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Smoking Pot May Not Be as Safe as You Think
Smoking Pot May Not Be
as Safe as You Think
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Smoking Pot May Not Be as Safe as You Think

Marijuana users had higher rates of emphysema than tobacco-only smokers

(Newser) - A new study is countering the "public perception that marijuana is safe" or at least "safer than cigarettes," says author Giselle Revah, a radiologist at the Ottawa Hospital General in Canada's capital. As ABC News reports, rates of emphysema, airway inflammation, and enlarged breast tissue were...

Feds Are Preparing Plan to Ban Menthol Cigarettes
FDA Makes Big Move
to Curb Smoking
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FDA Makes Big Move to Curb Smoking

Agency announces plan to ban menthol cigarettes

(Newser) - Update: The FDA on Thursday made one of its biggest moves in more than a decade to curb smoking by unveiling a plan to ban menthol cigarettes, reports the New York Times . Now comes a 60-day period for public comments, followed by any needed revisions. It could be at least...

Health Groups on Philip Morris Move: 'Reprehensible'

Big Tobacco giant has scooped up UK pharma company Vectura, which makes asthma inhalers

(Newser) - If it seems odd to you that a Big Tobacco giant would be getting into the asthma inhaler business, you're not the only one. NPR notes that "health groups are suspicious" after it was announced Thursday that Philip Morris International has become the majority stakeholder of Vectura, a...

Tobacco Firm CEO Says He Wants a Smoke-Free World

Philip Morris chief says company aims to stop selling cigarettes in UK by 2030

(Newser) - Philip Morris International chief executive Jacek Olczak spoke out against his company's best-known product Sunday, telling British newspapers that he fully supports a government plan to eliminate smoking by 2030. He said the government should ban smoking and the company would like to "see the world without cigarettes...

Born After 2004? New Zealand May Never Let You Smoke

Nation considering various proposals as it aims to be smoke-free by 2025

(Newser) - New Zealand has proposed several plans as part of a goal to be smoke-free by 2025, including a permanent ban on sales of any tobacco products to anyone born after 2004, reports the Guardian . Cigarettes are already heavily taxed in the country. But "we need a new approach,"...

Cannabis Exempted From SF Indoor Smoking Ban

Ordinance bans apartment dwellers from smoking tobacco at home

(Newser) - Smokers who live in San Francisco apartment buildings are going to be restricted to smoking inside or smoking outside, depending on what they're smoking. The city's Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 this week in favor of an ordinance to ban tobacco smoking in apartment buildings with three or...

Beverly Hills Makes a Novel Move Against Tobacco

In 2021, most sales will be banned

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has become the first US city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products beginning in 2021. The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies as well as convenience and grocery...

Bill to Counter Vaping Has a New Age for Buyers

McConnell cites 'a public health crisis'

(Newser) - A bill introduced in the Senate on Monday would raise the legal age for buying tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. "Youth vaping is a public health crisis," said Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader. "It's our responsibility as parents and public servants to do everything...

In This City, Tobacco Sales Are About to Become Illegal

Beverly Hills would be America's first to do so

(Newser) - The smoke hasn't cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first US city to end most tobacco sales, the AP reports. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it's ready to snuff out most sales when...

FDA Is Moving Ahead to Outlaw Menthol Cigarettes

But the agency pulled back on anticipated e-cigarette restrictions

(Newser) - Flavored e-cigarettes are getting a bit of a reprieve from the FDA, which has threatened to ban them to combat youth vaping. But, the New York Times reports, the agency will push forward with plans to outlaw menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, “two traditional tobacco products that disproportionately harm...

FDA Wants to Ban Menthol Cigarettes
FDA Wants to Ban
Menthol Cigarettes

FDA Wants to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

They're believed to be harder to quit and come with even greater health risks

(Newser) - The US Food and Drug Administration is reportedly proposing a ban on menthol cigarettes. Per the New York Times , the agency said the proposal would come this week as part of a more aggressive stance against the tobacco. It's unclear how long it would take for such a plan...

