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E-cigarettes are being accessed by teenagers who are both smokers and non-smokers
One in five teenagers in a large survey has accessed e-cigarettes, and of these, 16 percent have never otherwise smoked, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The highest numbers though were regular smokers -- of whom over two thirds had accessed them. (2015-03-30)

Study finds smokers wrongly believe Natural American Spirit cigarettes are healthier
Smokers wrongly believe Natural American Spirit cigarettes to be healthier than other brands due to NAS's advertising claims, according to new research from the Penn Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (TCORS) at the Annenberg School for Communication. This belief was found among both former and current smokers and was not linked to brand preference. (2017-10-24)

Teens using e-cigarettes may be more likely to start smoking tobacco
Students who have used electronic cigarettes by the time they start ninth grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. (2015-08-18)

Protein could offer target to reduce lung damage from smoking-caused emphysema
An international research team has identified a lung protein that appears to play a key role in smoking-related emphysema and have crafted an antibody to block its activity, Indiana University scientists reported. (2011-05-16)

Health concerns swirl around electronic cigarettes
With sales of electronic cigarettes, or 'e-cigarettes,' on the rise and expected to hit $1.5 billion this year, concerns over potential health risks of using the trendy devices are also gaining momentum and political clout. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society, delves into what scientists and regulators are doing about e-cigarettes, which are now being cleverly marketed under more appealing names such as hookah pens and vape pipes. (2014-03-26)

BAT's year-long study to assess potential health effects of using Tobacco Heating Products
A year-long study to assess the health effects of switching from smoking cigarettes to using Tobacco Heating Products has been launched by British American Tobacco (BAT). (2019-05-02)

Mobile technology helps explore nicotine addiction
Some people quit smoking on the first try while others have to quit repeatedly. Using such mobile technology as hand-held computers and smartphones, a team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh is trying to find out why. (2012-04-04)

E-cigarettes may help more than 50,000 smokers to stop smoking in England each year
A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction found a positive link between the number of people in England giving up smoking when using e-cigarettes to try and quit. (2019-10-17)

'Strong for surgery' shows promise in reducing smoking rates for patients facing surgery
New ACS quality improvement program is linked to a two-thirds decrease in the rate of smoking in patients undergoing cervical and lumbar spine procedures. (2017-07-24)

Adult influences may predispose teens to smoke
Social influences play a large role in getting teens to start smoking cigarettes, underscoring the need to supplement laws that regulate tobacco purchase with strategies to reduce teens' access through people they know, like parents and other adults, according to a new survey of nearly 500 teens. (2002-12-28)

Effects of smoking linked to accelerated aging protein
A University of Iowa study is apparently the first to make a connection between a rare, hereditary premature aging disease and cell damage that comes from smoking. The study results point to possible therapeutic targets for smoking-related diseases. The investigation found that a key protein that is lost in Werner's syndrome is decreased in smokers with emphysema, and this decrease harms lung cells that normally heal wounds. (2009-02-06)

Tobacco aside, e-cigarette flavorings may harm blood vessels
Flavoring chemicals widely used in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products may be toxic to the cells that line and regulate blood vessel function. The adverse effects observed with chemical flavor additives on endothelial cells could be early warning signs of future heart disease, researchers say. (2018-06-14)

Portland State study links cancerous toxins to cannabis extract
Researchers at Portland State University found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract. (2017-09-26)

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year as people ditch the cigs
Around 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes are being smoked every year according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK, published today in JAMA Network Open. (2019-08-28)

Cigars Double Risk Of Cardiomyopathy
With U.S. cigar sales up 44 percent since 1993, a major new health study on the effects of cigar smoking offers both good news and bad news for the growing number of American men and women now puffing (1998-03-19)

Cigarette smoking's impact lingers after quitting
Cigarette smoking appears to impair pancreatic duct cell function--even for those who quit--putting all smokers at risk of compromised digestive function regardless of age, gender and alcohol intake, according to the results of a study unveiled today. (2011-10-31)

Why only some former smokers develop lung cancer
Canadian researchers are trying to answer why some smokers develop lung cancer while others remain disease free, despite similar lifestyle changes. (2008-11-17)

Smoking worsens knee osteoarthritis
New findings from a study led by a Mayo Clinic rheumatologist indicate that men with knee osteoarthritis who smoke experience greater cartilage loss and more severe pain than men who do not smoke. (2006-12-07)

Formaldehyde exposure from 3 e-cigarette formats tested well below WHO quality guidelines
A new study shows that the daily exposure to formaldehyde from three different types of e-cigarettes is well below the levels considered safe by the World Health Organisation -- at less than a sixth of the indoor air quality standard. For all products tested, formaldehyde levels were also well below a number of other formaldehyde safety benchmarks such as the threshold for throat and respiratory tract irritation, the European REACh Derived No Effect Level and occupational exposure guidelines. (2016-03-03)

Free-radical damage occurs in children from families with early heart disease
Children as young as age six whose parents have premature heart disease are more susceptible to free-radical damage that may impair their defense system and put them at risk of the same fate. (2001-11-12)

Study: Cigarette packaging still misleading consumers over health hazards
New research suggests that current regulations have failed to remove misleading information from cigarette packaging, revealing that a substantial majority of consumers believe cigarettes are less hazardous when the packs display words such as (2009-07-27)

