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Biden to Announce Nicotine-Reduction Rule for Tobacco Companies

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...

Another Smoking Hazard for Men: Brittle Bones

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,

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  • June 10, 2022
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  • Menthol Cigarettes May Hook Young Smokers Faster: Study

    As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration weighs banning the sale of menthol cigarettes, a new study strengthens the tie between mint-flavored tobacco and teen smoking.

    According to the survey, adolescents who began...

    Gruesome Warnings on Cigarette Packs Have Smokers Hiding Them, but not Quitting

    Graphic images on cigarette packs of diseased body parts and other smoking horrors may not have the desired effect on smokers themselves, a new study finds.

    Many smokers kept cigarette packs with gruesome warning images hidden, but the images didn't have a lasting effect on their smoking habits, researchers discovered after presenting thousands of specially designed cigarette packs to smo...

    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 ...

    '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,...

    Why Do Some Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer?

    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...

    For Smokers With Heart Trouble, Quitting Equals the Benefit of 3 Meds: Study

    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...

    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...

    As Cigarette Taxes Rise, Infant Deaths Decline

    Could cigarette taxes help lower newborn and infant death rates?

    Yes, claims a new study. The researchers suggest that pregnant women are less likely to smoke when tobacco taxes are raised, leading to fewer infants being exposed to secondhand smoke.

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  • Could Vaping Put You on a Path to Diabetes?

    People who vape may be setting themselves up for developing diabetes, even if they don't smoke traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests.

    Among more than 600,000 U.S. adults, researchers found that those who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to have prediabetes than people who'd never vaped or smoked. The link was seen even among e-cigarette users who said they had never smok...

    Smoking Keeps Its Grip on America's Poorer Communities

    While smoking has declined in the United States, the rate of tobacco use in poorer communities is double nationwide levels, according to a new study.

    It also linked smoking to mental health conditions and substance use disorders in these communities. The findings highlight the need for targeted smoking prevention and cessation programs in less advantaged U.S. communities, researchers said...

    Smoking Around Time of Conception May Harm Embryo

    Smoking in the weeks before and after conception has a potentially unhealthy effect on an embryo, Dutch research shows.

    "Smoking not only impacts an embryo's growth during pregnancy and birth weight, but also embryo development right from the very early stages of pregnancy," said...

    How Healthy Is Your State? New Federal Data Ranks Each

    To live healthier and longer in the United States, it helps to have money and education -- and if you live in Hawaii or California, your odds are even better, according to a new government report.

    Life expectancy varies dramatically from state to state, health officials say, because of factors like chronic disease and drug overdoses; rates of obesity, smoking and health insurance, an...

    Vaping Not a Great Aid to Quitting Smoking: Study

    E-cigarettes have been touted as an aid to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, but a new study suggests that's a myth.

    Researchers found that using e-cigarettes resulted in fewer successful attempts than other smoking cessation aids. And, they added, e-cigarette users weren't less...

    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 ...

    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 w...

    New Year's Resolution? Here's How to Make it Stick

    It's clear that these last couple of years have been tough for a lot of people.

    So now that it's the week when people make New Year's resolutions, go easy on yourself.

    If you'd like to make a resolution, start small, the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests. By small, the goal should be one you think you can keep.

    For example, if you want to eat healthier, don'...

    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

    Make Asthma, Allergy Control Your Resolution for the New Year

    If your New Year's resolution is to keep your allergy and asthma symptoms under control in 2022, it's best to do so in small steps, an expert says.

    "The best way to tackle health challenges is in small bits, and that goes for allergy and asthma control," said Dr. Mark Corbett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    "The last few years have been ...

    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-...

    For Men, Vaping May Be a Downer in the Bedroom

    Vaping can be tough on the lungs, but new research warns of another possible danger to men: It may more than double the risk for erectile dysfunction.

    After tracking erectile dysfunction (ED) risk among nearly 25,000 men aged 20 and older, investigators found that even vapers with no history of heart disease or other health issues typically associated with impotence saw their risk shoot u...

    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...

    50 Years On, Real Progress in War Against Cancer

    Since 1971, when the U.S. government made defeating cancer a goal and put major funding behind it, death rates for many cancers have plummeted, but some are increasing, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

    Death rates for all cancers combined have declined since passage of the National Cancer Act of 1971, according to the report. For example, in 2019, deaths from lung c...

    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...

    Insomnia Tied to Raised Risk of Aneurysm

    Researchers may have unearthed a surprising risk factor for often-fatal brain bleeds: Sleepless nights.

    In a study of about 70,000 adults, researchers found that people with a genetic predisposition to insomnia were at somewhat higher risk of a brain aneurysm. An aneurysm is a weak spot in an artery wall that bulges out and fills with blood. In some cases, it can rupture and cause life-th...

    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...

    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...

    Pfizer Recalls All Lots of Anti-Smoking Drug Chantix Due to Potential Carcinogen

    Pfizer is expanding the recall of its anti-smoking drug Chantix (varenicline), the company announced Friday.

    The nationwide recall of all Chantix 0.5 mg and 1 mg tablets was prompted because they may contain levels of a nitrosamine, N-nitroso-varenicline, that are at or above levels approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Long-term ingestion of N-nitroso-varenicline may b...

    Vaping Raises Blood Clotting Risks, Harms Small Arteries: Study

    Nicotine-laden e-cigarettes raise a user's risk of blood clots, damage small blood vessels and can also raise heart rate and blood pressure, a new study finds.

    The effects are similar to those caused by traditional cigarettes, and raise the concern that long-term vaping could help cause heart attacks or strokes, the Swedish research team warned.

    "Our results suggest that using e-cig...

    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...

    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...

    Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: Study

    Thinking of starting a family? Start getting your heart in shape. New research suggests that how healthy a woman's heart is before conception affects outcomes in her pregnancy.

    Study author Dr. Sadiya Khan said the findings make a case for more comprehensive heart assessments prior to pregnancy rather than focusing on isolated individual risk factors, such as high blood pressure ("hyperte...

    On Father's Day, Give Dad Tips to Keep Healthy

    Men tend to put their health care last, but Penn State Health offers some tips this Father's Day for ensuring guys stay healthy in the future.

    "Men tend to take care of their cars more frequently than they do themselves. But when men wait to see the doctor once their 'check engine' light comes on, they suffer major health problems that could've been prevented," said Dr. Eldra Daniels. He ...

    Did People Smoke More or Less During the Pandemic?

    The coronavirus pandemic has affected American smokers in different ways, a new study finds.

    While some smoked more to help them cope with the crisis, others quit to reduce their COVID-19 infection risk.

    "Even before the pandemic, tobacco smoking was the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. COVID-19 has given smokers yet another good reason to stop smoking," said...

    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....

    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 ...

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