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It's Not a Good Time to Smoke Anything: Experts

Lungs need clean air during a pandemic

(Newser) - Anytime is a good time to stop smoking or vaping, but health experts say this moment would be especially beneficial. "Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,... More »

Study Suggests Surprising Reason to Quit Smoking

Researchers say the lungs of ex-smokers can repair some of the damage

(Newser) - A new study presents this not-so-surprising fact: Nine out of every 10 cells in the lungs of smokers show some degree of mutation, reports the AFP . But then came the surprise: The lungs of former smokers seem to be able to repair some of the damage, according to the study... More »

On Cancer Death Rate in the US, a Historic Dip

2.2% drop in 2017 is biggest single-year decline in mortality rate, helped along by lung cancer gains

(Newser) - Since 1930, the American Cancer Society has been tracking the cancer death rate in the US—the number of deaths per 100,000 people—and its latest report shows the biggest single-year drop ever: 2.2% in 2017, reports the Washington Post . That record one-year decline is tacked onto a... More »

U-Haul to Stop Hiring Smokers

Company will stop interviewing, hiring anyone who uses nicotine

(Newser) - U-Haul International has announced plans to stop interviewing and hiring nicotine users, including people who use e-cigarettes and vaping products, the AP reports. The well-known truck and trailer rental company approved the nicotine-free policy set to go into effect Feb. 1 in more than 20 states where the company operates,... More »

It Was the Site of a Tragedy. And Now, a Murder-Suicide

3 dead in Connecticut after dispute over smoking

(Newser) - Danielle Jette lost her husband when he fatally shot himself inside her Connecticut home three years ago. On Tuesday, she lost her boyfriend and two children in much the same way. Officers responding to a 911 call found 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. inside the Watertown home and 15-year-old Della Jette... More »

This Is How Quickly Vaping Alters the Body

And that's without the nicotine or flavorings

(Newser) - A new study is casting yet another shadow over e-cigarettes. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania say participants who inhaled only vape juice—no nicotine, no flavorings—suffered temporary changes to their cardiovascular system, Wired reports. The study found that brain, heart, and leg arteries in the 31 participants constricted... More »

FDA Unveils Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

Tobacco companies blocked them once and are expected to try again

(Newser) - If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, cigarette labels in the US are about to get pretty graphic. The agency has unveiled 13 proposed warning labels that would be prominently featured on cigarette packs and in cigarette advertising if approved, reports CNBC . The labels go beyond warning of... More »

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... More »

Disney Parks Are Getting Rid of Smoking Areas

Large strollers are also banned

(Newser) - Disneyland may no longer be the "Happiest Place on Earth"—if you're a smoker. Disney Parks announced in a blog post Thursday that as of May 1, there will no longer be smoking areas "inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide... More »

Study Highlights Tragic Risks of Smoking While Pregnant

Just one cigarette per day while pregnant doubles baby's risk of unexpected death

(Newser) - A new study finds dire statistics for women who smoke while pregnant: Even one cigarette a day doubles your baby's risk of sudden unexpected infant death. SUID is defined as any death of an infant under 1 year of age from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation or... More »

Man's Obituary: 'Don't Be an Idiot'

Geoffrey Turner died of lung cancer, uses his last words to urge others to quit smoking

(Newser) - Geoffrey Turner is dead, and he would like you to know exactly why: "I was an idiot who made the same stupid decision, day-after-day, multiple times per day. I was a smoker and even though I knew it may eventually kill me, I chose to deny the truth to... More »

Cops: Driver Plows Into Family of 8 Over Smoking Dispute

The mother was killed; 6 young children and father were injured

(Newser) - A man who was asked not to smoke near children allegedly responded by plowing his vehicle into a family of eight—twice—with fatal consequences. Police say the scene at a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw, NY, began around 1:50pm Wednesday when the family's father asked the man not to... More »

Hawaii Bill Would Raise Legal Smoking Age by ... Well, a Lot

Minimum legal smoking age in Hawaii would rise incrementally through 2024

(Newser) - Hawaii wants to free a "heavily addicted" group that's been "enslaved by a ridiculously bad industry." That's per state Rep. Richard Creagan, an ER doctor and the sponsor of a bill that goes after "the deadliest artifact in human history"—the cigarette. How... More »

Want to Quit Smoking? E-Cigs May Be Your Best Bet

E-cigs helped cessation better than gum, patches, scientists say—but it's not a universal endorsement

(Newser) - A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the... More »

Juul Employees Getting a $1.3M Bonus. Each

But is the e-cig giant just trying to soothe critics?

(Newser) - Juul is giving each worker a hefty gift—said to be $1.3 million on average—amid a wave of criticism over its latest investment deal, Inc.com reports. The e-cigarette maker just received a one-time $2 billion dividend payment, insiders say, and is dividing it among 1,500 employees... More »

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... More »

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.... More »

Plane's Scary Descent Linked to Pilot's Decision to Vape

Air pressure dropped as he adjusted AC system to keep vapor in check

(Newser) - "When I close my eyes, I see the oxygen masks dangling in front of me." That's the lingering anxiety of a passenger on a recent Air China flight that plummeted thousands of feet after oxygen levels dropped. A senior official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China... More »

Thirdhand Smoke Is a Big Problem

HVAC systems carry thirdhand smoke indoors: study

(Newser) - You've heard of secondhand smoke, but thirdhand smoke needs to be on your radar, too. "Just because you're in a nonsmoking environment, it doesn't mean you aren't exposed to tobacco," says Peter DeCarlo of Drexel University, whose study was published Wednesday in Science Advances,... More »

'Smoking Baby' Mom Arrested After Facebook Commotion

Viral video led cops to 20-year-old Brianna Ashanti Lofton

(Newser) - A video of an infant smoking a small cigar set off outrage on social media that helped North Carolina authorities ID and arrest the mother. A version of the video that's received 1.5 million views was posted by a user who urged the mother's arrest. The 10-second... More »

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