Addiction as a disorder of decision-making
New research shows that craving drugs such as nicotine can be visualized in specific regions of the brain that are implicated in determining the value of actions, in planning actions and in motivation. Dr. Alain Dagher, from McGill University, suggests abnormal interactions between these decision-making brain regions could underlie addiction. These results were presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience -- Association Canadienne des Neurosciences. (2013-05-22)

'Epigenetic' changes from cigarette smoke may be first step in lung cancer development
Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have preliminary evidence in laboratory-grown, human airway cells that a condensed form of cigarette smoke triggers so-called 'epigenetic' changes in the cells consistent with the earliest steps toward lung cancer development. (2017-09-11)

Cigarette smoke, alcohol damage hearts worse as combo
A new study shows that taking in smoky air and drinking alcohol basically nullify any potential heart benefit from drinking alcohol by itself. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that mice exposed to smoky air and fed a liquid diet containing ethanol, the intoxicating ingredient in alcohol, had a 4.7-fold increase in artery lesions, a key sign of advancing heart disease. The study appears in Free Radical Biology & Medicine. (2007-11-21)

Underage youth get cigarettes and alcohol from friends and family, survey shows
A survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health shows that a majority of those underage students in Ontario, Canada who smoke or drink are getting cigarettes and alcohol from a friend or family member. (2013-09-24)

The future of nicotine addiction treatment -- a nicotine vaccine?
Nicotine addiction is a chronic illness, and reducing the massive burden of death and disease associated with it will require matching individual treatments to patients, along with the necessary public health messages, concludes a seminar in this week's edition of The Lancet. Future treatments in development include an anti-nicotine vaccine. (2008-06-12)

Carcinogens from parents' tobacco smoke found in their babies' urine
When mom or dad puffs on a cigarette, their infants may inhale the resulting second-hand smoke. Now, scientists have detected cancer-causing chemicals associated with tobacco smoke in the urine of nearly half the babies of smoking parents. (2006-05-12)

Task Force recommends that physicians counsel youth against tobacco use
Below is information about an article and opinion piece being published in the August 27 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The information is not intended to substitute for the full article as a source of information. Annals of Internal Medicine attribution is required for all coverage. Please note special embargo time for this issue. (2013-08-26)

State policies decrease youth smoking, drinking and sex
A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that state policies, such as taxing the sale of cigarettes and alcohol, decrease teenage smoking and drinking. The researchers also found a correlation between an increased availability of family planning clinics and a decrease in teen sexual intercourse. (2005-02-01)

Wildfires in Siberia
The snow is mostly gone in Siberia which means that the time is ripe for wildfires. This region is mostly dry when the snows are gone and lightning or a carelessly thrown cigarette can easily start a wildfire. (2013-05-29)

SDSU researchers find new way to measure nicotine exposure in children
A team of researchers from SDSU has found silicone wristbands to be an effective way to measure children's exposure to secondhand smoke. (2019-02-14)

Boston University School of Medicine receives a grant to study chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Boston University School of Medicine is one of seven centers to receive a four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to use cutting edge genomic technologies to better understand lung disease. The $2.9 million awarded to BUSM will fund a study to probe the causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a disease associated with smoking that is characterized by airflow limitation. (2008-12-08)

How vaping helps even hardened smokers quit
Vaping helps people stop smoking -- even when they don't want to, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A study published today shows that smokers who switch to vaping may be better able to stay smoke-free in the long term. And that even people who didn't want to stop smoking, have eventually quit because they found vaping more enjoyable. (2018-06-19)

New neuroimaging study identifies 'brain signature' for cigarette cravings
A new brain imaging study by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania shows that cigarette cravings in smokers who are deprived of nicotine are linked with increased activation in specific regions of the brain. Using a novel method of measuring brain blood flow developed at Penn, this study is the first to show how abstinence from nicotine produces brain activation patterns that relate to urges to smoke. (2007-12-18)

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke
Secondhand marijuana smoke may have similar cardiovascular effects as tobacco smoke. Lab rats exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke had a 70 percent drop in blood vessel function. (2014-11-16)

Rutgers researchers highlight need for more smoking cessation programs in state prisons
Inmates want to quit smoking but don't have access to smoking cessation programs in state prisons, increasing the risk - especially among black male inmates -- of cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking-related diseases, according to Rutgers researchers. (2019-01-28)

Lead and cadmium levels not as safe as previously thought
A link has been found between levels of lead and cadmium in the blood and peripheral artierial disease by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2004-06-10)

Tobacco still a major problem among U.S. teens and around the globe, according to American Heart Association statistical update
The president of the American Heart Association today called attention to two alarming trends in tobacco use: Smoking is on the increase among U.S. teens and smoking-related deaths around the globe are expected to triple in the coming century. (1999-12-29)

Teens and parents agree: Electronic cigarettes need restrictions
More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with health warnings and be taxed like conventional cigarettes. (2015-11-16)

Smoking associated with increased risk for colorectal cancer and death
An analysis of previous studies indicates that smoking is significantly associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer and death, according to an article in the Dec. 17 issue of JAMA. (2008-12-16)

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