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FDA OKs Sale Of Philip Morris' New Tobacco Device IQOS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration green-lighted the selling of tobacco stick device IQOS from Philip Morris. Claims of reduced risk of tobacco devices do not outweigh the harmful effects of conventional and e-cigarette smoking.

Public Health May 3, 2019

Thousands Of Non-Smokers Die From Lung Cancer Per Year

As many as 6,000 non-smoking people in the United Kingdom die every year because of lung cancer, a new study said. Exposure to secondhand smoke, carcinogens, and air pollution are some of the most common causes of malignancy.

Public Health April 26, 2019

Tobacco Company Philip Morris To Launch Reviti Insurance With Discount To Smokers Who Quit

People who will decide to quit smoking and switch to vaping products will get life insurance discounts by as much as 50 percent. Philip Morris International said their Reviti insurance premium will encourage tobacco smokers to choose a healthier lifestyle.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 26, 2019

Walgreens To Stop Selling Tobacco To Anyone Under Age 21

Walgreens will enforce a new policy that will prevent anyone below 21 years old from purchasing tobacco products from their pharmacies. This will take effect starting Sept. 1.

Public Health April 24, 2019

Many Teens Do Not Know Vaping E-cigarettes Exposes Them To Nicotine

Most teens who smoke e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes do not know that vaping exposes them to nicotine, a new study revealed. Experts call for stricter regulations regarding e-cigarettes to raise awareness.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 23, 2019

Smelling Vanilla, Coffee, Or Peppermint May Reduce Cigarette Cravings

Most adult smokers say they want to quit, yet only about one in 10 cigarette smokers give up smoking for good each year. A study found that pleasant smells could actually help people give up smoking.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 16, 2019

Is Smoking Marijuana More Dangerous Than Smoking Tobacco?

Marijuana has been linked to several health benefits, including relief from chronic pain. However, government officials and public health experts remained apprehensive about the legalization of the recreational use of the drug.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 8, 2019

Vaping May Be More Dangerous Than Previously Thought

Vaping may be more harmful than what a lot of people think, according to multiple studies. Preliminary research suggests it may increase the risks of cardiovascular disorders and events, as well as encourage traditional smoking among the youth.

Public Health April 3, 2019

Drinking A Bottle Of Wine A Week Is Like Smoking 5 to 10 Cigarettes: Now What?

How many cigarettes are in a bottle of wine? Scientists said that when it comes to cancer risk, a bottle of wine per week is just as dangerous as smoking five to 10 cigarettes.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 1, 2019

Fathers-To-Be Who Smoke May Raise Baby's Risk For Congenital Heart Defects

Scientists found that paternal smoking or secondhand smoke coming from fathers-to-be can lead to congenital heart defects in babies. This new study reinforces the need for men and women to quit smoking.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2019

Start-Up Creates Smart Lighter To Help People Stop Smoking

A Lebanese start-up created a smart lighter that promises to help smokers reduce cigarette consumption and eventually quit smoking. The device called Slighter creates a personalized plan based on the user's smoking habits.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 19, 2019

Pregnant Women Who Smoke 1 Cigarette A Day Doubles Baby's Risk For SUID

A new study found that the number of cigarettes smoked by pregnant women impacts a baby's risk of dying from SUID. Adding even one cigarette per day could double the risk associated with infants' sudden, unexpected deaths.

Public Health March 12, 2019

Hong Kong’s War On E-Cigarettes Could Soon Send Vape Offenders To Jail

Hong Kong announced it is planning to penalize e-cigarette smokers for up to six months of jail time. Vaping is a controversial topic in many topics due to limited evidence supporting its health safety and efficacy in tobacco smoking cessation.

