California woman collapsed on Christmas with 'vape lung' says 'I looked dead'
Julia Itzen used e-cigarettes the way their makers say their intended to be used: to quit smoking. Nonetheless, she landed in the hospital for two weeks with potentially permanent lung damage. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Patients Who Quit Smoking Before Weight-Loss Surgery Often Relapse: Study
FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 -- Many people who quit smoking before having weight-loss surgery go back to cigarettes after the procedure, a new study finds. Researchers followed 1,770 adults for seven years after they had weight-loss surgery at 10 U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 21, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Vaping Illnesses May Have Many Americans Quitting E-Cigs
FRIDAY, Feb. 21, 2020 -- New research suggests that last summer's spate of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping prompted many Americans to consider giving up e-cigarettes. Online searches about how to quit vaping spiked after serious lung injuries... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 21, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

For weight-loss surgery patients who quit smoking, relapse is common
(University of Pittsburgh) Although 1 in 7 adults smoke cigarettes the year prior to undergoing weight-loss surgery, nearly all successfully quit at least a month before their operation. However, smoking prevalence steadily climbs to pre-surgery levels within seven years, according to new research. The findings suggest that there may be missed opportunities to engage patients in interventions to improve long-term smoking cessation rates, particularly at regular post-surgery checkups. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 21, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Lung Diseases on the Rise Worldwide
Aging and risk factors such as smoking, pollution and overweight/obesity are among the other major risk factors for chronic lung diseases, according to the analysis of data from 195 countries. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COPD Incidence Higher in People With HIV
People with HIV have 34 percent higher rate of COPD than those without; smoking may be to blame (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - February 20, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pulmonology, AIDS, Journal, Source Type: news

State and Territorial Laws Prohibiting Sales of Tobacco Products to Persons Aged < 21 Years - United States, December 20, 2019
A comprehensive strategy combining comprehensive smoke-free laws and pricing strategies, as well as strategies such as raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products to 21 years, can help prevent and reduce youth tobacco product use. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 20, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Antismoking laws MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Tobacco Use Tobacco Control Policies Youth smoking Smoke-Free Policies Source Type: news

American Lung Association Hawaii names new executive director
The American Lung Association has named Pedro Haro as its new executive director in Hawaii, the voluntary health organization announced Thursday. Haro enters the role with with more than 20 years of experience leading statewide campaigns and programs, including leading efforts to help pass Hawaii's Kupuna Caregiver's Act, facilitating campaigns for the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, and overseeing the launch of Kokua Life at Mental Health America of Hawaii, the first suicide prevention app in the state.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 20, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Peterkin Source Type: news

Modes of marijuana use - smoking, vaping, eating, and dabbing: results from the 2016 BRFSS in 12 States - Schauer GL, Njai R, Grant-Lenzy AM.
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of modes of marijuana use (e.g., smoked, vaped, eaten, dabbed, etc.), and of multi-modal use has not been assessed across multiple states, and can inform marijuana prevention and education work, given that certain modes of use ar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Use of Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes and Dual Use Among Adult Employees in the US Workplace
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Effect of a Statewide Media Campaign on Smoking Cessation Among Florida Adults
(Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease)
Source: CDC Preventing Chronic Disease - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Another HIV Hazard: Higher Risk for COPD
THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 -- Adults with HIV have higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are diagnosed with the lung disease years earlier than those without HIV, a new study finds. Smoking may be a major reason why,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Smoking Cessation Report Examines New Quitting Strategies
A report from the surgeon general contains a wealth of new information on interventions and strategies for smoking cessation that family physicians can employ with their patients. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

E-cigarette users are exposed to potentially harmful levels of metal linked to DNA damage
(University of California - Riverside) Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have completed a cross-sectional human study that compares biomarkers and metal concentrations in the urine of e-cigarette users, nonsmokers, and cigarette smokers. They found that the biomarkers, which reflect exposure, effect, and potential harm, are both elevated in e-cigarette users compared to the other groups and linked to metal exposure and oxidative DNA damage. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

New study supports the safety of varenicline
(Society for the Study of Addiction) A real-world study of over 600,000 adult participants without a history of depression has found that the stop-smoking medication varenicline (marketed as Chantix and Champix) does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular or neuropsychiatric hospitalization compared with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). These findings confirm those of earlier clinical trials, providing further evidence of the safety of varenicline as an aid to stop smoking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Why businesses are refusing to hire smokers
Intrusive ‘wellness’ policies and rules on off-duty behaviour are becoming widespread (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smokers are being rejected as new hires
Intrusive ‘wellness’ policies and rules on off-duty behaviour are becoming widespread (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Sharp rise in lung disease deaths over past 27 years
18% rise in deaths between 1990 and 2017 Related items fromOnMedica Doctors unite with campaigners in calling for smokefree 2030 Solid fuel cooking linked to higher respiratory death rate Air pollution might contribute to the lung ageing process More non-smokers dying from lung cancer Never too late to quit smoking to cut lung cancer risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

