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E-Cigarettes Are Targeted at Youths, Report Says - April 21, 2014
An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies has found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away free samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented programs.
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Drive for smoke-free casinos picks up steam - April 17, 2014
Two Pennsylvania legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit smoking throughout the casino floor as well as at several other locations now exempt from the state ban.
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TV smoking influences adult tobacco use, study says - April 17, 2014
Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study.
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Hispanic children more influenced by tobacco direct marketing - April 11, 2014
Direct marketing for tobacco, or advertisements appealing to people through targeted mailing, Internet, or in-store efforts, are not only reaching children in the United States, they are reaching Hispanic children disproportionately.
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Cutting Cigarette Scenes From TV Shows May Have Helped Reduce Smoking - April 11, 2014
Scenes of cigarette use have become less common on prime-time television shows, and it may be linked to reduced smoking rates in the United States, a new study suggests.
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Smoking bans cut asthma attacks and premature births by 10 percent, study says - April 8, 2014
Banning smoking in public places has helped to cut premature births by 10 percent, according to new research from the United States and Europe.
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MILITARY TRYING HARD TO REVERSE RANK TOBACCO HAS AMONG TROOPS - April 8, 2014
At the Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma, Laura Crowder is known as “the Hawk Lady.” She’s also known as “the Smoke Lady,” but not because she’s lighting cigarettes. Instead, Crowder is a health promotions manager at the base outside Oklahoma City, working to wean service members off tobacco in any form.
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E-Cigarette Poisonings Skyrocket, Mostly in Kids - April 4, 2014
Calls to U.S. poison control centers about people sickened by e-cigarettes containing liquid nicotine have soared in the past four years, climbing from just one a month in 2010 to at least 215 per month this year.
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E-cig rule coming 'very soon,' U.S. FDA chief says - April 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is "pushing very hard" to release a proposed rule that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a risk to children.
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Pentagon considering banning cigarette sales on ships and bases - April 2, 2014
If you’re a member of the military, easy access to cigarettes could soon go up in smoke. The Department of Defense is considering banning the sale of cigarettes on ships and bases in an effort to get service members to stop smoking.
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Smoking May Dull Ability to Sense Bitter Tastes - March 31, 2014
Coffee's full taste might be lost on smokers and former smokers, a new study suggests.
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E-cigarette restrictions pass council - March 28, 2014
City Council unanimously passed two bills to add electronic cigarettes to the Philadelphia’s public indoor smoking ban and to forbid the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
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Thirdhand Smoke Is Real—And Risky to Your Health - March 28, 2014
Scientists are worried about another cigarette-related phenomenon: thirdhand smoke. It's real, and it's ubiquitous. Without knowing it, indoor smokers have left a toxic legacy that continues years after their last butt was stubbed out.
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A few counties responsible for smoking rate decline - March 25, 2014
Nationally, smoking rates have dropped for men and women since 1996, but the changes aren't uniform across regions.
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Smoking More Than Doubles Chance of Tuberculosis Recurrence—Study - March 25, 2014
Doctors have long known that smoking, among its many ills, can increase the risk of tuberculosis. Yet clinics and hospitals don't regularly help TB patients quit using cigarettes.
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Selling a Poison by the Barrel: Liquid Nicotine for E-Cigarettes - March 24, 2014
A dangerous new form of a powerful stimulant is hitting markets nationwide, for sale by the vial, the gallon and even the barrel.
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Smokers' Broken Bones May Heal Less Quickly: Study - March 24, 2014
Broken bones heal more slowly in smokers, a small new study suggests.
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Why It's Hard to Kick the Smoking Habit - March 18, 2014
Nicotine withdrawal triggers changes to the brain that help explain why smokers have such a tough time quitting, a new study suggests
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State wants landlords to ban smoking - March 17, 2014
Twenty-one percent of Pennsylvania's adults smoke cigarettes. And if Michael Wolf has his way, none should be able to light up if they live in apartment or condominium complexes.
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Regulate e-cigarettes - March 14, 2014
One of the hottest topics in public health is what to do about e-cigarettes, the modern-day gadgets that allow users to inhale their nicotine fix through "vaping."
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Committee approves adding e-cigs to public ban on smoking - March 14, 2014
A CITY COUNCIL committee yesterday agreed to treat e-cigarettes the same as the traditional kind, banning their sale to minors and applying the same no smoking limits.
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E-cigarettes: fresh air or smoke and mirrors? - March 11, 2014
On the edge of the SoHo neighborhood downtown, The Henley Vaporium is an intimate hipster hangout with overstuffed chairs, exposed brick, friendly counter help — but no booze.
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E-Cigarettes, by Other Names, Lure Young and Worry Experts - March 11, 2014
Olivia Zacks, 17, recently took a drag of peach-flavored vapor from a device that most people would call an e-cigarette. But Ms. Zacks, a high school senior, does not call it that.
