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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Chinese Male Teens Aren't Smoking as Much

Feb. 10, 2016 — Chinese teenage boys who are born in more recent years are less likely to start smoking than those in previous generations, researchers ... read more

Study Compares Effectiveness of Phone-Based and Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs in Four States

Feb. 8, 2016 — A new analysis indicates that states' Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one ... read more

For Breast Cancer Patients, Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Jan. 26, 2016 — Documenting that it’s never too late to quit smoking, a large study of breast cancer survivors has found that those who quit smoking after their diagnosis had a 33 percent lower risk of death as a ... read more

Comparison of Smoking Cessation Therapies Finds Similar Quit Rates

Jan. 26, 2016 — Among adults motivated to quit smoking, 12 weeks of treatment with a nicotine patch, the drug varenicline, or combination nicotine replacement therapy produced no significant differences in confirmed ... read more

Incidence of Psychiatric Disorders Has Increased in a Shrinking Population of Smokers

Jan. 26, 2016 — While cigarette smoking rates have declined among younger people in the United States, those who do smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began ... read more

Mailed Nicotine Patches With No Behavioral Support Associated With Cessation

Jan. 25, 2016 — Mailing free nicotine patches to smokers without providing behavioral support was associated with higher rates of tobacco cessation than not offering the patches, according to an ... read more

Secondhand Smoke Hazardous to Hookah Bar Workers

Jan. 25, 2016 — Workers at New York City hookah bars are inhaling hazardous levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine while at work, signaling yet another breach by their employers of New York City's anti-smoking ... read more

Ads for Candy-Flavored E-Cigarettes Could Encourage Vaping Among School Children

Jan. 18, 2016 — Advertisements featuring e-cigarettes with flavors such as chocolate and bubble gum are more likely to attract school children to buy and try e-cigarettes than those featuring non-flavored ... read more

Weight Loss, Quitting Smoking and Giving Up Alcohol May Be Aided by Hormones from Our Guts

Jan. 15, 2016 — Scientists are investigating whether an infusion of gut hormones could help people to stop over-eating, quit smoking, or give up alcohol. In the study, volunteers will have three infusions of ... read more

E-Cigarettes, as Used, Aren't Helping Smokers Quit, Study Shows

Jan. 14, 2016 — Electronic cigarettes are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes, but a new analysis found that adult smokers who use e-cigarettes are actually 28 percent less likely to ... read more

Flipping Molecular 'Switch' May Reduce Nicotine's Effects in the Brain

Jan. 13, 2016 — A lipid (fat molecule) in brain cells may act as a "switch" to increase or decrease the motivation to consume nicotine, new research ... read more

Cellular Protein Shredder Is Impaired by Cigarette Smoke and in COPD Patients

Jan. 13, 2016 — Cigarette smoke reduces the activity of the immunoproteasome, researchers have shown for the first time. In addition, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) display reduced ... read more

Researchers Find Shared Molecular Response to Tobacco Smoke, Indoor Air Pollution

Jan. 11, 2016 — Exposure to certain household air pollutants may cause some of the same molecular changes as smoking cigarettes, report scientists. The study, conducted on non-smoking women living in rural China who ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — New data shows how often state Medicaid programs provide help with smoking cessation. Smoking, the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States, puts a particularly heavy burden on ... read more

Plain Packaging Effective in Reducing Misperceptions of Tobacco Products Among Australian Indigenous

Dec. 29, 2015 — Following the introduction of plain packaging on tobacco products in 2012, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were 12 percent less likely to think certain tobacco brands were ... read more

Dec. 28, 2015 — Two types of electronic cigarettes have been tested by researchers who found that they damaged cells in ways that could lead to cancer. The damage occurred even with nicotine-free versions of the ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Low-dose CT screening is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and numerous other organizations for people 55 and over with no symptoms of lung cancer who have smoked the equivalent ... read more

Dec. 21, 2015 — A new study is the first to provide real-world evidence of the effectiveness of smoking warning labels that include graphic photos of the damage caused by regular tobacco ... read more

Periodontal Disease Associated With Increased Breast Cancer Risk in Postmenopausal Women

Dec. 21, 2015 — Postmenopausal women with periodontal disease were more likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not have the chronic inflammatory disease. A history of smoking significantly affected the ... read more

Teens With Fewer Mental Health Issues Turn to E-Cigarettes

Dec. 18, 2015 — Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new study has found. Today's teens perceive ... read more

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