February 6, 2012 About 1 in 5 nonsmoking kids in middle and high school reported sharing a car with a smoker. The researcher say the survey, which included responses from thousands of students, give an accurate snapshot of what's happening across the country.
R.J. Reynolds' Orbs, a dissolvable tobacco product. The Food and Drug administration is studying the flavored products.
January 20, 2012 Supporters of the product say they help quit smoking. Opponents maintain it's a gateway to cigarettes. Both groups are making their case to the Food and Drug Administration, which is studying the flavored melt-in-your-mouth products.
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There are new questions about the value of nicotine patches and gum in helping people quit smoking.
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January 11, 2012 A study out this week raises questions about just how effective nicotine replacement is over the long haul. How does a new study that suggests gum and patches are no better than going cold turkey square with previous studies that showed a benefit?
January 10, 2012 Nicotine patches helped improve memory for patients on the road to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. But doctors didn't find the change meant they people did better on everyday problems.
A hospital stay may be the right time to quit smoking.
January 3, 2012 Most hospitals make little effort to screen patients for tobacco use or to help smokers kick the habit permanently. That's a missed opportunity. Starting this month, though, hospitals can choose to adopt tobacco-cessation measures to help them comply with accreditation standards.
What's on your list?
December 30, 2011 A little over half of the people we surveyed said they'll resolve to exercise more in 2012. More than a third will resolve to lose weight. And 13 percent say they'll commit to either quitting smoking or reducing how much they smoke.
Seeds from Golden Rain acacias like these in Wales provide the active ingredient for a pill to help people stop smoking.
September 29, 2011 A pill long sold by a Bulgarian drugmaker in Eastern Europe is getting a fresh look as an inexpensive way to help smokers in low-income countries quit. In Poland, the medicine costs about $15 for a course of treatment.
September 6, 2011 Children living with a smoker in the house miss about one extra school day per year. And if two adults in the house smoke, children miss 1.54 more days compared to kids from nonsmoking households.
An increase in toxic chemicals in cigarettes may also be to blame for the high risk of bladder cancer for women who smoke.
August 16, 2011 Scientists used to think that women were less likely to get bladder cancer than men. A new study shows that's not the case. Scientists think they know why: More women are smoking, and cigarettes have become more deadly.
Early morning cigarettes are a proxy for the level of addiction, researchers say.
August 8, 2011 To measure addiction, cancer researchers can count how many cigarettes are smoked per day and how many years someone's been smoking. Now, researchers are interested in when people have their first cigarette — the earlier in the day, it seems, the greater the health risk.
Teens exposed to secondhand smoke face a greater risk of hearing loss, researchers have found.
July 19, 2011 Adolescents exposed to secondhand smoke were more likely to experience hearing loss, NYU researchers found. Also, more than 80 percent of adolescents who had hearing loss didn't know it.
July 15, 2011 A long-running campaign to discourage the depiction of smoking in movies is paying off. There were far fewer incidents in 2010 than five years earlier. Filmmakers with public policies to reduce smoking in films showed the steepest declines.
Messages like this on one at Pier 27 in San Francisco seem to be getting through to Californians.
July 14, 2011 California health officials say smoking rates in the state are down to 11.9 percent, making it only the second state so far to achieve a federal target of reducing adult smoking rates to 12 percent by 2020.
The FDA recently updated the anti-smoking messages it includes on cigarette packages to add graphic images.
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June 27, 2011 By refusing to throw out a $270 million jury award, the high court put an end to a case that began in May 1996, when some 500,000 smokers in Louisiana filed a class-action suit against tobacco companies. Now the companies must help smokers quit.
June 21, 2011 The FDA's revamp of its anti-smoking campaign might make us a bit squeamish, but isn't that the point? The agency enlisted 18,000 people to help it pick the images that made people want to quit or never start smoking.
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