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Secondhand Smoke in Childhood Thickens Arteries - March 7, 2014
Secondhand smoke causes irreversible damage to children's arteries and puts them at increased risk for heart attack and stroke later in life, a new study says.
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Young Using E-Cigarettes Smoke Too, Study Finds - March 7, 2014
Middle and high school students who used electronic cigarettes were more likely to smoke real cigarettes and less likely to quit than students who did not use the devices, a new study has found.
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Regulating Electronic Cigarettes - March 4, 2014
European lawmakers last week adopted strong tobacco regulations that will increase government oversight of electronic cigarettes. The rules should serve as a model for the FDA which has said that it also intends to regulate the nicotine-delivery devices.
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E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids - March 4, 2014
Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and celebrity endorsements on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.
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Study Links Secondhand Smoke With Pregnancy Risks - February 28, 2014
Exposure to secondhand smoke is strongly linked to a woman’s increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, according to one of the largest and most comprehensive studies yet to examine the links between passive smoking and pregnancy.
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Five Senators Demand Unconstitutional Restrictions On E-Cigarette Ads—For The Children - February 27, 2014
Five senators introduced “legislation to protect children from e-cigarettes.” To be more precise, the bill aims to protect children from speech about e-cigarettes.
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Main Line Health to Stop Hiring Smokers - February 27, 2014
A local health system that employs thousands in our area is sending a major new message to potential applicants. Smokers need not apply.
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Kids who use snus before age 16 more likely to become smokers - February 24, 2014
Norwegians who started using snus before age 16 were more likely to become cigarette smokers than those who started using snus later in life, according to a new study.
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Smoke-free park policies slow to catch on: study - February 24, 2014
Bans on smoking in public parks are still fairly rare in the United States, despite more than half of states having indoor smoking restrictions, researchers say.
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FDA issues first orders to stop sale, distribution of tobacco products - February 21, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued orders today to stop the further sale and distribution of four tobacco products currently on the market. The action marks the first time the FDA has used its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to order a manufacturer of currently available tobacco products to stop selling and distributing them.
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E-cig industry on tenterhooks ahead of U.S. regulation - February 21, 2014
Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies have been beating a path to the White House, hoping to prevent the administration from imposing strict, and possibly costly, rules on the burgeoning $2 billion industry.
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Check Up: Pa. subsidizes films featuring smoking - February 18, 2014
Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that subsidized 93 percent of recent top-grossing movies featuring characters who smoke - and one of seven states that gave more money to those movies than it spent on tobacco prevention.
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Dems to Wal-Mart: Quit tobacco - February 18, 2014
A powerful group of Democrats is challenging Wal-Mart to be the next store to quit the tobacco industry.
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Taking Tobacco Off the Shelves - February 12, 2014
CVS Caremark, the giant drugstore chain, deserves a big round of applause for deciding to phase out the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores by Oct. 1.
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E-cigarettes: new evidence on thirdhand smoke risk - February 11, 2014
Scientists from the Roswell Cancer Park Institute in Buffalo, NY, have announced the findings of two studies respectively looking at evidence on "thirdhand" exposure to nicotine from e-cigarettes and the accuracy of e-cigarette product labels.
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FDA launches anti-smoking ads aimed at teens - February 6, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is launching the government's largest effort yet to curb tobacco use among at-risk teens.
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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products - February 5, 2014
CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first U.S. drugstore chain to take cigarettes off the shelf.
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At least four Marlboro Men have died of smoking-related diseases - January 29, 2014
Today, the reality about the Marlboro Man is darker: At least four actors who have played him in ads have died of smoking-related diseases.
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Surgeon General report says 5.6 million U.S. children will die prematurely unless current smoking rates drop - January 21, 2014
Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every 13 children under age 18 – will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according to a new Surgeon General’s report.
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Smoking Causes Diabetes, Colon Cancer, New Report Says - January 17, 2014
A new report from the surgeon general finds that smoking causes even more physical and financial damage than previously estimated, killing 480,000 Americans a year from diseases that include diabetes, colorectal cancer and liver cancer.
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U.S. senators slam 'glamorization' of e-cigarettes at Golden Globes - January 15, 2014
A group of U.S. senators is taking the Golden Globes to task for showing celebrities puffing on electronic cigarettes at this year's awards show, complaining such depictions glamorize smoking.
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Chicago to ban indoor e-cigarette smoking - January 14, 2014
Electronic cigarette smokers are a step closer to having to stand next to regular cigarette smokers outside Chicago restaurants, bars and other buildings.
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Big Cigarette Tax Hikes Might Prevent 200 Million Deaths in a Century - January 10, 2014
Tripling cigarette taxes around the world -- an ambitious notion -- would prevent 200 million people from dying prematurely over a century and shrink the number of smokers worldwide by one-third, a new review estimates.
