A Quarter of High School Students Use Tobacco

Analysis of the 2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey reveals that almost half of U.S. high school students have tried tobacco and almost 25% currently use it.  More high school boys than girls were current smokers, but was similar in middle school. Electronic cigarettes were tried at least once by 12% of high schoolers, and 3%…

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Video: Can E-Cigrattes Help Smokers Stop?

The American Heart Association says there is not sufficient evidence to promote e-cigarettes as a primary aid to smoking cessation. At best they are about as effective as nicotine patches without behavioral support. They may also prevent people from seeking proven methods of quitting. The many uncertainties of e-cigarettes as a cessation tool is discussed in…

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Bravo! FDA to Regulate All Tobacco Products

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) finally proposed regulations that will cover e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. Also covered are cigars, pipe and water pipe tobacco along with dissolvable tobacco products and nicotine gels. The regulations would ban sales to minors and require photo identification to purchase. This is a huge step for the FDA.…

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E-Cigarettes More Popular

Approximately one in five U.S. adult smokers have tried electronic cigarettes. While e-cigarettes appear to have fewer of the toxins compared to traditional cigarettes, the long-term health impact of these newer devices is unknown. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "There is still a lot we don’t…

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Electronic Cigarettes: A Shocking Caution

Electronic nicotine delivery devices (e-cigarettes) are a rapidly spreading fad in the USA and other countries. They pose special risks to children and adolescents. The devices are widely marketed on the internet as both safe and better for the environment. But FDA analysis points to the fact that even those labeled "nicotine free" actually deliver…

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