Tobacco & Smoking Topics
Why We Need Strong Tobacco 21 Laws
Across the United States, we have seen towns, cities and states join the movement to increase the legal sales age for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 years old. Tobacco 21 laws are popular, with Americans recognizing that these laws will help prevent our kids from starting to use tobacco products and save hundreds of thousands of lives if implemented nationwide. We’re currently pushing for a federal Tobacco 21 law, but until that day comes the focus is on passing laws to increase the sales age to 21 in states.
Vaping: It's All Smoke and Mirrors
A new generation is at risk for irreversible lung damage and disease from e-cigarettes, yet many people view them as harmless. Dr. Troy Moritz explores the dangers of vaping.
'State of Tobacco Control' - A Wakeup Call About the E-cigarette Epidemic
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans a year. For 17 years, our “State of Tobacco Control” report has tracked and graded efforts to reduce tobacco use by state and federal governments. Over this time, the tobacco prevention and quit smoking policies called for in our report have been a remarkable public health success story, resulting in record lows for both adult and youth cigarette smoking rates. However, new factors, especially the dramatic rise of e-cigarette use among youth warn us that this hard-won success could be fleeting.
Are There Environmental or Health Factors that Can Cause Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is caused when cells in the lung mutate or change. Researchers have spent decades trying to understand what causes these cells to mutate. Most lung cancers are caused when someone repeatedly breathes in toxic substances. However, for some people, the cause of their lung cancer is never known.
Do No Harm: Why You Shouldn’t Smoke Around Lung Cancer Patients
Secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is unsafe for everyone, but did you know that it can be especially dangerous for people with lung cancer ? We sat down with Oladimeji Akinboro, M.D., M.P.H., Fellow, Hematology/Oncology at Boston University Medical Center to discuss what is known about the impacts of secondhand smoke exposures on lung cancer patients and what still needs to be discovered.
20th Anniversary of Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Twenty years ago, four major tobacco companies settled a court case with 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) remains the largest civil settlement in U.S. history, and as a result, kids are better protected from tobacco marketing (see you later Joe Camel!). The funding from the settlement was intended to be allocated to lifesaving tobacco control efforts in states, not just when the agreement was signed, but through annual payments by the tobacco companies to the states forever due to the death and disease their products cause.
JUUL: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
They look harmless enough - like a flash drive that might contain music or photos. But a JUUL (pronounced like "jewel") contains something more worrisome - highly addictive nicotine - and as the most popular brand of e-cigarette on the market, they have the potential to hook young people on nicotine, and could lead them to turn to traditional cigarettes.
State of Tobacco Control - Are Benefits from Reducing Tobacco Use Reaching All Americans?
It's no surprise that when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the most important public health achievements in American history, tobacco control landed near the top. After all, tobacco use negatively impacts every organ in your body, and is linked to a staggering range of diseases and early death.
My Quit Story Part 6: Finding Support
It feels like I quit smoking years ago, but really it's been just a few weeks. Quitting was hard at first, but the cravings got easier to handle day by day. I can now go a full day before wanting a cigarette, which feels like a huge accomplishment.
My Quit Story Part 5: Replacing Cigarettes with Food
I smoked for 41 years when I decided to quit, those first weeks came with some pretty intense smoking cravings. To beat them, I needed to keep my hands moving and that meant eating. Food became my replacement for smoking.