Public Health February 20, 2019

E-Cigarettes Can Help Smokers Quit When Accompanied By Behavioral Support

Researchers in UK found that smokers who vaped are nearly twice as likely to quit the habit. The trial compared the efficacy of e-cigarettes and licensed smoking cessation aids.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 30, 2019

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Warns E-Cigarettes May Be Pulled Out Of Shelves If Makers Continue To Target Teens

Amid increasing youth vaping rates, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned e-cigarette products may be pulled out of market if makers continue to market them to young people. Why is e-cigarette use dangerous for kids?

Public Health January 21, 2019

Tobacco Smoking In US Hits Record Low But Results Vary Across Neighborhoods

New research found that smoking continues to be popular in areas where people are more likely poor and nonwhite. In a paper, they recommend stricter regulations and higher taxes to dissuade the public from consuming tobacco products.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 8, 2019

Anxiety And Depression Can Be Just As Bad For General Health As Smoking And Drinking

Patients with anxiety and depression are more likely to have major illnesses such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, or stroke compared to those who do not. Mental health conditions should be considered predictors of major illnesses by health care professionals.

Public Health December 19, 2018

Smoking In US At Record Low, Says CDC Report

A report by the FDA and the CDC revealed that only 14 percent of Americans smoke or consume tobacco products. The number is down from over 40 percent in the mid-60s.

Public Health November 9, 2018

E-Cigarettes Not Safe: Vaping May Damage DNA, Lead To Cancer

Another study, carried out by the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center, revealed that e-cigarettes are not safe. Vaping increases the levels of formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal, which are compounds that damage DNA, in the person's saliva.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 21, 2018

Nationwide Smoking Ban In And Near Public Housing Takes Effect End Of July

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a smoke-free policy in and near local public housing two years ago. HUD said the policy, that will strictly take effect on July 31, was aimed at encouraging people to quit smoking.

Public Health July 13, 2018

Yet Another Research Says Vaping Doesn’t Help Smokers Quit The Habit

A new study adds to the growing evidence that vaping devices aren’t the answer if you want to quit smoking. Researchers found that over 90 percent of the test participants still smoked cigarettes after a year of vaping.

Public Health July 11, 2018

Smoking Is At An All-Time-Low, Only 14 Percent Of Adults In U.S. Still Use Cigarettes

The CDC released new figures that show the number of people who smoke cigarettes is significantly lower for the first time in years. Teenagers, in particular, are quitting smoking cigarettes but are using other vaping devices, including e-cigarettes.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 19, 2018

If You Quit Smoking, Your Lung Cancer Risk Will Drop Significantly Within 5 Years: Study

Good news: quit smoking now and your risk of developing lung cancer will drop substantially in five years. Bad news: even if you quit, your risks will still be higher than a person who has never smoked before.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 31, 2018

South African Man Who Claims To Be 114 Years Old Wants To Finally Quit Smoking

A man from South Africa who is claiming to be 114 years old wants to finally quit smoking. He claimed that he couldn't overcome his addiction to smoking because of the "devil".

Healthy Living/Wellness May 30, 2018

France Made 1 Million Smokers Quit In 2017

The government of France helped 1 million smokers quit the life-threatening habit in 2017. The significant decline in smokers was attributed to a national anti-smoking campaign that included reimbursements for people moving to tobacco substitutes and cigarette price increases.

Public Health May 29, 2018

New Study Reveals It’s Really Hard To Quit Smoking, But Financial Rewards Might Help

Vapers, heads up: a new large-scale study claims that e-cigarettes don’t really help smokers quit the habit. Free financial rewards might help, but only slightly.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 25, 2018

Are E-Cigarettes More Harmful Than Regular Cigarettes? Teens Won't Stop Vaping Despite Health Concerns

The debate between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes is still ongoing as experts have not determined if vaping is better for people. Despite this, many teens still want to continue vaping because they think it's cool.

Public Health May 23, 2018

Current And Former Smokers Refuse To Get Screened For Lung Cancer, Study Claims

The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a study revealing that only a few amount of current and past smokers received low-dose computed tomography screenings. The screenings would diagnose if someone has lung cancer.

