252015Jun

The American Lung Association and Pfizer announced the launch of Quitter’s Circle

- http://www.lung.org/press-room/press-releases/tobacco-control/QC-Launch-Press-Release.html -

This week the American Lung Association and Pfizer announced the launch of Quitter’s Circle, a mobile app and online community designed to help smokers face common obstacles associated with quitting through educational, social and financial support. The Quitter’s Circle app is available on Android and Apple smartphones and the Apple Watch.

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252015Jun

As Smoking Declines, More Are Likely to Quit

- http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2015/06/130586/smoking-declines-more-are-likely-quit -

New Study Casts Doubt on the Value of Promoting e-Cigarettes Smokeless tobacco and, more recently, e-cigarettes have been promoted as a harm reduction strategy for smokers who are “unable or unwilling to quit.” The strategy, embraced by both industry and some public health advocates, is based on the assumption that as smoking declines overall, only…

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242015Jun

The world's hottest tobacco product: vapor

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While cigarette sales volume slipped 0.4 percent worldwide in 2014, the global vapor tobacco industry nearly doubled in size to $6 billion from 2013 to 2014. That’s according to a report from Euromonitor International, which expects the industry to continue its rapid growth — unless regulation and taxation deliver a serious buzzkill.

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232015Jun

Millions of Smokers May Have Undiagnosed Lung Disease

- http://consumer.healthday.com/health-technology-information-18/cat-scan-news-88/millions-of-smokers-may-have-undiagnosed-lung-disease-700594.html -

Millions of long-term smokers may have undiagnosed lung disease, a new study finds. Fifty-five percent of those who pass lung function tests still have a respiratory impairment, researchers report. But, using advanced imaging techniques along with walking and quality-of-life tests can reveal early signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An incurable, progressive disease, COPD…

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232015Jun

Why Can Some People Quit Smoking Cold Turkey? And Why You Probably Shouldn't Try It Yourself

- http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-can-some-people-quit-smoking-cold-turkey-and-why-you-probably-shouldnt-try-it-339264 -

Getting to the bare bones of it all, the answer to “Should I try to quit smoking cold turkey?” is decidedly no. Not if you want the best chance of succeeding. As  Medical Daily has reported before, the consensus in the scientific field of tobacco control has put the rate of quitting smoking for extended…

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222015Jun

Fifteen years after smokers quit, heart failure risk may fall to normal

- http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/16/us-heart-failure-former-smokers-idUSKBN0OW28R20150616 -

For most former smokers who quit at least 15 years ago, the risks of heart failure and death are the same as those of someone who never smoked, according to a new U.S. study. “These results support the majority of literature, including that of the U.S. Surgeon General,” said senior author Dr. Ali Ahmed of…

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222015Jun

Secondhand smoke

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Many Americans view smoking, and secondhand smoke, as a problem that has mostly been solved, at least in the United States. However, only HALF of all Americans are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke, whether in public places or at work. Action on Smoking and Health, with support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has…

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152015Jun

Integrating Tobacco Cessation Tools and Practices within Behavioral Health Settings Webinar

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The National Council for Behavioral Health will host a webinar on June 23, 2015 from 2:30-4:00pm Eastern time titled, Integrating Tobacco Cessation Tools and Practices within Behavioral Health Settings. During the webinar, participants will learn how evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments that can greatly improve health outcomes for people with mental illness and addictions.

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122015Jun

Delaware Senate passes indoor e-cigarette ban

- http://www.delawareonline.com/story/firststatepolitics/2015/06/11/delaware-senate-passes-e-cigarette-indoor-ban/71076570/ -

Senate lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that adds e-cigarette devices to Delaware’s Clean Indoor Air Act, but would exempt vape shops from such a ban. “It is a good day for the public’s health,” said Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate. “This provides another level of protection for the public.” The measure,…

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112015Jun

Smoking May Make Return of Lung Cancer More Likely

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Lung cancer survivors are at high risk for recurrence of the disease, and smoking is a major factor in that risk, a new study shows.  The study included 192 lung cancer survivors in the United States who were followed for an average of more than eight years. During the follow-up period, 38 percent developed lung…

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