CONFIRMED: CoVid-19 coronavirus found to contain unique "gain-of-function" property "for efficient spreading in the human population" ... exact quote from science paper just published in Antiviral Research
(Natural News) We now have bombshell, smoking gun evidence that the CoVid-19 “Wuhan” coronavirus was specifically engineered as an offensive biological warfare weapon, designed to target to exterminate human beings. A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Antiviral Research (Vol. 16, April 2020) is entitled, “The spike glycoprotein of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV contains... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Evidence That e-Cigs Cause Heart Attacks' Retracted'Evidence That e-Cigs Cause Heart Attacks' Retracted
The Journal of the American Heart Association retracted a study that found an association between e-cigarette use and increased risk of having had a myocardial infarction.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Upstate clinical trial seeks to examine whether nicotine in patch form can improve long term memory and functioning
Study seeks healthy, non-smoking adults, age 55+ who have noticed changes in their memory or whose family members have noticed changes. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - February 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain
Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on how they'd divvy up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the 1998 national tobacco settlement (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vape Shops Face a Choice: Close or Rebrand?
Hundreds of stores are stocked almost entirely with flavored nicotine products that will soon be illegal to sell in New Jersey. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tracey Tully Tags: E-Cigarettes Teenagers and Adolescence Smoking and Tobacco Respiratory Diseases Menthol Law and Legislation Nicotine Marijuana Altria Group Inc Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Juul Labs Inc New Jersey Darth Vapor Adam Source Type: news

UCLA researchers discover new compound that promotes lung health
A molecule identified by UCLA researchers helps maintain a healthy balance of cells in airway and lung tissue. If the compound, so far only studied in isolated human and mouse cells, has the same effect in people, it may lead to new drugs to treat or prevent lung cancer.“We think this could help us develop a new therapy that promotes airway health,” said Dr. Brigitte Gomperts, a UCLA professor of pediatrics and of pulmonary medicine, a member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA, and lead author of the study. “This could not only inform the treatm...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - February 18, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

AHA News: Race and Gender May Tip the Scales on Traditional Stroke Risk Factors
TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- Traditional stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes, impact people of various races and genders differently, new research shows. " The biggest thing we found... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 18, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Passes Landmark Smoking Excise Bill
[WHO] Ethiopia passes landmark smoking excise bill (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 18, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Don't Try to Kick the Smoking Habit Alone
Title: Don't Try to Kick the Smoking Habit AloneCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/16/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Lungs General)
Source: MedicineNet Lungs General - February 18, 2020 Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: news

Payout From a National Opioids Settlement Won ’t Be as Big as Hoped
Expectations of a whopping payday set off thousands of lawsuits. But lawyers for the suing cities and states now concede that companies will shell out far less. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jan Hoffman Tags: Smoking and Tobacco Pain-Relieving Drugs Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Corporations Opioids and Opiates Liability for Products Suits and Litigation (Civil) AmerisourceBergen Corp Cardinal Health Inc CVS Caremark Corporation Johnson & McK Source Type: news

10 African Americans Who Have Shaped  Public Health
By Casey Bishopp, Communications officer, IntraHealth International ; Sabra Farquharson, Business development officer, IntraHealth InternationalFebruary 18, 2020We’re celebrating the legacies of ten African Americans in public health this month—shining a light on the invaluable contributions made by these scholars and health workers. According to themost recent report form the Health Resources and Services Administration, African Americans make up 11.6% of the US health workforce, and throughout American history have made invaluable contributions to greater public health in fields s...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Source Type: news

Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Smokers: Disparities in Cessation Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Smokers: Disparities in Cessation
This study found that Hispanic smokers are less likely to receive quitting advice and to use proven cessation treatments than non-Hispanic white smokers, and this pattern has persisted over time.Preventing Chronic Disease (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Update: Characteristics of a Nationwide Outbreak of EVALI Update: Characteristics of a Nationwide Outbreak of EVALI
Have the number of weekly cases of e-cigarette or vaping, product use-associated lung injury declined since this issue has been in the media limelight?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Vaping Causes DNA Changes Similar to Those in Cancer: Study
MONDAY, Feb. 17, 2020 -- People who vape have potentially cancer-causing changes in their DNA similar to those found in cigarette smokers, according to a new study. These chemical alterations -- called epigenetic changes -- can cause genes to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 17, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Heated tobacco devices making inroads among young adults, study finds
(RAND Corporation) Heated tobacco devices -- which heat rather than burn tobacco to create a vapor -- are the next products being pushed by the tobacco industry. A new study finds that the products are making inroads among young adults, with some users saying they have never used other tobacco products. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Don't Try to Kick the Smoking Habit Alone
SUNDAY, Feb. 16, 2020 -- Going solo when trying to quit smoking isn't enough, one lung health expert says. " Smokers develop a physiological dependence on nicotine, and they need more than willpower to quit, " said Dr. Danish Ahmad, a pulmonologist... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 16, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Complex cannabis use patterns: Associations with cannabis consequences and cannabis use disorder symptomatology - Gunn RL, Aston ER, Sokolovsky AW, White HR, Jackson KM.
This study soug... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