Public Health May 17, 2018

Hay Fever: How To Protect Yourself From Having An Allergy Attack This Spring

Hay fever can easily be triggered by the amount of pollen that one is exposed to. Here are effective ways to avoid experiencing severe symptoms such as a runny nose and swelling around the eyes.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 4, 2018

Nurse Shares Video Of What Really Happens To Lungs Of Smokers

A viral video shows just what can happen to the lungs of a smoker. The charcoal-colored lungs are larger but less elastic and deflates quickly compared to the healthy lungs.

Public Health May 4, 2018

E-Cigarette Use In Classrooms Plummets, FDA Tries To Prevent Sales To Minors

After principals and teachers noticed an increase in the use of e-cigarettes in school, the FDA set out to encourage retailers to stop selling vapes to minors. Some companies have already begun to raise the purchasing age to 21.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 30, 2018

FDA Takes Action To Regulate Flavors In Cigarettes

The U.S. FDA announced it will regulate flavored tobacco products in an effort to reduce the number of young smokers. The agency is also looking to review policies on e-cigars and lowering nicotine content to a nonaddictive level.

Public Health March 20, 2018

Vaping Not As Safe As Promoted: Study Finds E-Cigarettes Can Cause Fatty Liver Disease

It's all a marketing ploy, warns researchers. Apparently, they have found vaping to be as dangerous as smoking actual cigarettes because it can lead to liver disease.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 20, 2018

FDA Plans To Lower Nicotine Content In Cigarettes To Non-Addictive Levels

In a historic move, the Food and Drug Authority announced its plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. This effort could lead to lower smoking rates and could address rising tobacco smoking-related deaths and diseases.

Public Health March 16, 2018

Smoking Can Increase The Risk Of Going Deaf By 60 Percent

Smoking has many negative health effects that range from cancer to death, now there's another that smokers have to look out for. Smoking can lead to people becoming deaf.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 14, 2018

Third-Hand Smoke Exposure May Lead To Higher Lung Cancer Risk, Especially For Babies

A study revealed that third-hand smoke, the pollutants left in dust and surfaces even after smokers have stopped, may lead to a higher lung cancer risk. Babies were identified as the most susceptible to the negative effects of third-hand smoke.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 12, 2018

Teens Using E-Cigarette Have The Same Toxic Chemicals Found In Smokers

Toxic compounds found in those who smoke traditional tobacco cigarettes were also found in teens who just used e-cigarettes. The same chemicals were also detected in teens who used flavored e-cigarettes without nicotine.

Public Health March 6, 2018

1 In 14 Women In The US Smokes While Pregnant: CDC

West Virginia has the highest rate of women who smoked while they were pregnant. Babies born to women who smoked during pregnancy are at higher risk for birth defects.

Public Health February 28, 2018

Cleaning Products As Damaging To Lungs As 20 Cigarettes Per Day: Safety Tips To Protect Your Health

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

Hot Tea May Increase Risk For Esophageal Cancer In Cigarette Smokers And Alcohol Drinkers

A study involving nearly 500,000 adults in China suggests that smokers and heavy drinkers who drink hot tea regularly may have increased risk of developing esophageal cancer. How can the hot beverage cause the potentially fatal disease?

Public Health February 6, 2018

Smoking Just 1 Cigarette A Day Can Raise Heart Disease Risk

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

Vaping E-Cigarettes Can Be Good Or Bad Depending On Your Age

A NAS report that looked into the impact of e-cigarettes on public health found that the vaping devices are either harmful or beneficial depending on the user's age. At what age is using e-cigarettes a bad idea?

Public Health January 24, 2018

FDA Looks To Kill Cigarettes With New Anti-Smoking Plan, Which May Ironically Save Big Tobacco Companies

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 Portuguese Village Encourage Young Children To Smoke At Epiphany Festival

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

Trends Reveal More Pregnant Women Are Increasingly Smoking Marijuana In California

In California, more than 300,000 pregnant women smoking weed were tested. What resulted from the study has caused alarm among physicians.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 27, 2017

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