Prevailing wisdom for years has been that only secondhand smoke from cigarettes is harmful to people, but new research may be upending that. Secondhand marijuana smoke may be just as harmful as cigarette smoke.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 19, 2018
Working with cleaning products can have the same damaging effects to the lungs as smoking a pack of cigarette per day. What are some safer options for people who clean their homes?
Public Health February 19, 2018
Experiments conducted on mice and cultured human cells show that nicotine in e-cigarette vapors may cause changes in the DNA that may elevate cancer risk. Does this mean e-cigarettes can cause cancer in humans?
Public Health January 30, 2018
Light smokers and those who smoke occasionally still carry substantial risk of suffering from heart disease and stroke. Experts recommend to stop smoking. Does this mean that smoking down is useless?
Public Health January 25, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration is preparing an anti-smoking proposal that will look to end cigarette use. However, the plan may also have an ironic effect of saving the world's biggest tobacco companies, through the sale of cigarette alternatives.
Public Health January 22, 2018
Parents in the village of Vale de Salgueiro in Portugal give cigarettes to children as young as 5 years old during the annual Epiphany celebrations. Why do they do this?
Feature | Health January 7, 2018
Tobacco companies have been ordered to stop the lies and inform the public of the dangers of smoking. They now have to run TV and newspaper ads that clearly outline the harmful effects of cigarettes, including secondhand smoke.
Public Health November 27, 2017
Older smokers are 20 percent more likely to quit smoking with just a $1 increase in cigarette prices. Can price hikes also encourage younger smokers to quit the unhealthy habit?
Public Health August 21, 2017
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb announced Friday new measures to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and vaping products. The federal agency made the proposal for the first time to curb cigarette addiction.
Public Health July 31, 2017
If you thought filtered cigarettes were safer, think again. ‘Light’ cigarettes are even more fatal, says a new study, precisely because of the ventilation holes in their filters. Moreover, cigarette filters are linked to higher risk of adenocarcinoma.
Public Health May 24, 2017
Warning labels are there to deter smoking. However, researchers have found that testimonial warning labels are better than text-based ones in motivating smokers to quit.
Public Health December 12, 2016
Occasional smoking, or smoking only between one and 10 cigarettes per day is still linked with early death. People who smoke lightly also have higher risk of dying from lung cancer, heart disease or respiratory diseases compared with those who never smoked.
Public Health December 5, 2016
Many of the smoking-related damages to the DNA fade within five years after a smoker quits. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that changes on at least 19 genes can last for decades.
Public Health September 21, 2016
Completely switching to electronic cigarettes can reduce exposure to toxins and cancer-causing carcinogens. Smokers though would still get the same amount of nicotine as when they use regular cigarettes.
Public Health August 20, 2016
Smokers who want to reduce their alcohol intake should consider quitting smoking first. Those who attempted to quit smoking cigarettes are likely to reduce their alcohol consumption.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 23, 2016
Female smokers are at increased risk of suffering from a type of serious stroke caused by subarachnoid hemorrhage. What contributes to increased SAH risk in women?
Public Health July 22, 2016
The popularity of e-cigarettes among teens may reverse progress in tobacco control. Researchers found that teens who would have never tried smoking cigarettes are now vaping.
Public Health July 11, 2016
Cigarette smoking remains to be a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. but a new survey revealed many Americans are clueless about the chemicals present in cigarette smoke and tobacco products. Many of these are toxic and carcinogenic.
Public Health June 27, 2016
The majority of smokers in India ignore visual warnings on cigarette packs, a new survey has found. Despite the government's recent rule to increase the visual warnings from 20 to 85 percent, most smokers remain unaffected.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 29, 2016
It's a huge win for all anti-smoking groups worldwide. A new law in the United Kingdom will have all cigarettes sold in plain, standardized packaging to discourage the purchase of tobacco products and reduce the country's smoking rates.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 22, 2016
Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health, but it can get worse. Fake cigarettes sold in the black market contain 500 percent higher levels of carcinogens such as nicotine, tar, arsenic and lead.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 16, 2016
Massachusetts Senate approved a bill raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill garnered a 32-2 vote, putting it a step closer to implementation.
