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Non-tobacco plant identified in ancient pipe for first time
People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago. (2020-06-26)
Air pollution, smoking and built environment are associated with an increase risk of childhood obesity
173 exposures analysed in first major study to assess risk of obesity in childhood using an exposome-wide approach. (2020-06-24)
World's first genetic and environmental risks identified for common form of childhood epilepsy
A new study of childhood epilepsy has identified the world's first environmental risk factor for the disease - maternal smoking in pregnancy, and discovered a new genetic association with the condition, pointing to potential new treatments for the disease. (2020-06-24)
Smokers good at math are more likely to want to quit
For smokers who are better at math, the decision to quit just adds up, a new study suggests. (2020-06-22)
UBC study identifies social and behavioral factors most closely associated with dying
Smoking, divorce and alcohol abuse have the closest connection to death out of 57 social and behavioural factors analyzed in this study. (2020-06-22)
How EU safety legislation has affected UK vapers
New research shows that vapers have been largely reassured by recent EU regulations, but some have been pushed to the black market for stronger hits. (2020-06-18)
Tobacco industry discounting linked to higher cigarette consumption in Europe
Tobacco industry discounting is linked to higher cigarette consumption the following year, finds an analysis of the impact of pricing differentials in 23 European countries and published online in the journal Tobacco Control. (2020-06-16)
Risk of stroke may more than double for African Americans who smoke
Current cigarette smoking and the number of cigarettes smoked per day are associated with more than double the risk of stroke among African Americans. (2020-06-10)
NIH study links cigarette smoking to higher stroke risk in African Americans
African Americans who smoke are nearly 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke than those who never smoked, while former smokers show a similarly lower risk as never smokers, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2020-06-10)
Undersized airways may explain why nonsmokers get COPD
A mismatch between airway and lung size may explain why some nonsmokers get COPD and some heavy smokers do not, according to a new study from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. (2020-06-09)
Continued nicotine use promotes brain tumors in lung cancer patients, study suggests
Researchers have discovered that nicotine promotes the spread of lung cancer cells into the brain, where they can form deadly metastatic tumors. (2020-06-04)
No smoke, but still hazardous
A more sensitive technique shows cigarette alternative may be more hazardous than manufacturer testing had found. (2020-06-04)
Age, sex and smoking influence opioid receptor function in the brain
Opioids regulate the feelings of pleasure and pain in the brain. (2020-05-28)
A few months of vaping puts healthy people on the brink of oral disease
The collection of oral bacteria in daily e-cigarette users' mouths is teeming with potent infection-causing organisms that put vapers at substantial risk for ailments ranging from gum disease to cancer, researchers found. (2020-05-27)
Electronic cigarettes trigger an inflammatory response that may set the stage for gum disease
The oral microbiomes of 25 otherwise healthy participants who use e-cigarettes daily closely match those seen in patients with gum disease, a new study shows. (2020-05-27)
Up to 60% of students in some schools vaped in past month
Vaping is most heavily concentrated in US schools with a higher proportion of white students, schools in the South and West, and schools where more students smoke cigarettes, a new University of Michigan study shows. (2020-05-26)
New insights into vaping uptake among Māori and Pacific peoples
Māori and Pasifika who have not been able to quit smoking may need more support to move from smoking to vaping, researchers from the University of Otago and Māori public health collective Hāpai Te Hauora have found. (2020-05-24)
Smokers more likely to express ACE2 protein that SARS-COV-2 uses to enter human cells
Previous data from COVID-19 patients suggests that cigarette smokers are more likely to have health complications. (2020-05-18)
Smoking increases SARS-CoV-2 receptors in the lung
New research from CSHL scientists suggests that cigarette smoke spurs the lungs to make more ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2), the protein that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 grabs and uses to enter human cells. (2020-05-18)
Tobacco companies minting it before Wednesday's UK menthol cigarette ban
Three days before menthol cigarettes are banned in the UK, new research highlights a sharp rise in their market share and extensive tobacco industry efforts to undermine legislation. (2020-05-17)
The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Sociodemographic factors associated with a positive test for COVID-19 in primary care
Older age, being male, deprivation, living in a densely populated area, ethnicity, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are associated with a positive test for COVID-19, according to results from 3,802 people tested for SARS-CoV-2 (including 587 positive tests) in the UK. (2020-05-15)
