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Most Americans Favor Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21: CDC

July 7, 2015

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of American adults favor raising the legal smoking age to 21, a new federal government study shows.
While support for such a law was strongest among older adults and those who never smoked, 70 percent of smokers also supported the concept.
Only 11 percent of adults strongly opposed such […]

Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors’ Heart Failure Risk

July 6, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In more good news for those who don’t let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure.
“Older adults can make simple changes to reduce their heart failure risk, […]

Flavored Cigarettes Still Popular Online Despite U.S. Ban

June 29, 2015

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although banned in 2009 by the U.S. Food Administration, flavored cigarettes are still popular and available online, a new study finds.
Researchers from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine monitored certain online search terms related to flavored cigarettes and cigars made by the company Djarum. Only […]

As U.S. Smoking Rate Drops, Smokers More Likely to Quit: Study

June 25, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As the number of smokers in the United States dwindles, those who still light up are becoming less attached to the habit and more likely to try quitting, a new study has found.
These findings run counter to the theory of “hardening,” which has held that […]

Smoking Around Toddlers May Raise Their Obesity Risk

June 24, 2015

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Smoking around your toddler may be just as harmful to your child as smoking during pregnancy, new research suggests.
By age 10, children exposed to secondhand smoke as toddlers tended to have wider waists and a higher body mass index (a calculation of body fat) than their non-exposed peers, […]

Teen Use of E-Cigarettes, Hookahs Way Up: Survey

June 23, 2015

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Although fewer American children are smoking cigarettes, the use of controversial e-cigarettes has more than doubled in just three years, a federal survey reports.
It’s something of a good news/bad news situation, Catherine Corey, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said in an agency news release.
“While […]

Teens Unfamiliar With Harms of Pot, E-Cigs, Study Finds

June 23, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens may have a firm grasp on the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but they appear less clear about how using marijuana or electronic cigarettes might harm their health, new research suggests.
“The most striking finding from this study was how little information adolescents were getting regarding […]

Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

June 22, 2015

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds.
Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report.
But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). […]

Many Parents Who Smoke Expose Kids to Fumes at Home

June 18, 2015

THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In nearly 40 percent of U.S. homes with parents who smoke, those parents don’t have smoke-free rules in place for their kids, a new study finds.
Having a smoke-free home — where all smoking is done outside — shields children from exposure to secondhand smoke and also cuts […]

Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

June 15, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About half of U.S. deaths caused by certain cancers — including lung, colon and pancreatic tumors — can be attributed to smoking, a new American Cancer Society study estimates.
In 2011, nearly half of the almost 346,000 deaths from 12 cancers in people 35 and older […]


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