Cigarettes

The King County Health Department, which serves mostly the city of Seattle and its suburbs, has recently earned a reputation for being driven by politics rather than by evidence-based medicine or common sense.

Last month, the county decided that crisis pregnancy centers that don't perform abortions aren't "real healthcare." According to its website, Care Net -- a crisis pregnancy center in the Puget Sound region -- performs pregnancy tests, STD screens, and ultrasounds and provides prenatal education. Because such crisis centers are often faith-based, what they don't do is perform or encourage abortions.

That's anathema to Seattle, a city whose residents and politicians have little use for religion or...

Once again, the echo chamber nature of press releases serves to promote misleading science and health clickbait.  This time it is with headlines like “Tobacco, but not pot, boosts early stroke risk.” 

First, it is an imprecise conclusion based on the newly published study.  Second, the research it refers to downplays the significant flaws and limitations of its own work.  

Let’s break down the findings for you to draw accurate (and your own) conclusions.  The goal of the work was to determine whether there is an “association between cannabis use and early-onset stroke, when accounting for the use of tobacco and alcohol.”

Who was studied and how was the data acquired? (1)

  • Population-based cohort study comprised of 49,321 Swedish men (...

One of my extended family members is a former smoker. Nagging him to stop did little good. Warning him against its health dangers produced similarly poor results. He was addicted, and he appeared to like smoking, anyway. 

Then e-cigarettes came along. After giving them a try, he quit cigarettes for good. No nagging was necessary. He received the same kick from vaping minus all the nasty smoke that makes cigarettes so dangerous. His blunted sense of smell and taste returned to normal and breathing became easier. 

His story is not unique. Many former smokers credit e-cigarettes with changing their lives for the better. A study in the journal Tobacco Control concluded that...

It is well documented that cigarette smoke causes lung cancer, but giving up nicotine still proves to be the most challenging part of quitting cigarettes. 

Of all the available smoking cessation aides, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have gained the most popularity - likely because they are designed to simulate the cigarette-smoking experience.  E-cigarettes are battery operated wands that contain liquid nicotine, which when heated, emit an aerosol that can be inhaled (vaped). 

Due to the relatively short history of e-cigarettes, there are some unanswered questions about their long-term health safety.  Studies up to this point have suggested that vaping is safer than smoking because it does not expose a person to the inhaled toxins found in cigarette smoke that can...

 

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The CDC has just released a report on tobacco use by youngsters in middle and high school, and the results are disturbing — not just because of the number of kids reporting tobacco use, but because of the way the agency has defined it.

The data were reported in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Since tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death...

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Cigarette smoking is without a doubt the greatest public health villain in the United States — indeed worldwide. It causes about one of every five deaths in the U.S. annually — on the order of 480,000 deaths, according to the...

joint_620x350A recent report disclosed that smoking among teens living in the U.S. has dropped to 64 percent; however, the statistics for marijuana use among teens has doubled.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent of white, black, and Hispanics have smoked cigarettes, cigars or marijuana in 2013. The researchers have tracked teen smoking rates from 1997 to 2013. Vince Willmore, the president for communications at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, stated that this is a...

HelpingSmokersQuitThe United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has reviewed the Swedish Match (SM) "pre-market tobacco application" (PMTA) for eight tobacco products (called "snus") and approved their continued sale in the U.S.

Snus are small sachets of milled moist snuff (tobacco) which supply nicotine to users. The American Council on Science and Health supports smoking cessation and harm...

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 2.06.58 PMIn a new study, Dr. Abigail S. Friedman from the Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health, has concluded that bans of electronic cigarettes to minors results in a higher rate of smoking deadly cigarettes.

Dr. Friedman subjected data on smoking rates as related to e-cigarette access to various statistical tests...

NICOTINE & HEALTHA new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that near-complete elimination of nicotine from cigarettes might lead to declines in smoking, but its brief duration could not possibly show anything relevant to real-world smoking issues.

The study, "Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes," was carried out in 10 locations from mid-2013 through mid-2014 and led by Eric C....