COPD and smoking associated with higher COVID-19 mortality
Current smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of severe complications and higher mortality with COVID-19 infection, according to a new study published May 11, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jaber Alqahtani of University College London, UK, and colleagues. (2020-05-11)
Cost-benefit analysis of funding a smoking cessation program before surgery
For patients undergoing surgery, smoking is linked with a higher risk of experiencing complications following their procedure, and quitting smoking before surgery may help reduce this risk. (2020-05-06)
Use of emergency contraceptive pills among Scandinavian women
Use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) is common among Scandinavian women, with one-third having used them at least once, according to a study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. (2020-05-06)
UniSA research uncovers treatment combo that sees smokers six times more likely to quit
New research led by the University of South Australia has found that smokers who receive the medication varenicline tartrate combined with Quitline counselling following a period of hospitalisation due to a tobacco-related illness are six times more likely to quit smoking than those who attempt to stop without support. (2020-05-01)
Changes to gut microbiome may slow cancer growth in smokers
Changes to the gut microbiome interacted with the immune system to slow the growth of cancer in mice exposed to cigarette smoke, according to research that was selected for presentation at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2020. (2020-04-30)
Smoking during pregnancy results in an increased risk of asthma even in adulthood
A recently completed study indicates that smoking by pregnant mothers caused roughly an 1.5-fold asthma risk in their offspring at the ages between 31 and 46. (2020-04-30)
Smoking may explain why more men than women die of COVID-19 in Spain
Cardiovascular diseases aggravated by smoking are present in over 30% of coronavirus mortalities. (2020-04-29)
Tobacco smoking increases lung entry points for COVID-19 virus
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of South Carolina and other institutions have identified tobacco smoking as a potential risk factor for infection of the COVID-19 virus. (2020-04-29)
Scientists recreate DNA damage caused by toxins from smoking
Researchers from the University of York have recreated how toxins from smoking cause unique patterns of DNA damage. (2020-04-28)
Heart disease more likely for adults with dysfunctional childhoods
Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s. (2020-04-28)
Promoting advantages of product category, such as e-cigarettes, can backfire
Researchers suggest that during the past decade, efforts to promote e-cigarettes as a healthier alternative to combustible cigarettes backfired. (2020-04-22)
Childhood exposure to parental smoking linked to poorer cognitive function in midlife
A Finnish study coordinated by the Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Turku, Finland, shows that exposure to parental smoking in childhood and adolescence is associated with poorer learning ability and memory in midlife. (2020-04-15)
Women's lifestyle changes, even in middle age, may reduce future stroke risk
Middle age may not be too late for women to substantially lower their stroke risk through lifestyle modifications. (2020-04-09)
Kids or teen smokers are less likely to kick the habit as adults
The younger you start smoking, the more likely you are to smoke daily as an adult and the less likely you are to have kicked the habit by your 40s, according to an international study that includes the US. (2020-04-08)
Higher levels of coronavirus 'entry point' enzyme in lungs of COPD patients and smokers
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and people who currently smoke may have higher levels of a molecule, called angiotensin converting enzyme II (ACE-2), in their lungs according to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal today (Thursday). (2020-04-08)
COPD linked to heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked
COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is linked to a heightened risk of lung cancer in people who have never smoked, indicates research published online in the journal Thorax. (2020-04-02)
Effective options for quitting smoking during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
A new Cochrane Special Collection, COVID-19: Effective options for quitting smoking during the pandemic, published today in the Cochrane Library. (2020-04-01)
First FDA-approved drug for thyroid eye disease effective regardless of age, gender
Teprotumumab, the first FDA-approved medicine for thyroid eye disease, provides significant improvement in eye bulging, regardless of patient gender, age or smoking status, according to a study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
E-Cigarettes more effective than counseling alone for smoking cessation
Smokers who received smoking cessation counseling and used electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) containing nicotine were more than twice as likely to successfully quit smoking compared to those who received counseling but did not use e-cigarettes, in a clinical trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). (2020-03-30)
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