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Study: U.S. Tobacco Control Laws Have Saved 8 Million Lives Over 50 Years - January 8, 2014
A half century after the U.S. Surgeon General first warned Americans about the hazards of cigarettes, 8 million lives have been saved by laws, taxes, and incentives designed to curb the deadly habit.
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Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary - January 8, 2014
Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.
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CORRECTED-New York City Council mulls adding e-cigarettes to smoking ban - December 20, 2013
The New York City Council on Thursday will vote on a bill that would add electronic cigarettes to the city's strict smoking ban, in the latest of many anti-tobacco measures signed by outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Survey Finds Support for Banning E-Cigarette Use by Kids - December 20, 2013
A new survey finds that 44 percent of American adults are concerned that the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens will encourage them to start smoking.
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Nicotine in e-cigs, tobacco linked to heart disease - December 19, 2013
The nicotine delivered by cigarettes -- even the electronic versions -- may still contribute to heart disease, a new study suggests.
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Why Are Children Working in American Tobacco Fields? - December 18, 2013
Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.
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Tobacco Firms’ Strategy Limits Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws - December 13, 2013
Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in anti-smoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation.
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FDA’s anti-smoking campaign to target teens - December 13, 2013
Early next year, half a century after the U.S. surgeon general first proclaimed the deadly effects of smoking, the Food and Drug Administration will launch a public health campaign unlike any the federal government has ever attempted.
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Some airports give green light to e-cigarettes - December 12, 2013
Don't be surprised if you see someone in an airport smoking what looks like a cigarette. Passengers cannot use electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, on flights. However, major U.S. airports are divided on whether or not people can use them inside the terminal.
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Men Who Smoke After Cancer Diagnosis Face Higher Death Risk - December 10, 2013
Men who keep smoking after being diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die than those who quit smoking, a new study shows.
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Can public health cure an ailing health care system? - December 4, 2013
Only 10 percent of preventable deaths in the U.S. are due to inadequate medical care and 30 percent are due to our genetics. The remaining 60 percent reflect our behaviors, our social circumstances, and our environmental exposures.
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Developing countries told 'tax tobacco to save lives' - December 4, 2013
Poorer countries should consider adopting or raising tobacco taxes to help save lives, a group of leading economists says.
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Europeans Keep Smoking Crown as French Cigarette Use Rises - December 3, 2013
Never mind the smoking bans, high taxes and the pictorial death warnings. Europeans still rank as the world’s heaviest smokers.
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Exercise may help pregnant women quit smoking - November 29, 2013
For pregnant women who want to quit smoking, a brisk walk can temporarily stave off tobacco cravings, says a Canadian study.
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18 City Workers Featured In ‘Ex-Smoker’s Hall Of Fame’ - November 25, 2013
As part of the Great American Smokeout, the city of Philadelphia has launched an ‘Ex-Smoker’s Hall of Fame.’ They include 18 city workers featured on a city website who gave videotaped testimony.
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Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bill Banning Tobacco Sales to Anyone Under 21 - November 20, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed landmark legislation banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, making New York the first large city in the country to prohibit sales to young adults.
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College Students Feel Pull of Cigarette Ads, Study Finds - November 20, 2013
The influence of just one cigarette ad can last for seven days and increases the risk of smoking among college students, according to a new study.
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Fewer teens smoke but more use e-cigarettes, hookahs - November 15, 2013
Fewer U.S. teens are smoking cigarettes, but more are getting a nicotine fix from hookahs and electronic cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
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10 Things E-Cigarettes Won't Tell You - November 13, 2013
The cigarettes of the future could be safer, cheaper and less taboo than the smokes of the past. But they also threaten to upend decades of anti-smoking efforts.
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E-cigarette ads model big tobacco ads of old - November 13, 2013
Some e-cigarette companies are following in the marketing footsteps of tobacco companies: celebrity appeals and flavors that could attract kids.
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Hookah bars: A new smoking epidemic? - November 8, 2013
Despite a national downturn in cigarette smoking, a growing number of young Americans are turning to hookah bars to smoke tobacco, a study has shown.
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Gaps in Smoke-Free Workplace Laws May Leave Many Exposed - November 6, 2013
State laws have reduced the overall rates of secondhand-smoke exposure for many workers, but people in certain occupations are still vulnerable, according to a new study.
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Smokers' skin may age faster, study of twins shows - October 31, 2013
Smokers are likely to get bags under their eyes and wrinkles around their lips earlier than non-smokers, according to a new study of identical twins.
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New York Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes to 21 - October 31, 2013
Buying cigarettes in New York City is about to become a lot harder for young people, as lawmakers adopted the strictest limits on tobacco purchases of any major American city.
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Infants Exposed to Smoking in Womb at Risk of Infections, Death: Study - October 25, 2013
Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are at increased risk for hospitalization and death due to both respiratory and non-respiratory infections, a new study says.
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