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E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

E-cigarettes don’t help smokers quit, U.S. Surgeon General says

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Jan. 23 (UPI) -- United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams has declared that e-cigarette use doesn't help smokers quit -- but it may get non-smokers to start. Adams made the remarks Thursday as he presented his office's 2020 report on tobacco. He noted that despite the fact that many e-cigarette -- or vaping -- products are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, scientific evidence supporting these claims remains mixed. The 2020 report -- the 34th overall -- was the first in roughly three decades to address smoking cessation specifically, and it comes in the midst of ongoing debate in Congress and elsewhere about flavored vaping products and their appeal, particularly among young people. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on flavored e-cigarette prod...
Smokers past and present ‘live in more pain’

Smokers past and present ‘live in more pain’

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People who smoke, and even those who have given up, report living in more pain than those who have never picked up the habit, a report suggests.The findings are based on an analysis of data from more than 220,000 people conducted by UCL.The researchers say the reason why is unknown, but could include smoking causing permanent changes in the body. The anti-smoking campaign group Ash said the findings should not come as a surprise given the dangers of smoking.Scientists were analysing data from a set of online experiments in the BBC Lab UK Study, in which people took part between 2009 and 2013.They were sorted into three categories: never smoked daily used to smoke daily or currently smoke daily They were asked how much pain they lived in and this was c...
Switch to vaping ‘helps smokers’ hearts’

Switch to vaping ‘helps smokers’ hearts’

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Smokers can improve the health of their hearts within weeks of switching to e-cigarettes, the largest trial of its kind shows. The month-long study of 114 smokers suggests vaping has the potential to reduce heart attack and stroke risk. The team, at the University of Dundee, stressed vaping was "not safe" - just less harmful than tobacco.The British Heart Foundation said stopping smoking was the single best thing you could do for your heart. Chemicals in cigarette smoke narrow arteries as they get furred up with fatty deposits increasing the risk of a deadly blockage. Ultimately smoking doubles your risk of having a heart attack. But the researchers said the current evidence on vaping was "very poor" and often assessed the impact o...
More smokers notice cigarette warnings on standarized, plain packs

More smokers notice cigarette warnings on standarized, plain packs

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March 22 (UPI) -- Health warnings cigarette packs with affect smoking habits better than when those messages are on branded packs, a new study says. In fact, smokers who bought plain pack cigarette packs were more likely to closely read health warnings listed on them "often" or "very often" compared to people who bought branded packages, according to research published Friday in Addiction Research and Theory. And after reading those warnings, smokers reported that they thought "somewhat" or "a lot" about the health risks associated with smoking -- suggesting the idea is effective. The health warnings listed on plain packs were also larger than those on brand packs, which have large pictures on the front and back. "We found that U.K. smokers currently using standardized packs were more l...
Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

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Using e-cigarettes has been promoted as a way to help adult smokers cut back or quit smoking, or at least to minimize the health damage that smoking causes. Teens, even middle schoolers, have taken up e-cigarettes as well. But as researchers continue to study their safety, a new report in Pediatrics shows vaping could lead to the presence of concerning levels of toxic chemicals. Almost 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer -- and found them in both smokers and vapers -- but not ...