Cancer, Heart Disease Have Common Risk Factors
Age, sex, smoking status, 10 - year atherosclerotic risk score, and natriuretic peptide concentrations tied to future cancer risk (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - April 9, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Journal, Source Type: news

Rheumatology Smoking Cessation Referral Program Finds Success Rheumatology Smoking Cessation Referral Program Finds Success
Clinics that adopted a protocolized, EHR-based approach to checking for readiness to quit saw a 26-fold increase in quit-line referrals.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines - April 9, 2021 Category: Rheumatology Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Vaping vs. smoking: Impact on cells compared
(Imperial Brands) Peer reviewed and published in the journal Mutagenesis, results show that under the conditions of test, undiluted vape e-liquids and their aerosol extracts exhibited entirely absent or vastly reduced indications of DNA damaging potential in cells, compared to smoke from combustible cigarettes. Imperial scientists are the first to publish results using the ToxTracker cell assay system for the assessment of vape e-liquids and aerosols. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Biden announces executive actions to curb gun violence "epidemic"
The president nominated David Chipman, a former special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to lead the agency. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protocol Ups Referrals to Tobacco Quit Line in Rheumatology Clinics
THURSDAY, April 8, 2021 -- Implementing the Quit Connect protocol in rheumatology clinics is feasible and increases electronic referrals to a state-run tobacco quit line, according to a study published online April 6 in Arthritis Care&... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?
THURSDAY, April 8, 2021 -- Could banning menthol cigarettes be key to lowering smoking rates overall? New research suggests it's possible, after finding that a ban on menthol cigarettes in Canada was linked to a large increase in the number of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Undercover footage shows ‘gratuitous cruelty’ at Spanish animal testing facility
Campaigners call for the closure of the Madrid research firm, after whistleblower video allegedly captures unacceptable treatmentUndercover footage of “gratuitous cruelty and abuse” allegedly taken in an animal testing facility in Spain – which has previously secured funding from the EU and Spanish authorities for projects – has been published, amid calls for the centre’s closure.Madrid-based contract research organisation Vivotecnia conducts experiments on a range of animals including monkeys, dogs, mini pigs, rats, mice and rabbits for the biopharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, tobacco and f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Natalie Grover and Ashifa Kassam Tags: Animal experimentation Animal welfare Environment Spain European Union Science World news Animals Source Type: news

Cancer symptoms: Nine warning signs a tumour could be growing inside your lungs
CANCER in the lungs can develop from breathing in cigarette smoke - either directly or passively. A cancerous tumour affects survival rates depending on how big it is and whether it's spread to other body parts. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?
Title: Canada's Menthol Cigarette Ban Boosted Quit Rates: Would the Same Happen in U.S.?Category: Health NewsCreated: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - April 8, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Majority of E - Cigarette Users Want to Quit
Former cigarette smokers have the highest levels of intention to quit and interest in quitting vaping (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - April 7, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Majority of E-Cigarette Users Want to Quit
WEDNESDAY, April 7, 2021 -- A majority of electronic cigarette users express interest in eventually quitting vaping, according to a research letter published online April 2 in JAMA Network Open. Amanda M. Palmer, Ph.D., from the Medical University... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Ghost guns: spookier than you think they are - Wintemute GJ.
Off-the-books, untraceable "ghost guns" can now be manufactured at home, easily, and in large numbers; they contribute ever more frequently to firearm violence, including hate violence and domestic terrorism. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Program may help patients with rheumatic diseases quit smoking
(Wiley) Smoking increases symptoms and health risks for patients with rheumatic diseases, but interventions to help patients quit are rarely available at rheumatology clinics. A study published in Arthritis Care& Research has found that Quit Connect--a protocol involving electronic health record prompts for nurses and medical assistants in rheumatology clinics--can increase electronic referrals to free, state-run tobacco quite lines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long Work Hours Tied to Double the Risk for Recurrent MI Long Work Hours Tied to Double the Risk for Recurrent MI
A new study suggests long work hours after a first myocardial infarction, more than 55 hours per week, is associated with a twofold increase in the risk for recurrent events, comparable to smoking.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - April 5, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Clinical effects of intravenous bupropion misuse reported to a regional poison center - McCabe DJ, McGillis E, Willenbring BA.
Bupropion is an antidepressant medication with expanding indications including smoking cessation, weight loss, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and amphetamine dependence. Despite its increasing popularity among provid... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Forget the'Lazy Stoner': Marijuana Users Don't Exercise Any Less
MONDAY, April 5, 2021 -- The stereotypical image of pot smokers has long been one of " stoners " parked on the couch, surrounded by snacks and glued to the television, but a new study dispels that notion. Instead, people who use marijuana may... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 5, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

SAMHSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older to determine the prevalence of use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit substances, and illicit use of prescription drugs. Updates include replacing the tobacco module with a redesigned nicotine module, revising the marijuana module, and redesigning the adult and youth mental health services utilization modules into one module. Comments are due by June 4, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Hunter Biden says he used to look for crack in carpets
“I spent more time on my hands and knees picking through rugs, smoking anything that even remotely resembled crack cocaine. I probably... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