Cigarette Smoking Is at a Record Low in the US

But use of other tobacco products, such as e-cigs, is still prevalent

(Newser) - Can you spare a cigarette? Statistically, the answer is increasingly no. New government data show that the number of adults in the US who smoke cigarettes is at the lowest level ever, CBS reports, with 14% (34 million) saying in 2017 that they smoke cigarettes every day or some days....

CDC Chief Resigns After Tobacco Revelations
CDC Chief Resigns
After Tobacco Revelations
the rundown

CDC Chief Resigns After Tobacco Revelations

Brenda Fitzgerald bought stock in tobacco company after assuming post at health agency

(Newser) - The CDC will be needing a new leader. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned on Wednesday as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after some dicey financial conflicts came to light. The big one: Fitzgerald bought stock in a major tobacco company just a month after assuming her position...

FDA Proposes Cutting Nicotine Level in Cigarettes

Stocks of cigarette makers plunged after the announcement

(Newser) - For the first time, the federal government is proposing cutting the nicotine level in cigarettes so they aren't so addictive, the AP reports. US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb on Friday directed the agency's staff to develop new regulations on nicotine. The FDA has had the...

Philip Morris' International War on Tobacco Controls
Leaked Documents Reveal
Tobacco Company's Secret War
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Leaked Documents Reveal Tobacco Company's Secret War

Philip Morris International is working to undermine WHO tobacco control treaty

(Newser) - Philip Morris International—the largest publicly traded tobacco firm in the world—"is running a secretive campaign" against a World Health Organization treaty credited with saving millions of lives in what could be "one of the broadest corporate lobbying efforts in existence," Reuters reports.The news agency...

10 US Cities With the Most Smokers
10 US Cities With
the Most Smokers

10 US Cities With the Most Smokers

In some cities, smoking rate tops 28%

(Newser) - In the past 50 years, the US smoking rate has fallen from 40% to about 18%. That suggests the habit and the health problems associated with it are easing, yet more than a quarter of residents still smoke in some US cities. The US metropolitan areas (none of them major...

Smoke Just a Little Bit? It'll Still Kill You
Smoke Just a Little Bit?
It'll Still Kill You
study says

Smoke Just a Little Bit? It'll Still Kill You

Silver lining: The sooner you quit, the lower the risks

(Newser) - More bad news for smokers, this time for those who think that cutting back will help their health. It turns out that while people who smoke between one and 10 cigarettes a day have an 87% higher risk of earlier death compared to those who've never smoked, people who...

Surgeon General: More People Use Opioids Than Tobacco

And other surprising news from surgeon general's first report on substance addiction

(Newser) - The latest (and first) surgeon general's report on substance addiction was released Thursday, and it offers up a surprising slew of factoids. Per NPR , Dr. Vivek Murthy says more people are hooked on prescription opioids than tobacco, 50% more people (20.8 million, per recent estimates) have substance abuse...

Toxins Hang Around Homes Months After Smoke Clears
Toxins Hang
Around Homes
Months After
Smoke Clears
NEW STUDY

Toxins Hang Around Homes Months After Smoke Clears

'No level of exposure to tobacco is safe'

(Newser) - A home's air may seem cleaner after a smoker has quit, but researchers report in the journal Tobacco Control that toxins from tobacco smoke can linger for months. "We tend to see smoke in the air and then it’s out of sight, out of mind," lead...

FDA Rolls Out Tough New E-Cig Regs

Industry claims it won't be viable for 99% of products to undergo regulatory approval

(Newser) - The FDA regulations on e-cigarettes are here, and not everyone is happy. The agency plans to ban the sale of e-cigarettes, hookah and pipe tobacco, and premium cigars—all of which must carry warning labels—to anyone under 18 within 90 days, reports ABC News . Free samples will also be...

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