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12 Apr

Menthol Vapes May Be More Toxic to Lungs, Study Finds

Menthol flavoring added to e-cigarettes produces more toxic microparticles, leading to poorer lung function, researchers warn. Menthol vapes are highly popular, especially with young smokers.

13 Dec

Both Smoking and Vaping Can Hurt Your Teeth and Gums, New Study Finds

E-cigarettes join traditional cigarettes and cigars as a danger to oral health, researchers say.

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THURSDAY, June 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) – 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 messag...

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...

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 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.

Juul

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • April 13, 2023
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  • 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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.

    Ep...

    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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  • There's good news for American mothers-to-be and their newborns: Rates of smoking during pregnancy have fallen by 36% since 2016, a new report finds.

    The percentage of pregnant women who smoked was already low in 2016 compared to decades past: 7.2%. But by 2021, that rate had fallen to just 4.6%. That's according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), pa...

    Infants exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy are more than five times more likely to die unexpectedly compared to babies of nonsmokers, a new study says.

    "The message is simple. Smoking greatly elevates the risk of sudden unexpected infant death," said lead study author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 30, 2023
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  • Treatments for gum disease may have little benefit for heavy smokers, new research shows.

    The study findings suggest the need to rethink treatment of the common gum disease periodontitis, according to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark.

    “To our surprise, we could see that the diseas...

    Herbal cigarettes: They carry a certain "coolness factor" and sound like they might be a healthier alternative to tobacco, but are they really safer to smoke?

    Not really, experts say.

    “Even herbal cigarettes with no tobacco give off tar, particulates and carbon monoxide, and are dangerous to your health,” according to the

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • January 5, 2023
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  • If you need another reason to quit smoking, researchers have one: your mid-life brain health.

    Not only does smoking harm lung and heart health, but it increases the chances of middle-aged memory loss and confusion, a new study shows.

    The likelihood of mental ("cognitive") decline is lower for those who quit — even if they did so only recently, according to researchers at Ohio Sta...

    So much for vaping as a smoking-cessation tool: New research finds most folks who use both traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes are likely to continue smoking rather than quit, a new study finds.

    How much is most? Only 10% quit vaping and smoking.

    "As used by the general population, e-cigarettes have not contributed to substantial smoking cessation," said lead researcher

    For those who care about their teeth, a new study sounds a pretty clear alarm: using tobacco in any form — including the increasingly popular practice of vaping — is a recipe for a dental nightmare.

    The warning comes from the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), after scientists analyzed several years of tracking data that looked at associations between...

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned fruit-flavored vaping products in early 2020, the idea was to reverse the rapid rise in electronic cigarette use among youths.

    Now, a new survey of adult e-cigarette users finds that instead of quitting e-cigarettes, most vapers switched to flavored products not covered by the ban, or even went back to smoking traditional ciga...

    While marijuana legalization in some U.S. states and Canada may send a message that weed is harmless, that's not necessarily so, according to a new study that found lung damage was more common in marijuana smokers than tobacco users.

    Research into marijuana's impact on the lungs is just getting started, because weed wasn't legal in many places until recently, but early indications are tha...

    Only one day after California voters approved allowing a state law banning flavored tobacco products to take effect, a tobacco giant has sued to prevent it.

    R.J. Reynolds on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Propositio...

    Despite continued efforts by health advocates and U.S. public health officials, a huge number of middle and high school students are still using addictive tobacco products, most often vaping products.

    A new study released by two federal agencies on Thursday estimated a total of 3.08 million ...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed limiting the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive levels, but there's been concern that the drop in nicotine could exacerbate anxieties in smokers who might already battle mood issues.

    However, a...

    Pregnancy can be a big motivator for women to stop smoking. Now a new study suggests that at least some pregnant smokers start cutting back even before they know they've conceived.

    The findings, researchers say, suggest there may be biological mechanisms during pregnancy that can bl...

    A proposed ban on menthol cigarettes could have a significant impact on smoking rates, especially among minorities, new U.S. research suggests.

    Adult smokers who are younger, have mental health problems and are from racial/ethnic minority groups are more likely to use menthol cigarettes than other groups, according to a study from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Th...

    Though it is illegal nationwide to sell tobacco products to anyone under age 21, many New Jersey stores still do, an undercover study revealed.

    More than 40% of store visits by 18- to 20-year-olds in New Jersey resulted in purchase of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products,

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  • October 6, 2022
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  • Smoking isn't only costly in terms of health risks, it also cost the U.S. economy $891 billion in 2020.

    That was almost 10 times the cigarette industry's $92 billion revenue, according to the authors of a new American Cancer Society study.

    "Economic losses from cigarette smoking far outweigh any economic benefit from the tobacco industry -- wages, and salaries of those employed by t...

    Smoking around your child is unhealthy, but it could also harm your future grandchildren, a new study finds.

    Children are more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, according to researchers from...

    Parents who smoke should know that their kids are more likely to vape and try smoking.

    Those teens were 55% more likely to try e-cigarettes than those of nonsmoking parents and 51% more likely to have tried traditional cigar...

    Smoking is even worse for your heart than you might already think, new Danish research warns.

    "It is well known that smoking causes blocked arteries, leading to coronary heart disease and stroke," said researcher Dr. Eva Holt, of Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Copenh...

    Smokers in the throes of nicotine withdrawal when they wake up in the morning may crave not just a cigarette but a cup of coffee along with it.

    Science can explain that.

    Researchers have identified two compounds in coffee that directly affect certain nicotine receptors in...

    Could cannabis end up being a gateway drug for cigarettes?

    Possibly, said researchers from Columbia University, who found that adults who use pot daily do not perceive smoking a pack a day as being as harmful as those who do not use pot do.

    "In the context of rec...

    Smoking and older age are the two most important risk factors for cancer, a new, large study shows.

    The researchers also said doctors should look at excess body fat, family history and several other factors to help patients decide if they need additional

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 8, 2022
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  • Fewer people tried to quit smoking as the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this continued for at least a year, according to a new U.S. study.

    The American Cancer Society detailed pandemic smoking behavior in the report, while stressing the need to re-engage smokers in

  • By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • August 8, 2022
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  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but doctors have had access to a screening tool for nearly a decade that can catch it for early treatment.

    Unfortunately, neither of those facts has sunk in for many Americans, according to a new survey from the American Lung Association (ALA).

    Only 29% of Americans know that

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  • August 1, 2022
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  • Many smokers eager to quit embrace electronic cigarettes as a tool for kicking the habit, but a new study warns the move may raise the risk for becoming addicted to both cigarettes and vaping.

    The finding follows a look at the experience of nearly 112,000 smokers who sought outpatie...

    The potent influence of social media may include tobacco use.

    By analyzing 29 previously published studies, researchers found that people who viewed social media that contained tobacco content were more than twice as likely to report using tobacco and were more likely to use it in the future, compared to those who never v...

    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 Twitter that "the agency has determined that there are scienti...

    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 of planned federal regulatory actions released twice a year, an individual with knowledge of the rule who spoke on the co...

    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 osteoporosis,

  • By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 10, 2022
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  • 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 ...

    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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  • April 28, 2022
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  • 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...

    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,...

    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 review shows that there is no causal effect between maternal prenatal smoking and offspring ADHD diagnosis," said lead...

    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 81. The smokers had used tobacco up to 116 pack years. One pack year equals 1 pack of cigarettes smoked every day for a...

    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 prior heart attack or procedure to open blocked arteries," said study author Dr. Tinka van Trier, of Amsterdam University Me...

    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 1...

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

    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

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 3, 2022
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