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
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
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
A report said that the FDA might follow Canada and the European Union into banning traditional menthol cigarettes. The regulatory board might also crack down on flavored e-cigarette cartridges or pods.
Public Health November 12, 2018
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
Researchers found a causal link between flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes and health problems associated with the heart. The findings were based on a lab study conducted on nine widely used e-cigarette flavorings including strawberry, mint, vanilla, and spicy cooling.
Public Health June 15, 2018
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
The FDA now faced a lawsuit for the extended deadlines given to e-cigarette and cigar manufacturers seeking approval for their products. What are the potential impacts of delaying reviews on public health?
Public Health March 28, 2018
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
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
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
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reviewed a new handheld electronic device that was developed by Philip Morris International. The device, which heats tobacco without burning it, is claimed to contain 95 percent less harmful chemicals than cigarettes.
Public Health January 23, 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
A new research suggested that it only takes one cigarette for the majority of people to become regular smokers. The research is based on surveys that were conducted between 2000 and 2016 in eight English-speaking countries.
Public Health January 12, 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
Health experts are encouraging tobacco smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. They say it is less harmful to the lungs than conventional tobacco cigarettes.
Healthy Living/Wellness November 14, 2017
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill that bans the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco products is prohibited. The new law will take effect in 30 days.
Public Health October 25, 2017
A new report revealed that smoking remains one of the leading killers in the world. Here are the other causes of deaths worldwide in 2016, according to the Global Burden of Disease study.
Public Health September 16, 2017
The depiction of tobacco in Hollywood movies increased by about 80 percent. Health experts are concerned about the potential effects on young people given the causal link between smoking in movies and teens starting to smoke.
Public Health July 10, 2017
WHO has linked tobacco use to damages to the environment, citing that smoke emissions do not just spread toxicants into the air. How does the industry contribute to deforestation, use of fossil fuels, and dumping of wastes?
Public Health May 30, 2017
A new study has drawn attention to the plight of Americans who are haunted by top 5 conditions cutting their lives. Topping the list is obesity with 47 percent more life stealing capacity than tobacco in mortality rates.
Public Health April 26, 2017
Researchers have developed a predictive model, which shows that e-cigarettes will help people control and cut down tobacco cigarette addiction. The study has been conducted by researchers at British American Tobacco.
Public Health March 20, 2017
Cancer death rates in the EU are falling faster for men compared to women per a new study. The researchers predict that death rates for men will decline by 8 percent in 2017 vis-à-vis 4 percent for women.
Public Health February 22, 2017
Electronic cigarettes give tobacco smokers who want to quit a better option. Latest Cancer Research UK-funded study found that e-cigarette smokers had less presence of toxins and carcinogens in their body compared to smokers of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Public Health February 9, 2017
Latest findings from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study suggest that more than one in four adults and almost one in every four teenagers use tobacco.
Public Health January 28, 2017
Pregnant women who were exposed to secondhand smoke as a child have increased risk of losing their pregnancy. What are other factors that can raise miscarriage risk?
Public Health January 12, 2017
Smoking, one of the leading causes of preventable death, could be reduced through more effective tobacco policies, according to a new UN report. A higher regulation from the governments and more investment in awareness could save millions of lives every year.
Public Health January 11, 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
India declared it is committed to global tobacco-control treaty. The upcoming annual conference will be attended by roughly 180 state representatives.
Public Health November 1, 2016
Using flavored and high voltage e-cigarettes elevate the toxicity of the products. Of many different flavors like methanol and coffee, strawberry is said to be associated with increased toxicity.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 24, 2016
Researchers in Finland have discovered that the distance between a tobacco store and a smoker's home can significantly impact smoking habits. Those who have to walk farther to reach a store are more likely to quit smoking.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 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
On World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization urged countries to implement a law that requires tobacco products to have plain cigarette packaging. This is to decrease the attractiveness of products and emphasize the health hazards of smoking.
Public Health May 31, 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
The U.S. FDA has banned the sales of e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to minors. The new regulations aims to curb teenage smoking problems all across the nation.
Public Health May 7, 2016
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday finally signed into law the bill that raises legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. How will this affect the tobacco industry?
Public Health May 5, 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
A new study shows advertisements increase teen use of e-cigarettes. How these ads lure kids is a question that must be looked into to mitigate the problem.
Public Health April 26, 2016
The battle against smoking continues. Health Canada is looking at potentially forcing tobacco companies to make cigarettes less addictive by lowering the nicotine content in consumer's daily sticks.
Life April 21, 2016
FDA announced its ad campaign to educate rural white teens about the dangers of chewing or using other types of smokeless tobacco. The campaign aims to change the way these young people think when it comes to choosing health over norms.
Life April 19, 2016
Job seekers who smoke are less likely to get employed than their non-smoking counterparts. Smokers also tend to land less-paying jobs.
Life April 12, 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