On a NICOTINE BINGE? Welcome to the beginning of the end
(Natural News) How many years have gone by for you, saying you’re going to quit, over and over again? What’s your poison? Is it cigarettes or that little vape gadget that’s got you hooked on the world’s third-most-addictive drug? Where does the addiction end, and longevity begin? We’ve got a simple answer for you, and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trajectories of multiple behavioral risk factors and their associations with cognitive function trajectories among older African Americans and White Americans - Li CC, Chen YF, Liang J, Matthews AK, Barnes LL.
This study examined the joint trajectories of behavioral risk factors (smoking, alcohol drinking, and body mass index) and their associations with cognitive function trajectories among older African Americans and white Americans. METHOD... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

The dynamics of race, place, and homicide context in the relationship between firearm dealers and gun violence - Semenza DC, Stansfield R, Link NW.
This study examines the relationship between the concentration of legal firearm dealers and firearm homicide in 27 states. Using data collected from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the National Violent Death Reporting Sys... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Daughter quits smoking to donate liver to her mom
When she learned that a liver transplant could save her mom's life, April Wilson didn't hesitate to stop smoking and say yes to being a living donor. April Wilson smoked for 25 years and tried many times to quit, but nothing seemed to work. "I tried everything," April says. "I used every replacement therapy, Chantix, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 4, 2021 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Majority of e-cigarette users want to quit, study finds
Just over 60% of e-cigarette users want to quit the habit and more than 15% of adults who vape report that they have made an attempt to quit in the past, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most US adults who vape want to quit, study finds
(Medical University of South Carolina) More than 60% of U.S. adults who vape are interested in quitting. Among those who vape to help them to quit smoking, some are successful while others continue smoking and using electronic cigarettes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

If I ’ve Had COVID-19, Do I Still Need Two Doses of Vaccine?
While there are three safe and effective vaccines authorized in the U.S. to protect against COVID-19, there’s still a lot about vaccine immunity that researchers are still trying to figure out. One question has to do with the millions in the U.S. who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and recovered. Do they have natural immunity because of their infection, and if so, do they still need to get vaccinated? How much additional protection do the vaccines give them? In a study published April 1 in Nature Medicine, researchers led by a team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center report that people who recovered from COVID-19 gener...
Source: TIME: Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Most U.S. Adults Who Vape Want to Quit: Study
FRIDAY, April 2, 2021 -- More than 60% of American adults who vape say they want to stop, a new study reports. Some use electronic cigarettes to try to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, then end up vaping and smoking, the researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 1, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Floors Comply With WHO Guidelines
[The Herald] THE Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement is satisfied with the adherence by tobacco auction floors, to Covid-19 control regulations as preparations for the opening of the 2021 marketing season gather momentum. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Bored & Stressed, Smokers Smoked More   During Pandemic
THURSDAY, April 1, 2021 -- Pandemic-related stress has prompted many smokers to light up more often, new research shows, while others smoked more because they could. " Working at home allows me to smoke at will rather than being in a smoke-free... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 1, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Bored & Stressed, Smokers Smoked More   During Pandemic
Title: Bored& Stressed, Smokers Smoked More   During PandemicCategory: Health NewsCreated: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - April 1, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Tobacco Use Up During Early COVID - 19 Lockdown
Inability to obtain lower - risk products drove some to turn to more readily available cigarettes (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - March 31, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Oncology, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Journal, Source Type: news

Tobacco Use Up During Early COVID-19 Lockdown
WEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021 -- Existing smokers or users of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) report increased use during the initial COVID-19 lockdown, according to a study published online March 1 in the International Journal of Drug... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 31, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smoking prevalence in never worked, long-term unemployed and full time students
Detailed ad-hoc analysis of smoking prevalence, calculated from the Annual Population Survey for adults aged 18-64 years (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CT chest findings in marijuana smokers
(American Roentgen Ray Society) A Scientific E-Poster to be presented at the 2021 ARRS Virtual Annual Meeting reveals increased rates of emphysema in marijuana smokers, compared to both non-smokers and tobacco-only smokers, as well as greater rates of paraseptal emphysema. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 31, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The cost of smoking to the social care system
This report finds that on average smokers in England need care when they are 63, 10 years sooner than non-smokers. It estimates that £ 1.2 billion a year is spent on people who have care needs as a result of smoking. It calls for more comprehensive tobacco control strategies in order to ease the pressure on the social care system. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ramadan campaign 2021 key messages
Stay healthy this Ramadan Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water Avoid smoking, junk food, and foods high in sugar content Follow food safety measures Stay active and sleep well Stay safe this Ramadan Wash your hands often and well Wear your mask Maintain physical distance Practice proper sneezing and coughing etiquette Avoid large gatherings and events, especially if you are among high-risk groups or if you’re feeling unwell Keep the spirit of Ramadan alive during COVID-19 Reflect, improve, pray, share, and care – all from a healthy distance Offer special prayers for the sick, alongside...
Source: WHO EMRO News - March 30, 2021 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

