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No vaping, Leo: Oscars bans smoking of any kind for its big night after DiCaprio was spotted puffing on an e-cigarette at the SAG Awards - February 4, 2016
The Dolby Theater will have a strict no smoking policy on Oscars night
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Films portraying smoking should get adult rating, says WHO - February 2, 2016
Films showing smoking should be given an adult rating to protect children from exposure to the “last frontier” in tobacco promotion, the World Health Organisation has said.
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New Packaging Law Aims to Protect Kids From E-Cig Liquid Nicotine Exposure - February 1, 2016
President Obama signed into law a bill that requires child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine containers used for e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
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Walgreens will keep selling tobacco products - February 1, 2016
The nation's No. 1 drugstore has no plans to stop selling tobacco products and said its main focus is trying to help people kick the habit, Walgreens executives told shareholders at an annual meeting.
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E-cigarettes tied to reduced odds of quitting smoking - January 29, 2016
People who use electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are less likely to quit traditional cigarettes than people who don't use the devices, suggests a fresh look at some past research.
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Free Nicotine Patches by Mail May Help Smokers Quit - January 27, 2016
Intervention helped boost success rates a bit, even when counseling wasn't included, study found.
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Secondhand Smoke in Hookah Bars May Put Employees at Risk - January 27, 2016
Hookah bar employees are at risk for exposure to secondhand smoke, a new study warns.
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Teen Who Use E-Cigarettes More Likely to Try Tobacco - January 26, 2016
Teens who reported vaping in a recent survey were almost three times more likely than those who didn't vape to report smoking cigarettes a year later, suggesting that efforts to restrict access to electronic-cigarettes can have a positive impact on adolescent smoking rates, researchers said.
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Big tobacco dealt major defeat in court - January 20, 2016
The nation’s second most powerful court dealt a blow to big tobacco Friday, siding with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the battle over regulating menthol cigarettes.
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The CDC’s New Anti-Smoking Ads Target Tobacco Country - January 20, 2016
Even as smoking rates have declined dramatically nationwide, much of America remains tobacco country.
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Study eyes candy-flavored e-cigarette ads targeted to kids - January 19, 2016
Ads featuring e-cigarettes with flavors like chocolate or bubble gum appear to increase kids' interest in buying and trying an e-cigarette, a new British study has found.
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One Hookah Session Delivers 25 Times the Tar of a Cigarette - January 11, 2016
A new meta-analysis led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that hookah smokers are inhaling a large load of toxicants.
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New Jersey may boost age for tobacco purchases to 21 - January 11, 2016
A law that took effect New Year's Day made Hawaii the first state to boost the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, and New Jersey might not be far behind.
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1 in 10 Medicaid Recipients Gets Drugs to Quit Smoking - January 8, 2016
Roughly one in 10 U.S. smokers using Medicaid insurance gets medications to help quit smoking, with a wide variation between states, a new study finds.
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Millions of Teens Exposed to E-Cigarette Ads: CDC - January 7, 2016
E-cigarette use is soaring among U.S. teenagers, largely because of advertising aimed at their age group, federal health officials said.
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Hawaii becomes first state to raise legal smoking age to 21 - January 7, 2016
The last state to join the union has become the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21.
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Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes Help Smokers Consider Quitting - December 28, 2015
Graphic images on cigarette packaging help smokers consider quitting, a new study finds.
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Smoking Bans Beat Cigarette Taxes to Help Smokers Quit: Study - December 23, 2015
Cigarette bans and high taxes both reduce smoking rates, but bans may have one important advantage, a new study suggests.
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Smoking No Longer Allowed At Philadelphia’s 14 Psychiatric Hospitals - December 22, 2015
Smoking is now officially banned at Philadelphia’s 14 inpatient psychiatric hospitals. The new policy went into effect last Monday.
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It's Been A Bad Year For Big Tobacco - December 21, 2015
Cigarette companies found themselves the targets of tighter regulations and lawsuits.
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N.J. considers raising tobacco-buying age - December 21, 2015
New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the state the second in the country to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21.
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In U.S., Young Adults' Cigarette Use Is Down Sharply - December 11, 2015
The smoking rate for 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. has dropped 12 percentage points to 22% over the past decade, more than twice the drop seen for any other age group.
