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Tobacco & Smoking Topics

  • Woman holding her head and wincing What It Means to Be "Nic-Sick"
    October 2, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    All nicotine is addictive but did you know high levels of nicotine can not only create a stronger addiction but also cause your body to overdose on the drug?
  • Two people taking a selfie in front of the NCTOH logo The Tobacco Control Vaccine: Lessons Learned from the 2019 National Conference on Tobacco or Health
    September 18, 2019  |  Jennifer Folkenroth, National Senior Director, Tobacco
    As the new school year gets well underway, sports fans fill out their fantasy football season rosters (Go Eagles!) and northerners prepare for fall color tours and a potential "Snowpocalypse," the American Lung Association's work to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases doesn't stop.
  • Group of teenage kids with fall background. American Lung Association Offers Hope and Help to the Youth Vaping Epidemic
    August 29, 2019  |  Michelle Mercure
    Summer is winding down and families are excitedly preparing for the upcoming school year. Stores are brimming with school supplies. Students are anticipating reuniting with friends. Teachers are drafting lesson plans. And the tobacco industry is lying in wait, ready to recruit the next generation of tobacco users, with fancy teen-friendly flavors, tech-savvy products, and enticing online messages that show teens demonstrating fancy vape tricks.
  • Image of cigarette, lighter and inhaler The number one thing you can do to improve your asthma symptoms
    August 29, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    It may not surprise you to learn that smoking and secondhand smoke are two of the leading causes of asthma symptoms. But that doesn’t mean that adults with asthma don’t smoke. In fact, about 17 percent of adults with asthma use tobacco products even though it may cause them to experience severe wheezing and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, smoking is highly addictive so even though it is the single best thing someone can do to help their asthma symptoms, it can still be very hard to quit.
  • Dorise Hardin speaking at a Smokefree HUD meeting HUD Celebrates One Year of Smokefree Apartment Living
    July 30, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    For more than a decade, the American Lung Association has been working hard to protect everyone in public housing from secondhand smoke exposure. This multi-faceted effort included years of advocating for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make all federally subsidized housing, including public housing, smokefree.
  • Man using a vape pen Another Gross Reason to Put Down the E-Cigarettes
    June 27, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Scientists have been working hard to debunk the belief that e-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. A recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine is giving the mounting concern against vaping some traction. The news adds to the growing list of health problems facing those who use e-cigarettes, including popcorn lung, wheezing and nicotine addiction.
  • A mother and child laughing while reading a book. Pediatricians: Partners in Helping Parents Quit Smoking
    June 18, 2019  |  Dr. Brian Jenssen
    Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure affects approximately 40 percent of the children in the United States, increasing their risk for acute respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, and premature death, while also exacerbating chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma. As a pediatrician, it is astounding to me that this issue still affects so many children given what we know about the related health harms—so I wanted to find a solution.
  • President Obama signs the Family Smoking and Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law in 2009. Help Us Recognize the 10th Anniversary of the Tobacco Control Act
    June 17, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    Ten years ago, we won a major victory against Big Tobacco. In 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law, for the first time giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to oversee all tobacco products. The FDA hit the ground running by establishing the Center for Tobacco Products, which oversees the implementation of the law. But since then, FDA has failed to act, and our country has experienced a new threat in the form of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • Father and son flex muscles to celebrate healthy, smokefree living during Men's health week The Best Way to Celebrate Your Father this Father's Day
    June 10, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    During National Men's Health Week, celebrate the men in your life by encouraging them to lead healthier, smokefree lives.
    Related Topic:  Tobacco & Smoking
  • World No Tobacco Day Should Include E-Cigarettes
    May 31, 2019  |  Editorial Staff
    World No Tobacco Day on May 31 is an annual reminder about the dangers of tobacco, the world's leading cause of preventable death and disease. Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, and smokers are at greater risk for lung disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease and cancer almost anywhere in your body.
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