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Vaping alert: Study shows maternal nicotine exposure risk

Three new research papers raised concerns about the health risks associated with vaping and the use of e-cigarettes. The risks include unborn children, through pregnant mothers who vape, and risk to those with high blood pressure.

E-cigs may damage the heart, study says

Paris - Vaping devices and the chemicals they deliver -- increasingly popular among teens -- may damage the cardiovascular system, a study said Thursday, adding to a growing chorus of concern over injury and deaths related to e-cigarettes.

Q&A: Leading psychiatrist unpicks the 'vaping epidemic' Special

E-cigarettes and various forms of vaping have become increasingly popular. However, such products are addictive and may lead to adverse health effects, according to psychiatrist Vinay Saranga.

Lawmaker introduces bill to cap nicotine content in vapes

Washington - U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi announced new legislation Monday that would put a cap on the concentration of nicotine in e-cigarette products.

E-cigarette use in young adults increases significantly in U.S.

A new study shows that hundreds of thousands of non-smoking young adults have taken up vaping, based on data compiled between 2017 and 2018. Overwhelmingly, the young adults prefer the sweet flavors not found in regular cigarettes.

Vaping suspected in severe lung damage in eight Wisconsin teens

Milwaukee - Eight teens from southeastern Wisconsin were hospitalized over the last month with severe lung damage believed to be linked to vaping.

Kids' hands can carry high levels of nicotine

Cincinnati - Many people who smoke tobacco try to avoid exposing children to the smoke and its array of carcinogens. Despite safe measures, many children are picking up residues, particularly nicotine, by direct contact with surfaces exposed to smoke.

Health group outlines advice for giving up smoking

Toronto - Although smoking tobacco products is in decline in many countries, a sizable minority continue to smoke. To remind smokers about the process of quitting, the Canadian Cancer Society has provided Digital Journal with a nine step plan.

Nicotine enters the body via the skin as well as lungs

For tobacco smokers, and those who favor e-cigarettes, nicotine not only enters the body via the lungs but also through the skin, according to new research.

Low nicotine cigarettes could help reduce smoking harm

Washington - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published data about the role low nicotine cigarettes can play in helping people give up smoking.

Op-Ed: No Smoking Day highlights government actions against cigarettes

March 9 is No Smoking Day in the UK, and the digital world is filling up with advice on how to quit inhaling and exhaling all that nicotine.

Congress passes bill requiring childproof liquid nicotine bottles

Washington - It's called the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it's intended to keep kids safer by making it more difficult for sticky little fingers to get into yummy-looking but highly toxic liquid nicotine. Congress passed the measure on Monday.

Bacterial solution to giving up smoking

A newly discovered strain of bacteria could be the solution for people wanting to break the nicotine habit. Specifically an enzyme extracted from the organism could be the basis of a new drug.

Op-Ed: Use of e-cigs in public spaces to be banned in Wales

Cardiff - The Labour controlled devolved government in Wales, UK, announced, June 9, that it would seek to introduce a wide ranging ban on e-cigarettes in public places.

E-cigarette use rises among teenagers

Many teenagers, including those who have never smoked traditional tobacco products, have begun experimenting with e-cigarettes.

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.

Increase in e-cigarette-related calls to poison centers

Washington - The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to the U.S. CDC.

L.A. bans e-cigarettes

Los Angeles - Los Angeles City Council has decided to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in the city's public places. This includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces.

Nicotine center of the brain found

The part of the brain which becomes addicted to nicotine has been located — the interpeduncular nucleus. This could lead to treatments targeted to the region and may aid smoking cessation.

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.

Report calls for more e-cigarette research

In a new report the charity Cancer Research calls for a unified research agenda regarding the safety of electronic cigarettes.

Edible nicotine could help alleviate Parkinson’s disease

Consuming peppers and other plant sources of dietary nicotine could help to protect against the onset of Parkinson's disease later in life, according to a new study.

One in five U.S. smokers has tried an electronic cigarette

Data from the U.S. indicates that the proportion of cigarette smokers in the U.S. who have used an electronic cigarette has doubled over a 12-month period.

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.

Study: Kids who live with smokers more likely to miss school

Kids who live with smokers miss more days of school, compared to children who live in non-smoking households. The finding supports research showing how second-hand smoke negatively impacts respiratory health of children.

British Columbia offers 'free' gum, patch to help quit smoking

Vancouver - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will initiate a $25 million program in September that would help residents of the province quit smoking. BC will offer free nicotine, patch, gum and drugs to help quit smoking.

DOT: Electronic cigarettes included in tobacco ban on US flights

Washington - The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently announced their position on the use of electronic cigarettes on airplanes and say that the ban on smoking in the skies includes the popular alternative to tobacco use.

Author: Why quitting smoking is more than just nicotine addiction Special

Ang Mo Kio New Town - Author Cassius Cheong refutes the claim that smoking is hard to quit due to nicotine addiction. The author of a book about quitting smoking reveals other popular myths about smoking as something far from the truth.

Greece imposes heavy fines for smoking in offices and restaurants Special

Starting today, Greece prohibits smoking in all enclosed public spaces and will slap offenders with heavy fines in a bid to reduce nicotine consumption in the country where 42 percent of the population are smokers.

Study: Secondhand, infrequent smoking changes genes

A groundbreaking new study found casual or secondhand smoking causes irreperable damage and changes a person's genetic makeup. "This means that no level of smoking, or exposure to secondhand smoke, is safe," said one of the researchers.
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