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Could There Be a 'Quit-Smoking' Gene? - December 11, 2015
Some smokers have much more difficulty kicking the habit than others. Now, a new review of prior research identifies a potential culprit: genes.
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Chemicals linked with severe respiratory disease found in common e-cigarette flavors - December 8, 2015
Diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, was found in more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids tested by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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Cleveland bans tobacco, e-cigarette sales to people under 21 - December 8, 2015
Soon, smokers under the age of 21 will not be able to buy cigarettes, tobacco or other smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, in the city of Cleveland.
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E-Cigarette Ads Boost Use Among Young Adults, Study Finds - December 2, 2015
Advertising may boost young adults' use of electronic cigarettes, a new study finds.
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Hiding Tobacco Displays in Stores Might Lower Kids' Smoking Rates - December 2, 2015
Teens less likely to buy cigarettes when promotions aren't visible, study shows
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U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Dips Below 15 Percent: CDC - November 19, 2015
The number of American adults who light up has fallen to a new low of just 14.9 percent, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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E-Cigarette Sales Rapidly Lose Steam - November 19, 2015
Customer dissatisfaction, inventory backlogs, state laws and safety issues are curbing revenue growth
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Phila. to ban smoking at psychiatric hospitals - November 17, 2015
Thousands of people who are hospitalized with mental illness in the Philadelphia region will soon experience what has long been the reality for everyone else: living smoke-free.
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Public Housing Ban on Smoking May Include E-Cigarettes - November 13, 2015
In the near future, all 1.2 million American households residing in public housing units may be banned from smoking tobacco indoors – but the now-commonplace proposed regulation is inflaming passions, with the Department of Housing and Urban Development threatening to include e-cigarettes in the ban.
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Anti-Smoking Programs May Sometimes Backfire - November 10, 2015
Study found smokers can get angry, defensive when public health programs stigmatize tobacco use
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E-cigarettes widely seen as harmful in STAT-Harvard poll - November 9, 2015
Most Americans believe electronic cigarettes are harmful to people’s health, according to a new national poll — even though scientists have not reached a consensus on the risks of the increasingly popular products.
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Kids Drawn to 'Gateway' Flavored Tobacco Products, FDA Finds - November 4, 2015
Candy, fruit and other flavorings are hooking America's next generation of nicotine addicts, a new U.S. government study finds.
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E-Cigarette Use Highest Among Young Adults, U.S. Report Finds - November 4, 2015
In a first-of-its-kind look at electronic cigarettes, a new U.S. government study reports that nearly 13 percent of American adults have tried e-cigarettes at least once and almost 4 percent use them.
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Big Tobacco, trade and the legal assault on foreign nations - October 26, 2015
It looks like Big Tobacco has a big problem on its hands in the form of the recently concluded trade agreement between the eleven nations of the Pacific Rim and the U.S.
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Pediatricians urge tough rules on e-cigarettes - October 26, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for the federal government to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to adults age 21 or older.
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Secondhand Smoke in Infancy May Harm Kids' Teeth - October 23, 2015
Want your baby to grow into a tot with a cavity-free smile? Don't smoke when he or she is around.
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Raising cigarette tax helps combat smoking - October 19, 2015
The commentary attacking cigarette taxes ("Cigarette-tax increases are bad for Pa. business," Wednesday) contained several inaccuracies.
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Three good reasons for Pa. to hike tobacco tax - October 13, 2015
As Pennsylvania leaders struggle to end a budget impasse, an increase of at least $1.60 per pack in the state's cigarette tax offers them a win-win-win solution:
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This Bill Would Ban Cigarette Sales In Drug Stores - October 13, 2015
Mayor Michael Nutter wants to prohibit cigarette sales in drug stores throughout Philadelphia, in hopes of persuading more smokers to kick the habit.
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Three good reasons for Pa. to hike tobacco tax 9 - October 8, 2015
As Pennsylvania leaders struggle to end a budget impasse, an increase of at least $1.60 per pack in the state's cigarette tax offers them a win-win-win solution:
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Why the United Nations should press for higher taxes on tobacco - October 6, 2015
For the first time, the global sustainable-development goals being negotiated at the United Nations treat tobacco use — and the chronic diseases it causes — as a development issue. It’s long overdue.
