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3 Surprising Stats That Show How Big Tobacco Is Booming

Despite fewer smokers, cigarette companies have managed to rake in cash

(Newser) - The number of cigarettes sold in the US has declined 37% since 2001. Tobacco regulations are stricter than ever, and Big Tobacco has lost high-profile lawsuits costing millions. Yet the tobacco industry has reported a 32% increase in revenue, totaling $93.4 billion in 2016. According to reporting from the... More »

Here's What a (Legal) Pot Habit Typically Costs

At least in Washington state

(Newser) - Once pot becomes legal in a state, how much do pot smokers spend each year on their habit? That's one of a few questions the "cannabis intelligence firm" Headset answers with its review of some 40,000 purchases made in Washington state between September 2014 and July 2016,... More »

British Medical Group: E-Cigs Save Lives

They should be 'encouraged and endorsed' for smokers: body

(Newser) - The CDC says e-cigarettes may have long-term health effects and might even encourage users to pick up traditional cigarettes. The UK's Royal College of Physicians is singing a much different tune: It's urging smokers to give them a try. The lead author of a report released Thursday says... More »

Why Some Smokers Don't Get Lung Disease

They may carry genes that boost lung function: study

(Newser) - Smokers could soon benefit from new drugs that improve the function of their lungs, owing to the lucky few who smoke for years with little consequence. UK researchers scanned 50,000 smokers and non-smokers, including some who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and identified gene mutations that enhance lung... More »

Secret to Long Life Found in ... Smokers?

A select group of people have genes that might actually repair cell damage

(Newser) - If you smoke for most of your life and still live to a ripe, old age, you might have more than luck on your side. Though smokers can generally expect to live 10 years less than non-smokers, this is by no means a hard and fast rule. Jeanne Calment, for... More »

Enough: End the Smoker Stigma

'The war on smoking has gone too far,' writes Alice Robb

(Newser) - CVS' decision to stop selling tobacco products "is only the latest in a string of anti-smoking measures that have gone into effect with almost no pushback," writes Alice Robb in the New Republic . Consider New York, where Michael Bloomberg's campaign to change the smoking age to 21... More »

Star of CDC Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign Dead at 53

Terrie Hall's cancer spread to her brain

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman featured prominently in a graphic government ad campaign to get people to stop smoking died yesterday of cancer. Terrie Hall died at a hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, federal officials said. She was 53. "She was a public health hero," said Dr. Tom Frieden, director... More »

Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed

Poll finds 26% of smokers have battled depression

(Newser) - You already know smoking is bad for your body, but a new survey finds it may be tough on your mental health, too. According to the Gallup poll , 26% of smokers suffer from clinical depression compared with just 15% of nonsmokers. Researchers interviewed more than 83,000 Americans to determine... More »

Smokers: You Cost Your Boss an Extra $6K a Year

Study is first comprehensive look at the costs

(Newser) - As more employers decide not to hire smokers , a new study underscores why: Puffers cost employers $5,816 more per year than non-smoking employees. The author, an expert in public health law, teamed up with economists and dug into the topic after realizing there "wasn’t any really good... More »

Just in Time for Passover: Kosher Cigarettes

Israeli body gives 3 brands seal of approval

(Newser) - It's Passover and for the first time, Israeli smokers can puff away on rabbi-approved cigarettes, the AP reports. The group that certifies foods and other items as kosher for the week-long holiday approved three brands of cigarettes after determining that their ingredients had not come into contact with grains... More »

Okla. Pol: Bosses Should Be Able to Ax Smokers

David Holt trying to repeal law protecting smokers

(Newser) - If you're a smoker who lives in Oklahoma, watch out: Your boss may soon be able to fire you for the unhealthy habit, if one state senator has his way. Oklahoma currently has a law prohibiting employers from discriminating against smokers, but State Sen. David Holt has introduced a... More »

Florida City: We Won't Hire Smokers

Delray Beach policy in place to save money

(Newser) - If you want to work for the city of Delray Beach, Florida, you better quit your nicotine habit first. A new policy prohibiting the city from hiring employees who regularly smoke or use other tobacco products went into effect this week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. The decision was made... More »

It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

Even those over 60 saw risk of death reduced

(Newser) - If you're a decades-long smoker who has ever thought, "Well, no use quitting after all this time, the damage has been done," a new study is here to tell you you're wrong. Experts from the Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, examined 17 smoking studies covering... More »

Fort Worth May Refuse to Hire Smokers

City considers ban

(Newser) - It's one thing for a hospital to refuse to hire smokers —but an entire city? Fort Worth is considering the idea, and there has been—of course—some backlash. "I think it's an infringement on the public's rights to live their life the way they... More »

CDC Launches Gross Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign

Ads featuring real-life smoking consequences start Monday

(Newser) - Starting Monday, expect to be bombarded with disturbing images showing you, quite graphically, what can happen to you if you smoke. The US government is starting its first paid anti-smoking campaign, running ads for 12 weeks in newspapers, billboards, TV and radio, and social networking sites as well as public... More »

Hospital Bans Employees With Smoky Clothes

Policy goes into effect next year

(Newser) - A Louisiana hospital is really serious about its no-smoking policy: Starting next July, employees will no longer be allowed to work if their clothing even smells like smoke. Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital is expanding a policy originally put in place only in the women's and children's areas... More »

Heavy Smokers Decrease, Light Smokers Increase

More people today puff a few cigarettes per day than in 2005

(Newser) - The CDC is out with new stats on smoking, and the big headline is that the number of adults who partake has fallen from 20.9% in 2005 to 19.3% in 2010, report MedPage Today and the Wall Street Journal . That means about 3 million fewer people are smoking... More »

Waking Up to a Cigarette Raises Cancer Risk

So try to hold off for at least an hour

(Newser) - You probably already know that smoking is bad for you, but a new study shows that smoking first thing in the morning is apparently even worse. Among the 7,610 smokers studied—62% of whom had lung cancer—those who lit up within 30 minutes of waking were 79% more... More »

Iceland Debates Making Cigarettes Prescription-Only

Country will consider banning normal sales

(Newser) - In Iceland, you may soon need to head to the pharmacy to get your cigarettes. The country is considering a counter-intuitive measure that would make cigarettes a prescription-only product. The bill would ban the sale of cigarettes anywhere except pharmacies, and would initially require pharmacies to sell cigarettes only to... More »

Here Are the Gross Images Coming to Your Pack of Cigs

Feds hope damaged teeth, lungs will deter smokers

(Newser) - The new cigarette package labels are out, and they’re not pretty. Federal health officials today released the nine warning labels that will cover the top half of all cigarette packages manufactured after September 2012, and they include graphic photographs of damaged teeth and lungs and an autopsied body as... More »

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