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Ultrascans show fetuses grimacing, touching face as mother smokes

Observations of grimacing facial movements, face and mouth touching behavior of developing fetuses using 4-D ultrasound scans could reveal the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy, according to a new study.

Adult cigarette smoking declines in U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking rate for U.S. adults fell from around 21 percent (in 2005) to around 18 percent in 2013.

Affordable Care Act says 'quit smoking' Special

Washington - With the “Great American Smoke Out on November 20”, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine calls on insurers across the U.S. to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Digital Journal finds out more.

E-cigarettes could be tempting youths into smoking

A new report has indicated that the electronic cigarettes currently flooding the smoking market could be proving tempting to youngsters looking to start the practice, lending evidence to the argument that "e-cigs" encourage youth smoking.

Plain packaging linked to decline in Australian smoking rates

In January 2012, Australia introduced plain cigarette packaging in a bid to lower smoking rates. It was the first nation to do so.

U.S. tobacco companies making deadlier, more addictive cigarettes

Earlier this year the U.S. Surgeon-General reported that cigarettes are deadlier and more addictive than ever, and now a report issued Tuesday outlines how tobacco companies have made design changes and put in more additives to achieve that.

E-cigarettes help smokers quit more than nicotine patches

A study has appeared to show than e-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine patches and gum in helping people to quit smoking.

New York raised the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21

New York - As of Sunday, those who are 18 to 20 years old can no longer buy cigarettes in New York City. A measure has taken effect, and those under 21 are no longer permitted to buy cigarettes.

Coffee, cigarettes protect consumers against rare liver disease

A recent study indicates that drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes can actually protect the consumer against Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC).

'Tobacco Body' website shows graphically awful results of smoking

A new website from Finland is a reminder to us all of what smoking can do to our bodies and our health. Created by the Cancer Society of Finland, it gives the viewer both visuals and text on how each part of the body is affected by smoking.

Canadian health official calls for warning labels on alcohol

Warning labels on alcoholic beverages are required in more than two dozen countries across the globe, including the U.S. and U.K. Not as big or explicit in the warnings as those found on cigarette packages, they are a reminder of its harmful effects.

Op-Ed: Obamacare's goal of 'kicking butt' may have backfired

It sounded like a good idea, at first, as a way to wean smokers off cigarettes by just making them pay more for health care under the new Affordable Care Act. But it seems the plan may have backfired as sky-high premiums are scaring smokers away.

Emerging tobacco products gaining popularity among youth

Emerging tobacco products like e-cigarettes and hookahs are gaining popularity among U.S. middle- and high-school students, according to a report from the CDC.

Smoking, children and immune systems

Pregnant women who smoke can affect the development of the immune system in their children, on molecular level. New research indicates that this can affect gene regulation.

Ever wondered what’s in an e-cigarette?

Smoking is a habit we should all kick, say doctors and health professionals. But some people (entrepreneurs) have created something slightly less dangerous than the actual tobacco for all of us to enjoy: the e-cigarette.

Why do ex-smokers gain weight?

One reason why ex-smokers gain weight is because they eat more. However, weight gain is not necessarily due to an increased calorie intake, it also relates to a change in the composition of the intestinal microorganisms.

Op-Ed: Study claims 'plain' cigarette pack discourages smoking Special

A study suggests plain cigarette packs discourage smoking. Opponents say results are biased, that evidence doesn't support study findings, and neither pack sales nor smoking have slowed. Analysis shows study flaws, and smokers consider the results.

Op-Ed: Cameron's nanny state bans packed lunches but not booze

How would you like the government to tell you what you can feed your kids, and what you can't? No, this is not Soviet Russia or North Korea, but modern Britain.

Op-Ed: Starbucks bans smoking within 25 feet of its 7,000 stores

Beginning June 1, Starbucks will implement a smoking ban of 25 feet around their stores in the U.S. and Canada. This ban won't affect major metropolitan areas where smoking is already banned in public spaces.

NYC proposes raising age to buy cigarettes to 21

New York - Officials in New York City are proposing to raise the age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. The measure would give New York the strictest limits on tobacco sales of any major American city, The New York Times reports.

Republican complains about 'biased' NIH research

Republican representative Andy Harris has expressed concern with an NIH funded science project which allegedly included tracing the Tea Party's origins to groups supported by tobacco companies.

Video: Surreal & 'acrobatic' cigarette smoking trick

In a video uploaded onto World Star Hip-Hop, a man decides to do a very "interesting trick" that takes up a pack's work of cigarettes before swallowing them all.

U.S. District Court orders tobacco companies to admit deception

Washington - A federal judge has ruled that major tobacco companies in the United States must publicly admit they intentionally deceived the public about the dangers of cigarettes.

Study: Smoking 'rots' brain

According to researchers at King's College London, smoking can "rot" the brain by damaging learning, reasoning and memory.

Shisha or bong smoking is just as bad as cigarettes

Shisha, hookah, nargila, bong, water pipe, whatever you call it, it's still bad for your health. Smokers, especially in the Middle East, think they're doing themselves a favour by using a water pipe but new research says it's just as bad as cigarettes.

Drinking green tea can help you quit smoking?

Chinese researchers have recently come out with a unique recommendation to help you get over the nicotine urge – drink green tea. This recommendation now gets better with medical practitioners in Kerala, India reacting positively to the recommendation.

Tobacco on pace to kill 1 billion people this century

The results of the largest ever tobacco study are in and it reveals worrying trends in many developing countries. Amid allegations that tobacco companies are targetting the least fortunate in society, tobacco is now on pace to kill 1 billion people.

Cigarette use falls in US, as other tobacco smoking increases

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that although cigarette use has fallen in the US, there has been an increase in adult use of tobacco used for pipes or self-rolled cigarettes.

Cleaning up Marseille beach, one cigarette butt at a time

Marseille - A recent Surfrider Foundation cleanup, at Prado beaches, near the city of Marseille on France’s Mediterranean coast was designed to highlight the insidious effects of one particular source of pollution – cigarette butts.

Can cigarette packaging deter smoking?

A new psychological study from the U.S. indicates that having health warnings on cigarette cartons helps to make smokers more aware of the ill-health effects associated with smoking.
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