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Hawaii Now Has Toughest Smoking Law in the US

It raises legal age to 21, first state to do so

(Newser) - Hawaii's governor has signed a bill to make his state the first to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The measure aims to prevent adolescents from smoking, buying, or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. Gov. David Ige signed it into law yesterday. Dozens of local governments have... More »

Tobacco Giants Ordered to Cough Up $12B

Judge awards huge sum to Canadian smokers

(Newser) - A judge has awarded more than $12 billion to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan said in his decision that by choosing not to... More »

Beijing to Publicly Shame Smokers

New rules take effect today

(Newser) - Well, that's one way to get people to smoke less: Starting today in Beijing, it's illegal to smoke in restaurants, offices, or on public transportation ... and if you violate the law three times, your name will be listed on a government website. The law also raises the fine... More »

Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs Even Stronger

Bacteria exposed to it become harder to kill

(Newser) - Superbugs such as MRSA are already bad enough. But it turns out that something can make them even nastier: cigarette smoke. Researchers found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria exposed to the smoke became more aggressive and far more difficult to kill, they explain at Eureka Alert . It's almost as if the... More »

Images Capture Effect of Smoking on Fetus

Research suggests it slows development

(Newser) - It's not exactly bombshell news that smoking during pregnancy probably means bad news for the baby, but the CDC estimates that about 14% of pregnant women in the US still light up anyway. Researchers hope their new study shrinks that number even more, reports USA Today . Using high-definition images... More »

Judge Tells Man He Can't Smoke Inside Own Home

Neighbors have sued over secondhand smoke

(Newser) - The list of places where smokers can't smoke is already pretty long, but the latest entry is pretty remarkable: A judge in Washington, DC, has told a homeowner that he can't light up inside his own residence, reports WJLA . The problem is that Edwin Gray has a shared... More »

Keep Smoking, and There's a 67% Chance It'll Kill You

Australian study finds smokers face triple the risk of premature death

(Newser) - In case you weren't convinced of the dangers of smoking, a new study offers a stark figure: Up to two-thirds of those who continue smoking will die as a result, researchers say in a press release . The Australian study was a big one, based on assessments of the health... More »

Smoking Kills More People Than We Thought: Study

Researchers find the true number could be nearly 100K per year higher

(Newser) - How many Americans does smoking kill each year? If you're going by the surgeon general, the answer is about 480,000. But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the number is actually more like 575,000. The issue is that only 21 causes... More »

New Law in England: No Smoking in Cars With Kids

It goes into effect later this year

(Newser) - Brits will be breaking the law if they light up while driving—if there's a child riding as a passenger. England's Department of Health announced today that the law, which will go into effect Oct. 1, is similar to a ban in Wales, the BBC reports. Scotland is... More »

California Declares E-Cigs a Public Health Risk

State plans anti-vaping ad campaign

(Newser) - A big setback for e-cigarettes in America's most populous state: Health authorities in California have declared the devices to be a health risk and urged residents to stop using them, reports NBC . The state, which warns that rising e-cigarette use is introducing a "new generation to nicotine addiction"... More »

Wash. State Could Be First to Bump Smoking Age to 21

Bill would make tobacco age same as pot age

(Newser) - You have to be 21 to legally buy marijuana in Washington, and the state is thinking about bringing in the same age limit for tobacco. The state's attorney general—saying "We must do more to protect our youth from tobacco's grip"—introduced a proposal this week... More »

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Live Longer

Self-perceived age actually alters mortality rates, study says

(Newser) - If you eat well and exercise, you'll probably feel younger than your chronological age. But new research suggests that simply feeling younger than your age—even when accounting for other longevity factors, such as alcohol intake, wealth, illness, education, and smoking—improves longevity, reports Medical News Today . Studying 6,... More »

Could Seeds of Golden Rain Tree Help Smokers Quit?

Doctors hope to make cytisine accessible around the world

(Newser) - Experts are praising a chemical that may be more effective than nicotine when it comes to helping people quit smoking. Cytisine, found in seeds from the golden rain tree, is cheap and natural, but only sold in a few Eastern and Central European countries. Researchers are hoping to change that... More »

Survey: Teens More Into E-Cigs Than Regular Ones

9% of 8th-graders used e-cigarette in past month, study finds

(Newser) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds. Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey's first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes... More »

Male Smokers May Lose Y Chromosomes

Research may explain men's higher cancer rates

(Newser) - Even if general appeals to one's health aren't enough to convince people to quit smoking , perhaps this new research out of Sweden will give men some pause. An Uppsala University study published yesterday in Science says that male smokers are, on average, three times more likely to lose... More »

Packed Hearing on Tobacco Ban Gets Too Wild

The Board of Health chairwoman gaveled the hearing to a close 25 minutes in

(Newser) - The town of Westminster, Mass., could soon become the first in the nation to outlaw the sale of any type of tobacco, but not without a healthy dose of protest. Several hundred people packed a public hearing on the issue last night; it had moved from the health board's... More »

Guy Runs Over Own Head After Dropping Cigarette

Colorado man jumped out of rolling van

(Newser) - The warning labels on cigarette packets don't say "Beware: This product may cause you to run over your own head," but that's what happened to a man in Aurora, Colo., yesterday. According to KUSA , the luckless man dropped a lit cigarette down the front of his... More »

Cigarette Giant Reynolds: No More Smoking at Work

Employees who want to light up will have specially designated smoking areas

(Newser) - If you're a smoker, working at the country's No. 2 cigarette manufacturer is probably pretty convenient—or it was pretty convenient. Reynolds American (maker of brands such as Camel and Salem) told employees yesterday that as of Jan. 1, they won't be permitted to smoke in its... More »

Lung Cancer May Lie in Wait for 20 Years, Then Strike

'Genetic faults' can form, then stay dormant until fast growth is triggered later on

(Newser) - Smoking's bad, quitting's better, but don't start smoking in the first place if you can help it—because even those who give it up and think they're in the clear after a few years may have an unpleasant surprise lying in wait. Scientists from Cancer Research... More »

Leonard Cohen Turns 80, Starts Smoking Again

Singer picking up habit he kicked 30 years ago

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen turns 80 today, and he's marking his eighth decade by returning to a vice he gave up in his fifth: The "Hallelujah" scribe unabashedly says he's going to start smoking again, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "Quite seriously, does anyone know where you can... More »

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