Exposure to Secondhand Pot Smoke May Damage Blood Vessels

Exposure to Secondhand Pot Smoke May Damage Blood Vessels

U.S. researchers have found that a one-minute exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke was associated with significant short-term impairment of the blood supply to the lining of the blood vessels of rats. It took a full 90 minutes to recover normal function after a...
UN Calls for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

UN Calls for Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products

On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all governments around the globe to require plain packaging of tobacco products in order to save lives. Restricting or prohibiting  the use of logos, colors and brand images save for brand and...
Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

Another Reason Not to Smoke During Pregnancy

A prospective study in Finland from 1983 to 1998 has found maternal cotinine levels (one of many toxic substances in cigarette smoking), after adjusting for multiple confounders, conveyed a significant excess risk (2.6 to 3.4 times higher) for schizophrenia. When...
California Raises Legal Age for Tobacco Sales

California Raises Legal Age for Tobacco Sales

Following Hawaii, California is raising the legal age for smoking. Sales of both traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes to those under 21 is now prohibited. Interestingly, active military personnel are exempt from this law. LifeTip: There is no safe form of...
New Tobacco Product Regulations

New Tobacco Product Regulations

Finally, after years of debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has debate taken authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, small cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. The sales of all these products, including cigarettes, will be banned to...
Abrupt Cessation of Cigarettes Best

Abrupt Cessation of Cigarettes Best

Many smokers think it is easier and less difficult to quit smoking by gradually cutting down on the number of cigarettes they smoke per day. A randomized trial in the U.K. found those who set a quit date and abruptly quit experienced significantly better success...
No Decline in Tobacco Use Among U.S. Teens

No Decline in Tobacco Use Among U.S. Teens

There has been no decline in overall tobacco use among middle and high school students in the U.S. since 2011. The use of cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and pipe tobacco has declined—while the use of nontraditional products such as e-cigarettes and hookah pipes...
Avoiding Sun May Be as Dangerous as Smoking

Avoiding Sun May Be as Dangerous as Smoking

Swedish researchers studied 30,000 women over 20 and found the nonsmokers who stayed out of the sun had a life expectancy similar to smokers with the highest sun exposure. The authors suggest that overexposure should be avoided, but underexposure may be more dangerous...
“Cold Turkey” More Effective Than Gradual Approach

“Cold Turkey” More Effective Than Gradual Approach

It is not easy to change a long established habit–even when we know it is harmful like smoking cigarettes. Often we think it will be easier to cut down gradually. British researchers found smokers were more likely to succeed when they set a date and stopped when...
Hookah Use Leads to Cigarette Smoking

Hookah Use Leads to Cigarette Smoking

A national cohort study found waterpipe tobacco (hookah) smokers were more than twice as likely to try cigarettes than nonsmokers. Yet only 16% of non-waterpipe users showed any susceptibility to cigarette smoking. A majority of the hookah users were men between the...
Will Big Tobacco be Victorious in the U.K.?

Will Big Tobacco be Victorious in the U.K.?

Big Tobacco, representing companies like Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, and Japan Tobacco have filed suit against the U.K.’s “plain packaging” laws which are due to take effect in May 2016. They claim the law seizes their...
Marijuana and Your Brain

Marijuana and Your Brain

Smoking high-potency cannabis (marijuana) may increase psychosis by five fold. Researchers have found frequent use of this ‘skunk’ cannabis may structurally interfere with communication between the two brain hemispheres, impacting creativity and cognitive...