Posted by: prevention2 | August 1, 2012

Hookah Popular Among College Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In upholding the health care reform law today, the Supreme Court has preserved essential disease prevention initiatives that will help reduce the staggering health and financial toll of tobacco use. These prevention measures include expanded coverage of treatments to help smokers quit, as well as a new prevention fund to finance proven disease prevention and public health activities in communities across the nation. Preservation of these important prevention initiatives is a victory for the nation’s health and will save lives and save money by reducing health care costs.

Posted by: prevention2 | September 7, 2011

Kids Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Miss More School

Children who live with smokers miss more school due to illness than those who live in households with non-smokers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers analyzed data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey that tracked, among other things, how many days of school children aged 6 to11 missed and the reason for their absence.

Posted by: prevention2 | August 23, 2011

Tobacco Compliance Checks Reduce Underage Use

In the United States about 3,450 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 will smoke their first cigarette today and around 850 of them will become daily smokers. That’s according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The battle to stop underage smoking is being fought on many fronts, including making sure businesses don’t sell tobacco to people under age 18.

Posted by: prevention2 | August 19, 2011

How Safe is Tobacco That Melts in Your Mouth

Big name tobacco brands are ramping up their presence in the dissolvable tobacco game, and consumers in test markets, as well as regulators, are trying to figure out what make of the new products.

In early 2011, in Colorado and North Carolina, R.J. Reynolds began test-marketing Camel-branded wares — tobacco compressed into toothpicks, mints and strips that dissolve in your mouth. Unlike cigarettes, they produce no smoke, and unlike smokeless tobacco, you don’t have to spit when you use them.

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Posted by: prevention2 | August 3, 2011

Study Links Smoking with Brain Changes, Memory Decline

Smoking is an important risk factor in brain shrinkage and a decline in brain function in later years, a new study suggests. The study found smoking, along with high blood pressure, diabetes and excess weight, all contributed to potentially dangerous changes in the brain that could lead to a decline in mental functioning as soon as 10 years later. The study appears in the journal Neurology.

Posted by: prevention2 | July 25, 2011

Hollywood Shows Less Smoking in Movies than Five Years ago

Hollywood movies are far less likely to feature characters lighting up than just five years ago, suggests an analysis published last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Smoking in movies rated G, PG and PG-13 plummeted 71.6 percent between 2005 and 2010, from 2,093 incidents in 2005 to 595 last year. In films rated G or PG, incidents of tobacco use declined 93.6 percent, from 472 to 30.

Posted by: prevention2 | July 21, 2011

Safety of dissolvable products disputed

The industry touts lozenges and other smokeless products as safer alternatives to smoking. But public health officials and others raise health concerns and worry that they will entice a new generation to get hooked on tobacco.

Posted by: prevention2 | July 19, 2011

Grants Awarded to Encourage Smoke-Free Apartments

An anti-tobacco advocacy group is working to increase the number of smoke-free apartment buildings and condos in Chicago.

Posted by: prevention2 | July 19, 2011

Teens Hearing Loss Linked to Secondhand Smoke

Smoke gets in your ears — if you’re a teen exposed to secondhand smoke — and is associated with hearing loss, a large study suggested.

Exposed adolescents were 1.83 times more likely to experience low-frequency hearing loss than those who had no exposure, according to Dr. Anil K. Lalwani and colleagues from New York University in New York City.

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