Public Health April 29, 2016
An influential medical group in Britain released a report Thursday that supported e-cigarette use for smoking cessation, saying that the benefits far outweigh the harm. Experts both slammed and lauded the group's report.
Public Health April 28, 2016
Contrary to what health officials in the United States are saying, officials of Public Health England believe that the use of e-cigarettes is 95 percent less harmful to the body compared with regular cigarettes.
Life April 14, 2016
Exposure to cigarette smoke and a type of flu virus could reduce the effectiveness of a commonly used drug called salbutamol. This drug aims to increase airflow into patients' lungs by dilating the airways for easier breathing.
Life April 11, 2016
Effective April 1, cigarette packs' surfaces should be covered with 85 percent pictorial health warnings, as per the new rule instated by the Government of India.
Life April 3, 2016
California has passed a bill that restricts the purchasing and smoking age to 21 years old. The blanket ban stirred opposing reactions from different experts. Will the restriction be enough to reduce tobacco use among teens?
Life March 14, 2016
Some believe that hookah smoking is a less harmful alternative to cigarette smoking. Here's what a comparison of the amount of toxicants inhaled by hookah smokers and cigarette smokers reveals.
Life January 14, 2016
Hawaii institutes the first statewide measure in the U.S. raising the legal smoking age to 21. Military bases in Hawaii will also comply and say they support the move.
Life January 2, 2016
E-cigarette vapor causes cell damage similar to cancer development mechanisms. With this, experts concluded than vaping is no safer than smoking.
Life December 30, 2015
A report published by the anti-tobacco nonprofit Truth Initiative indicates that the glamorized portrayal of tobacco use in gaming might be influencing young players to pick up the habit.
Geek December 15, 2015
CDC researchers found that while cigarette smoking among teens has lessened, marijuana use has more than doubled. Experts weigh in on what could have caused both the cigarette use decline and the growing rate of weed smoking.
Life October 31, 2015
According to a new CDC report, there was lower cigarette and cigar use but increased marijuana use among American teenagers. The battle to significantly reduce teen smoking was considered far from over.
Life October 16, 2015
Smoking has been banned in majority of jails in Australia. Researchers advised intervention is needed to help former inmates from suffering a nicotine relapse.
Life October 12, 2015
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. and its parent company Reynolds American Inc. are subjected to a class-action lawsuit. The complaint stems from the use of "natural" or "additive free" to describe American Spirit cigarettes.
Life October 5, 2015
The FDA orders R.J. Reynolds to stop sales of four brands, calling them 'mislabeled and adulterated.' Retailers will be given 30 days to remove them from store shelves, the FDA says.
Life September 16, 2015
CVS decided to stop selling tobacco products last year. Data now show that the company's move placed a dent in overall sales of cigarettes particularly in states where it has big market share.
Life September 3, 2015
The Royal Society for Public Health called for extending the ban on smoking in pubs, parks and entrances to schools. It urged the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative to cigarette smoking.
Life August 13, 2015
Most Americans including former and current smokers are amenable to the idea of raising the minimum age requirement for buying tobacco products to 21.
Life July 8, 2015
Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Company announced that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved the proposed consent agreement between the two cigarette companies. The FTC, however, has required both companies to sell off four cigarette brands before they can push through with the intended purchase.
Life May 27, 2015
Unborn babies of mothers who smoke tend to touch their face more often than those of mothers who do not smoke. Researchers say this could be attributed to delayed development of the central nervous system.
Life March 25, 2015
Study reveals smokers experience a strong urge to smoke after viewing e-cigarette ads. Ex-smokers who view the advertising report feeling less confident in their ability to remain non-smokers.
Life March 14, 2015
Removing labels and branding from cigarette packaging can deter young smokers, studies suggest. It can also cut down the number of cigarettes smokers consume in a day, researchers say.
Life February 18, 2015
Cigarette smoking has long been established to be bad for the health. Now, researchers have found that there should actually be more on the list of diseases formally linked to tobacco use.
Life February 12, 2015
Attorney General Bob Ferguson of Washington State has proposed a bill that looks to increase the minimum age requirement for smokers. The new legal smoking age would be applicable to e-cigarettes and tobacco.
Life January 22, 2015