Tobacco & Smoking Topics
HUD Celebrates One Year of Smokefree Apartment Living
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.
Another Gross Reason to Put Down the E-Cigarettes
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.
Pediatricians: Partners in Helping Parents Quit Smoking
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.
Help Us Recognize the 10th Anniversary of the Tobacco Control Act
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.
The Best Way to Celebrate Your Father this Father's Day
During National Men's Health Week, celebrate the men in your life by encouraging them to lead healthier, smokefree lives.
World No Tobacco Day Should Include E-Cigarettes
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.
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.
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