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FDA launches national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among multicultural youth - October 6, 2015
“Fresh Empire” empowers teens who identify with hip-hop community to live tobacco free
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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Behavior Issues in Kids - October 5, 2015
Early exposure to secondhand smoke may lead to behavioral problems in children, a new study suggests.
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'Low-Nicotine' Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit - October 5, 2015
Study found those inhaling the lowest levels of the addictive agent were more likely to try to stop
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Passive smoking raises risk of type 2 diabetes - September 21, 2015
Lancet journal’s meta-analysis says chance of diabetes for non-smokers inhaling ‘secondhand’ smoke raised by 22%
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Park Service Pinches E-Cig Use - September 16, 2015
The National Park Service announced Monday that electronic cigarette use is now banned anywhere smoking is prohibited on its vast and far-flung landholdings
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FDA Blocks Sale of Four New Cigarette Brands - September 16, 2015
The Food and Drug Administration blocked the sale of four cigarette brands Tuesday, saying retailers will have to pull them off the shelves and telling the maker, R.J. Reynolds, that they cannot sell them any longer.
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Smoke-free zones help reduce youth smoking, study finds - September 11, 2015
Long before teens are old enough to start their first jobs, smoke-free workplace laws could still play a part in decreasing youth smoking trends, according to new research.
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More High School Athletes Using 'Dip' and 'Chew,' CDC Finds - September 9, 2015
High school athletes may be getting the message that cigarettes are bad for their health, but the same can't be said for smokeless tobacco, a new government report shows.
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Obese Smokers Tend to Put on More Weight After Quitting - September 9, 2015
Heavy smokers and those who are obese gain more weight after quitting smoking, a new study finds.
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Chewing Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 People Each Year: Report - September 4, 2015
While cigarette smoking is a known killer, many people don't realize that smokeless tobacco is linked to more than a quarter of a million deaths worldwide each year, British researchers report.
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A year later, CVS says stopping tobacco sales made a big difference - September 3, 2015
The decision to stop tobacco sales at all of its drugstores a year ago caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states, CVS Health says in a new study.
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US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers - September 2, 2015
A health watchdog is to take legal action in California against the manufacturers of some of the best-known brands of e-cigarettes, following tests to establish the levels of toxic chemicals they contain.
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The U.S. Smoking Rate Just Hit A Historic Low - September 2, 2015
Chalk up another big win for public health: The smoking rate among U.S. adults appears to have hit a new low.
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Many Young Adults Think Hookahs, E-Cigs Safer Than Cigarettes - August 31, 2015
Many young American adults believe electronic cigarettes and water pipes are safer than traditional cigarettes, a new study finds.
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Quitting smoking after heart attack reduces chest pain, improves quality of life - August 28, 2015
Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
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Truth Campaign Targets Social Smoking, Hookahs as Cigarette Use Declines - August 28, 2015
The Truth campaign wants to put out more than just cigarettes.
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FDA takes action against three tobacco manufacturers for making “additive-free” and/or “natural” claims on cigarette labeling - August 27, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 3 tobacco manufacturers — ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc., and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. — who describe their cigarettes on product labeling as “additive-free” and/or “natural.”
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It's not just baseball; NFL has a smokeless tobacco habit, too - August 21, 2015
So San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has dipped since the fifth grade? The NFL has its tobacco stories, too.
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Teens using e-cigarettes may be more likely to start smoking tobacco - August 21, 2015
Students who have used e-cigarettes by the time they start 9th grade are more likely than others to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products within the next year, according to a new study.
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Should you have to be 21 to buy cigarettes? - August 20, 2015
The vast majority of smokers start before they turn 21. That's not surprising. Most adults at age 30 or 40 wouldn't dream of lighting up. They are better able to weigh the risks of smoking against — we use this term generously — the rewards.
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Hookah smoking among college students increases - August 14, 2015
While cigarette smoking has gone down over the past decades, hookah is becoming more popular, especially among college students.
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A Baseball Habit Begins to Feel the Pinch - August 10, 2015
Smokeless tobacco has long been visible at baseball parks.
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Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers - August 10, 2015
Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new research.
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