No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

No Safe Level of Cigarette Smoking

Many smokers believe very light smoking or not smoking every day may reduce their health risks. In a study of 290,000 middle-aged and older smokers, researchers found long-time, low-volume smokers had significantly higher mortality risks compared with those who had...
Absent Parents Influence Alcohol & Tobacco Use

Absent Parents Influence Alcohol & Tobacco Use

A large U.K. study found when there is an absent parent by age 7, the kids’ risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years increased by 2.86 and 1.46, respectively. Earlier initiation of these risky behaviors may impact the risk of lung...
Cigar Smoking Raises All-cause Mortality

Cigar Smoking Raises All-cause Mortality

There are some who smoke cigars because they think they are not as harmful as cigarettes. A 26-year study of almost 360,000 U.S. adults, found those who exclusively smoked cigarettes experienced twice the risk of never-smokers. The all-cause mortality of those who...
No Safe Level for Smoking

No Safe Level for Smoking

Lighting up just one time per day poses a significantly increased risk for heart disease and stroke. This large meta-analysis of 141 studies in 21 countries found smoking one cigarette a day was associated with a 48-74% increased risk in men, and a 57-118% risk for...
“Constructive Statements” to Finally Run

“Constructive Statements” to Finally Run

Over ten years ago the major tobacco companies were ordered by U.S. federal court to run “corrective statement” ads on national media on the dangers of smoking. Finally, those are due to begin November 26, 2017! These will include messages such as:...
Obesity Driving Many New Cancers

Obesity Driving Many New Cancers

The National Cancer Institute reports cancer death rates continue to decrease as more people are surviving cancer—due largely to early detection and improved treatments. Yet the incidence of cancers related to obesity are on the rise. Obesity contributes in part to...
Prenatal Smoking Impacts Offspring in Teen Years

Prenatal Smoking Impacts Offspring in Teen Years

The short-term risks of smoking during pregnancy have long been recognized. Boston researchers found negative impacts last well into the child’s future life. When the mother smoked as few as 10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy, the child suffered...
Big Tobacco Continues to Survive

Big Tobacco Continues to Survive

Despite the predictions of the demise of the tobacco industry, it continues thriving, increasing sales and profitability. In 2016, the five global leaders (excluding China) shipped 2.7 trillion cigarettes, more than 300 for every man, woman, and child in the world....
Big Tobacco Fighting FDA Oversight of E-Cigarettes

Big Tobacco Fighting FDA Oversight of E-Cigarettes

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids reports big tobacco in the U.S. is waging a sophisticated “multi-pronged assault” to gut the FDA’s ability to regulate electronic cigarettes. The tobacco giants Reynolds American and Altria Group were among the...
From the Plant to the Puff

From the Plant to the Puff

You may not be a smoker, but you know that cigarettes can kill you. It actually kills half of all who start and never quit! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created some videos and interactive tools to help you learn more about the potentially harmful...
Common Cigarette Misunderstandings

Common Cigarette Misunderstandings

Adults and teens in the U.S. hold misperceptions about inhaling cigarette smoke into their lungs. Many survey participants indicated they did not know that the inhaled chemicals from burning cigarettes are the main source of harm. This data suggests the dangers of...
Impact of Close Proximity to Retail Tobacco Products

Impact of Close Proximity to Retail Tobacco Products

Finish researchers have found that for every 500-meter increase in the distance from home to the nearest tobacco outlet is associated with a 16% increase in the odds of quitting smoking. This study is the first of its kind to look at the impact of residential...
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