Smoking

Late-Onset Epilepsy Linked to <i>APOE</i> ε4, Smoking, Diabetes

Late-Onset Epilepsy Linked to APOE ε4, Smoking, Diabetes

The risk for late-onset epilepsy was lower in patients with higher physical activity levels and moderate alcohol intake.

Discrimination Concern in Adolescents Linked to Increased Substance Use

Discrimination Concern in Adolescents Linked to Increased Substance Use

Teens whose concern over societal discrimination grew between 2016 and 2017 increased their cigarette and marijuana use.

Smoking Promotes Disease Progression in Multiple Sclerosis

Smoking Promotes Disease Progression in Multiple Sclerosis

Investigators examined the effects of smoking on respiratory symptoms and functional levels in patients with multiple sclerosis.

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other Electronic Cigarette Makers

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other Electronic Cigarette Makers

More than 1200 warning letters and fines have been sent to retailers and major e-cigarette manufacturers.

Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use in Pregnancy: Current Research Is Questionable at Best

Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use in Pregnancy: Current Research Is Questionable at Best

Many women are unconvinced of the potential harmful effects of marijuana use in pregnancy due to the lack of available evidence.

Bigger Cut in Smoke Exposure for Immediate Nicotine Reduction

Bigger Cut in Smoke Exposure for Immediate Nicotine Reduction

Smokers with immediate vs gradual reduction have significantly lower levels of smoke exposure.

Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among US Adults in Past Year

Prevalence of Marijuana Use Among US Adults in Past Year

Researchers found that 14.6 percent of adults reported marijuana use in the past year and 8.7 percent reported use in the past 30 days.

E-cigarette use common, especially among younger adults and those in the LBGTQ community

Adults within the LBGTQ community more likely to use e-cigarettes.

CDC: 'Tips' Campaign Has Helped a Number of Smokers Quit

CDC: 'Tips' Campaign Has Helped a Number of Smokers Quit

More than 9 million smokers have attempted to quit because of Tips from Former Smokers Campaign.

AAFP Joins Call on FDA to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

AAFP Joins Call on FDA to Reduce Nicotine Content in Cigarettes

AAFP and other signatories also call on FDA to apply the proposal to other combustible tobacco products

Parental cannabis use increasing, cigarette use decreasing

Current cannabis use among parents with children at home increased from 4.9% to 6.8% while current cigarette use declined from 27.6% to 20.2% from 2002-2015, as measured by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Smoking Screening Beneficial in Pediatric Pulmonology Clinics

Smoking Screening Beneficial in Pediatric Pulmonology Clinics

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Adaption of processes in pediatric pulmonology clinics that may eliminate tobacco use and exposure will help with decreasing medical expenses and hospital admissions for illnesses that can be triggered from smoke exposure.

Over 7% of pregnant women smoked in 2016

Over 7% of pregnant women smoked in 2016

Of the women who gave birth in 2016, over 7% smoked cigarettes while pregnant.

Sex and drugs: An interview about discussing sensitive patient topics

Sex and drugs: An interview about discussing sensitive patient topics

Dr Windel Stracener, a family practitioner for 22 years, discusses substance abuse, sexual activity, and other sensitive topics many clinicians do not ask their patients.

E-cigarettes may lead youth to start smoking, adults to stop: NASEM report

E-cigarettes may lead youth to start smoking, adults to stop: NASEM report

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A congressionally mandated report has found that e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes, although they are not without health risks.

Evidence of marijuana's effect on cardiovascular events still scarce

Evidence of marijuana's effect on cardiovascular events still scarce

Future studies may help to assess the relation between chronic marijuana use and cardiovascular risks.

Steady rate of marijuana use associated with decline in cigarette, alcohol use in adolescents

Steady rate of marijuana use associated with decline in cigarette, alcohol use in adolescents

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Adolescent marijuana prevalence today would be at or near record highs if cigarette use had not declined since 2005.

Smoking may be a risk factor for psoriasis

Smoking may be a risk factor for psoriasis

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Researchers observed a positive correlation between the amount and duration of smoking and the occurrence of psoriasis.

Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Antidepressant serum levels may be lower in cigarette smokers

Serum concentration levels of several antidepressants were lower in cigarette smokers compared with nonsmokers.

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Global tobacco control treaty reduced worldwide smoking rates

Countries committed to introducing policies such as high tobacco taxes and smoke-free public spaces.

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

Fruit and vegetable consumption reduces risk of COPD in smokers

A strong inverse association between total fruit and vegetable consumption and COPD was observed in smokers but not in never-smokers.

Electronic cigarette use linked to higher CVD risk

Electronic cigarette use linked to higher CVD risk

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Electronic cigarettes cause an imbalance of cardiac autonomic tone and increased oxidative stress, which may increase cardiovascular risk.

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

Proposing new concepts and definitions in COPD

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It is important to use the right terminology when discussing medical terms, specifically ones associated with smoke-related respiratory conditions, according to the researchers.

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

Smoking more harmful for HIV patients than the virus

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Men and women who quit smoking after entering HIV care at age 40 years gained 5.7 years and 4.6 years of life expectancy, respectively, compared with those who continued to smoke.

Marijuana poisoning cases in children increase in Colorado

Marijuana poisoning cases in children increase in Colorado

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Results suggest that the legalization of recreational marijuana use led to the increase in children who were unintentionally exposed to the drug.

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

PAs lack reliable information on e-cigarettes

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While most PAs believe that e-cigarettes are harmful to health, they need more reliable information to help inform clinical decisions.

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Abrupt cessation more effective when quitting smoking

Of those who quit abruptly, 49% and 22% were still non-smokers at 4 weeks and 6 months, respectively.

Smoking still prevalent among pregnant young women

Smoking still prevalent among pregnant young women

In 2014, nearly 9% of women who gave birth smoked during pregnancy.

How effective are smoking cessation medications?

How effective are smoking cessation medications?

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Study results showed no significant difference based on the type of smoking cessation option they were given.

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Researchers confirmed increased risks for infertility and natural menopause before age 50 in women who are either active smokers or regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

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