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Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

August 29, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn’t increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn’t harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.
Those problems were predicted by the tobacco industry when it tried to prevent Australia from becoming the first country in the world [...]


Indoor E-Cigarette Use Should Be Banned, World Health Organization Says

August 26, 2014

Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that “vaping” is harmless to bystanders.


Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]


Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than a quarter-million middle and high school students who were non-smokers say they used an electronic cigarette last year — a threefold increase from 2011, a new U.S. study says.
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said those numbers jumped from 79,000 in 2011 [...]


E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco: American Heart Association

August 25, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people, a new American Heart Association policy statement says.
The group also called for thorough and continuous research on e-cigarette [...]


Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking

August 22, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don’t smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study.
This means they don’t inhale more toxic chemicals than other smokers, the researchers say.
The month-long study included 72 adult smokers, aged 18 to 65, who smoked regular [...]


Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

August 19, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.
The program involved giving patients free quit-smoking drugs. It also included automated phone calls that helped them manage their medications, encouraged their efforts [...]


Parent’s Smoking Affects Children’s Health for Years

August 19, 2014

Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.


Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

August 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report.
“The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper,” said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist [...]


Tough Laws Continue to Target Tobacco Sales to Minors

August 14, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only about 10 percent of inspected stores across the United States illegally sold tobacco products to minors during 2013, a U.S. government report says.
That is half the 20 percent target rate set by a national and state effort called the Synar Amendment program to end illegal tobacco sales [...]



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