COVID Vaccine Gives Less Protection for Some Cancer Patients
Millions of people across the United States have begun receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, and restrictions are lifting in many public spaces such as restaurants and bars. Mesothelioma patients may be looking forward to returning to life as it was before the pandemic. However, a new study reports that the COVID-19 vaccine may not sufficiently protect patients with compromised or weakened immune systems. The study results suggest that people with cancer or who are undergoing cancer treatment may still be highly vulnerable to COVID-19 even after their vaccination. Researchers published their findings earlier this m...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 30, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

Pandemic stress, boredom caused some PA residents to increase cigarette use
(Penn State) Stress, increased free time and feelings of boredom may have contributed to an increase in the number of cigarettes smoked per day during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic by nearly a third of surveyed Pennsylvania smokers. Penn State College of Medicine researchers said understanding risk factors and developing new strategies for smoking cessation and harm reduction may help public health officials address concerning trends in tobacco use that may have developed as a result of the pandemic. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Office for Health Promotion to replace PHE to tackle UK obesity, smoking and mental health issues
The Office for Health Promotion is tasked with tackling the root causes of illness, including obesity, smoking and poor mental health, when it opens this autumn. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Did COVID-19 Stress, Uncertainty Stall Anti-smoking Push? Did COVID-19 Stress, Uncertainty Stall Anti-smoking Push?
A year after COVID-19 upended life for millions of Americans, there are troubling signs that the coronavirus may have also slowed progress against another deadly health threat: smoking.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - March 29, 2021 Category: Cardiology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Smoking Rates High Among Surgery Patients
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - March 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Oncology, Surgery, Preventive Medicine, News, Source Type: news

Teenage Brains Are More Vulnerable to Marijuana, Federal Data Suggests
Teenagers are more likely to get hooked on marijuana, stimulants and other recreational drugs than college-aged or older adults. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anahad O ’Connor Tags: Drug Abuse and Traffic Cannabis Foods and Products Marijuana Teenagers and Adolescence Addiction (Psychology) Sedatives Youth E-Cigarettes Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Alcohol Abuse Age, Chronological Source Type: news

Secondhand Smoke Is Sending Kids to the ER
MONDAY, March 29, 2021 -- Nonsmokers usually try to avoid secondhand smoke, but many kids have no option, and now a new study finds tobacco smoke exposure puts them at higher risk of hospitalization. Compared to other kids, those exposed to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 29, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Smoking Rates High Among Surgery Patients
MONDAY, March 29, 2021 -- U.S. surgery patients have a high rate of smoking, which could be one reason why some wind up on the operating table, researchers say. A look at nearly 329,000 Michigan residents who had common surgical procedures between... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 29, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Smoking Rates High Among Surgery Patients
Title: Smoking Rates High Among Surgery PatientsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - March 29, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Smokers motivated to 'quit for COVID' to ease burden on health system
(George Institute for Global Health) An international survey that included 600 smokers in the UK has found that cessation messaging focused on easing the burden on our health system is most effective in encouraging people to quit. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

This Is Your Brain on Junk Food: In'Hooked,' Michael Moss Explores Addiction
In “Hooked,” Michael Moss explores how no addictive drug can fire up the reward circuitry in our brains as rapidly as our favorite foods. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anahad O ’Connor Tags: Moss, Michael ' Connor, Anahad American Psychiatric Assn Smoking and Tobacco Addiction (Psychology) Sugar Food Mental Health and Disorders Obesity Brain Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

Current Smoking Linked to Increase in CHD Risk in African-Americans
THURSDAY, March 25, 2021 -- Current smoking is associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) in a cohort of African-Americans, according to a study published online March 23 in the Journal of the American Heart... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Risk-takers predisposed to smoking and e-cigarette use, new study suggests
Research by the University of Bristol has found that the association between smoking and e-cigarette use could be explained by a broader genetic susceptibility to risk-taking. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - March 25, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, School of Psychological Science; Press Release Source Type: news

Nigeria: World TB Day - HIV, Smoking Main Drivers of TB Burden in Nigeria - Govt
[Daily Trust] The federal government has identified under-nutrition, HIV, diabetes, smoking and alcohol use as the main drivers of the tuberculosis burden in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - March 25, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Starting smoking cessation in hospitalized patients would reduce many premature deaths
(Florida Atlantic University) Each year in the U.S., about 30 million hospitalizations occur in individuals 18 and older. Of these, more than 7 million are current cigarette smokers whose average hospital stay is several days. Researchers say that starting smoking cessation therapy during hospitalization and maintaining high adherence post-discharge can markedly improve permanent quit rates in these patients with minimal to no side effects. Cessation therapy also should include long-term counseling and at least 90 days of a prescription drug, specifically, varenicline. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 25, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news