke on their pets, a new study reveals.

    Posts with new information about harmful chemicals also receive high engagement, researchers found.

    "Our results show that people respond to me...

    Black Patients Fare Worse With Deadly Lung Disease Pulmonary Fibrosis

    Black patients are dying of pulmonary fibrosis, a devastating disease marked by progressive scarring of the lungs, at significantly younger ages than white patients.

    A new study probes factors contributing to earlier onset of disease, hospitalization and death in Bl...

    Smoking Plus Mental Illness Can Send Caffeine Intake Soaring

    One group of Americans drinks more caffeinated beverages than all others.

    That's people who smoke cigarettes and also have serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to new research.

    While Americans overall are drinking more caffeinated beverages than ever, this group consumes the highest amount and also has the highest risk of negative health ...

    Smoking or Vaping? The DNA Damage May Be the Same

    A new study builds upon earlier evidence that vaping isn't any healthier than smoking.

    In analyzing epithelial cells taken from the mouths of vapers, smokers and people who had never vaped or smoked, researchers found that vapers and smokers had more than twice the amount of DNA damage as found in non-users.

    Those who vaped or smoked more frequently had higher DNA damage.


    Vaping Could Raise Teens' Odds for Severe COVID

    Healthy young people who vape or smoke may be putting themselves at greater risk for developing severe COVID, new research finds.

    Both smoking tobacco and vaping electronic cigarettes may predispose people to increased inflammation, future development of severe COVID-19 and lingering cardiovascular complications, said lead study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 10, 2023
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  • Is Vaping Any Healthier Than Smoking?

    There's been plenty of scientific debate about whether vaping is safer than tobacco, and whether it may help some people stop smoking.

    According to a recent Cochrane Review analysis of 78 studies, electronic cigarettes show more success in helping people quit smoking than traditional...

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