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PHA bans smoking in all public housing units - July 30, 2015
The Philadelphia Housing Authority's board of commissioners voted unanimously to ban smoking in all PHA units.
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Many Young Women Taking Up 'Very Light' Smoking, Study Finds - July 30, 2015
While overall smoking rates are falling in the United States, a new study points to one exception: Young women who often opt for "very light" smoking.
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Low-Nicotine Cigarettes Won't Necessarily Help Smokers Stop - July 30, 2015
Low-nicotine cigarettes alone don't help smokers quit over the long term, a new study finds.
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Many Smokers Try to Quit After Cancer Diagnosis - April 22, 2015
Cancer survivors are about 50 percent more likely to quit smoking two years after their diagnosis than smokers without cancer, a new study found.
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Study: Breastfeeding may prevent postpartum smoking relapse - April 21, 2015
A new study indicates the only significant predictor in change in smoking behaviors for women who smoked during pregnancy was in those who breastfed their infant
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How tobacco firms tried to undermine Muslim countries' smoking ban - April 20, 2015
The tobacco industry attempted to reinterpret Islamic teaching and recruit Islamic scholars in a bid to undermine the prohibition on smoking in many Muslim countries, an investigation has shown.
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Use of E-Cigarettes Rises Sharply Among Teenagers, Report Says - April 17, 2015
Kenny, a high school senior in Weston, Fla., likes to puff e-cigarettes during study sessions with friends after school.
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Chemicals in Some Flavored E-Cigs Exceed Recommended Limits: Study - April 17, 2015
A new study raises concerns about the levels of chemicals used to flavor some brands of fluids used in electronic cigarettes.
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Tobacco company lawsuit alleges FDA overstepping authority - April 15, 2015
The nation’s largest tobacco companies are suing the FDA over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency’s authority over labeling and packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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Weight-Control Myths Keep Many U.S. Women Smoking - April 15, 2015
American women who believe smoking helps control weight are less likely than other female smokers to try quitting in response to higher cigarette prices and anti-smoking messages, a new study finds.
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Young Adults Respond to Graphic Cigarette Warnings - April 14, 2015
Graphic images increase the impact that cigarette warning labels have on young adults in the United States, a new study says.
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Pa. retains tobacco settlement funds - April 14, 2015
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court upheld a trial court decision that restored a $125.8 million payment by big tobacco companies as part of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement that compensated states for their health care costs related to smoking.
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D.C. bill would raise age to purchase cigarettes to 21 - April 8, 2015
The D.C. Council is considering legislation that would raise the age to legally purchase and possess tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21.
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Tobacco Smoke Strengthens 'Superbug,' Lab Research Finds - April 7, 2015
Cigarette smoke appears to strengthen a dreaded "superbug," new research in mice shows.
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E-Cigarettes May Pose a Risk in Pregnancy and to Children - April 6, 2015
Nicotine exposure from e-cigarettes may damage the developing brains of infants in the womb, as well as the brains of children and adolescents, suggests a new review of nicotine's effects.
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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde - April 1, 2015
Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — researchers reported.
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CDC Launches New Round of Graphic Anti-Smoking Ads - March 30, 2015
U.S. health officials released a new round of graphic anti-smoking ads featuring former smokers living with the ravages of tobacco.
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Parental smoking increases risk of future heart disease for kids - March 30, 2015
A study has found children exposed to their parents' smoking are at a greater risk of developing heart disease in adulthood than the children of nonsmoking parents.
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Unborn baby shown grimacing in womb as mother smokes - March 24, 2015
Unborn babies appear to grimace in the womb when their mother lights up, scientists have shown, demonstrating the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy.
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Smoking May Be Linked to Prostate Cancer's Return - March 24, 2015
Smoking doubles the risk that prostate cancer will return after surgery for the disease, a new study suggests.
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Tobacco Investors Shrug Off Europe’s Regulatory Moves - March 23, 2015
Despite a wave of regulation in Europe to ban branding on cigarette packages, tobacco shares have outperformed.
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Plain Packaging Laws Might Spur Smokers to Quit - March 23, 2015
Legislation that strips cigarette packaging of all brand-specific design may boost the number of smokers who want to try quitting, a new Australian survey reveals.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Tobacco - March 20, 2015
Smokers lit up more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes in 2014
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Disney CEO to ‘Absolutely Prohibit’ Smoking in Films Made for Kids - March 20, 2015
Walt Disney Studios chairman and CEO Bob Iger said that he will “absolutely prohibit” smoking in all Disney films, including those from Marvel Studios, with a PG-13 rating or below, unless it is historically pertinent.
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E-Cigarette Use in College Tied to Other Risky Behaviors - March 17, 2015
College students who use tobacco, marijuana and/or binge drink are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, researchers report.