EVALI Patients Using Only Nicotine-Containing Products EVALI Patients Using Only Nicotine-Containing Products
While THC-containing products have been associated with most cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury, some patients report using only nicotine-containing products.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

How Juul gets kids addicted to vaping: it's even worse than you think | Nancy Jo Sales
Massachusetts is suing the e-cigarette company for its predatory ads to children. Hopefully other states will follow suitWhen youread the lawsuit brought yesterday by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against Juul Labs, claiming the e-cigarette company aggressively marketed its product to children and teens, you wonder if anyone at Juul ever thought to ask: “Gee, do you think anybody will find this marketing strategy unseemly?” Or even: “Do you think we could go to hell for this?”Related:Lungs damaged by smoking can heal – studyContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 14, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Nancy Jo Sales Tags: E-cigarettes Health Smoking Society Science US news World news Source Type: news

Bon voyage! Study suggests taking vacations helps boost heart health
(Natural News) Statistics indicate that around a quarter of all adults have a condition known as metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors associated with an elevated risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The risk of metabolic syndrome increases with age, and lifestyle issues like not exercising enough, smoking and carrying extra... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wet-dog smell, tobacco smoke and skunk spray: Various factors affect how long an unpleasant scent lingers, explain researchers
(Natural News) The human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different scents. Many of these smells will come and go fairly quickly. However, others, such as disgusting smells, don’t disappear fast enough. The brain recognizes smells with the help of special sensory cells known as olfactory receptor neurons that are located inside the nose. Once... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Accessing Treatments - United States, 2008-2018
State Medicaid programs that cover all evidence-based cessation treatments, remove barriers to accessing these treatments, and promote covered treatments to Medicaid enrollees and health care providers could reduce smoking, smoking-related disease, and smoking-attributable federal and state health care expenditures. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 13, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Smoking Tobacco Use Smoking Cessation Source Type: news

Juul sued by Massachusetts, allegedly advertised on children's websites
The state of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against leading e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs and its erstwhile parent company Pax Labs Wednesday, alleging that the company specifically targeted underage customers in its initial advertising campaign. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Even After Stroke, Many Smokers Still Light Up
THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2020 -- While fewer Americans are smoking these days, the habit has remained stubbornly persistent among stroke survivors, new research shows. The researchers found that the prevalence of smoking among U.S. stroke survivors has... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 13, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Even After Stroke, Many Smokers Still Light Up
Title: Even After Stroke, Many Smokers Still Light UpCategory: Health NewsCreated: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Heart General)
Source: MedicineNet Heart General - February 13, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

E-cigarette use among teens may be higher than previously thought, study finds
(Rutgers University) Juul may have influenced high school students' perception of vaping such that some Juul users do not consider themselves e-cigarette users, a Rutgers-led study finds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lung Cancer Mortality Suggested to be Significantly Lower with Volume CT
Among participants who were current or former smokers, the NELSON trial found that volume CT screening enabled a significant reduction of harms without jeopardizing favorable outcomes. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - February 13, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Hannah Slater Source Type: news

Research calls for graphic warning labels to be added to cigarette packages
(MediaSource) Experts at the Center for Tobacco Research and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center are making a case for why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) proposed rule to add 13 new graphic warnings for cigarette packages and advertisements should be allowed to go into effect. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 13, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Lawsuit accuses Juul of targeting kids with ads
In a new lawsuit, e-cigarette giant Juul is accused of advertising to young children. That includes buying ads for Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Nikki Battiste reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims
The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: E-Cigarettes Juul Labs Inc Suits and Litigation (Civil) Teenagers and Adolescence Attorneys General Advertising and Marketing Healey, Maura (1971- ) Massachusetts your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

AG Healey sues Juul as regulators pass stringent e-vaping regs
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing e-cigarette manufacturer Juul Labs Inc. as state regulators finalized new rules governing nicotine vaping devices. The state's Public Health Council passed the regulations were passed on an emergency basis in December and finalized them Wednesday. The regulations, based on legislation passed by Beacon Hill in late November, restrict the sale of all flavored electronic nicotine devices to smoking bars. The rule s also restrict the sale of unflavored… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Juul Bought Ads Appearing on Cartoon Network and Other Youth Sites, Suit Claims
The case, brought by Massachusetts after a lengthy investigation, presents some of the strongest evidence the vaping company was marketing to teenagers. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sheila Kaplan Tags: Teenagers and Adolescence E-Cigarettes Suits and Litigation (Civil) Attorneys General Advertising and Marketing Juul Labs Inc Healey, Maura (1971- ) Massachusetts your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news