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Study Supports Raising Tobacco-Purchase Age to 21 - March 13, 2015
A government-commissioned study supports increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21 from 18, saying it would decrease early deaths, cut low birth weights and “substantially” reduce the number of 15- to 17-year-olds who begin smoking.
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British Parliament Votes To Ban Branding On Cigarette Packs - March 12, 2015
Britain's parliament approved legislation to ban branding on cigarette packs, drawing immediate threats of legal action from the country's $29 billion tobacco industry.
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1 in 5 Preemies With Lung Disease Exposed to Secondhand Smoke - March 3, 2015
High levels of nicotine were found in the hair of many children with premature birth-related lung disease whose parents claimed not to smoke, a new study finds.
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Teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online, study says - March 2, 2015
Teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online even though sales to minors are banned in 41 states, a new study shows.
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Condo buildings are banning smoking, even in residents' own units - February 27, 2015
Where there's smoke, there's ire. High-rise condo buildings such as the Dorchester and Society Hill Towers and luxury buildings such as the St. James are starting to ban resident smoking - even in residents' own units.
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Think Hookahs Filter Out Tobacco Toxins? Think Again - February 27, 2015
Contrary to what many people think, hookah water pipes do not filter out most of the heavy metals in tobacco, a new study warns.
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Durbin, health advocates celebrate 25 years of no smoking on U.S. flights - February 24, 2015
It has been 25 years since American Airlines flight attendant Jena Olsen waded through clouds of cigarette smoke on an airplane.
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Chantix Linked to Higher Quit Rates in Certain Smokers: Study - February 19, 2015
The anti-smoking medication Chantix can boost the likelihood that cigarette smokers who aren't ready to stop cold turkey will cut down gradually, a new study suggests.
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UPS Illegally Shipped 136 Million Contraband Cigarettes In New York, Says New Lawsuit - February 19, 2015
A new multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit alleges that UPS unlawfully shipped almost 700,000 cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York, undercutting anti-smoking efforts and depriving the state of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
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Should inmates be allowed to smoke e-cigarettes? - February 18, 2015
E-cigarettes keep popping up for sale at county jails around the country even as some government officials, schools and health experts urge tighter control over the devices, especially in public buildings.
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Plain Cigarette Packs May Deter Smokers, Studies Show - February 18, 2015
Largely based on findings in Australia, which removed branding from tobacco packaging two years ago, tobacco packaging without labels or branding may keep new smokers away and prevent habitual smokers from lighting up regularly, a new series of studies finds.
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Pills Found to Help Chances of Quitting Smoking in the Future - February 17, 2015
Doctors typically wait until smokers are ready to quit before prescribing pills to help them do it. But a new study has found that even for those who are not ready to stop smoking immediately, medicine taken over time can substantially improve their chances of eventually quitting.
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Smoking Linked to Damage in the Brain, Researchers Find - February 17, 2015
Smoking may damage part of the brain by causing thinning in a crucial area, new research shows.
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Smoking’s Toll on Health Is Even Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds - February 13, 2015
However bad you thought smoking was, it’s even worse.
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Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer - February 13, 2015
Smoking may increase the risk of earlier death for people who've survived colon cancer, a new study warns.
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Quitting Smoking Has Been Just Fine for CVS - February 11, 2015
CVS Health Corp., the largest provider of prescription drugs in the U.S., posted fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates as demand for medicine outweighed the drop in revenue from a decision to stop selling tobacco products.
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Some Kids Use Tobacco, E-Cigarettes Together, Study Finds - February 9, 2015
American children and teens who smoke may also use a variety of other nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookahs and pipes, a new study finds.
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Lung Cancer No. 1 Cancer Killer of Women in Wealthy Nations - February 9, 2015
Lung cancer has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cancer killer of women in developed countries, reflecting changing smoking patterns among females worldwide, a new report shows.
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Study: Smoking and obesity can lead to premature graying - February 5, 2015
while the genes you inherit from mom or dad are the most powerful risk factor for graying early, a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that obesity and smoking are significantly associated with graying early.
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58 Million Americans Exposed to Secondhand Smoke: CDC - February 5, 2015
Although fewer Americans are smoking and more communities have smoke-free laws, 58 million nonsmokers are still being exposed to secondhand smoke, U.S. health officials.
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3 Students Hospitalized After Smoking E-Cigarettes - February 3, 2015
A trio of students at South Broward High School in Hollywood was hospitalized after the e-cigarettes they decided to smoke may have been laced with an unknown substance.
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Philly College of Osteopathic Medicine bans smoking on City Line campus - February 3, 2015
Cigarette smokers were already required to puff outside in designated areas, but now Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's entire 17-acre campus is tobacco free.
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