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    (CNN) — A provocative new music video, which will air during the Grammys, hopes to persuade teens never to start smoking. The video plays off the term “left swipe,” which with the popularity of dating apps like Tinder and OKCupid has come to define someone as unattractive. If you like someone on a dating app, you swipe them right. If you don’t like them, you give them a “left swipe.” In the video, featuring musical performers Becky G, Fifth Harmony and […]

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    (CNN) — More people may die from undiagnosed lung cancer because they don’t qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers blame current screening guidelines that have remained the same despite the decline in smoking rates in the U.S. “Our data raise questions about the current recommendations,” said Mayo pulmonologist, Dr. David E. Midthun, one of the study authors. “We do not have the best tool to identify who is at risk for […]

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    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — On Tuesday, April 28th, more than 40 area organizations will kick-off a month dedicated to connecting area residents with smoking cessation resources. While more individuals are quitting than ever before, more than 820,450 adults still smoke in Wisconsin, and tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths. “Tobacco-related medical expenses cost Wisconsin residents $3 billion dollars annually and more than 7,000 deaths are associated with tobacco use each year statewide,” said City of Milwaukee Commissioner […]

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    (CNN) — Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows the mind games required to resist cravings and tolerate withdrawal headaches and lethargy. A new study suggests that some hopeful quitters are just more mentally equipped to handle the challenge than others. Researchers looked at the brain activity of a group of 85 heavy smokers (at least 10 cigarettes a day) using a method called fMRI, or functional magnetic resonance imaging. They found that people who had stronger connections between […]

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    NEW YORK — CVS pharmacies is pulling out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce amid reports that the lobbying group worked on behalf of tobacco companies to stamp down global anti-smoking laws. The New York Times reported last week that the chamber — and its foreign affiliates — have zeroed in on efforts by governments around the world to curb tobacco use. “It was the right thing to do for the health and well-being of our customers,” CVS said in […]

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    Beginning June 1, anyone looking to purchase tobacco products in San Francisco must be at least 21 — not 18, the legal age in the majority of the country. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate KPIX. With this new legislation, San Francisco joins Boston, New York and more than 100 other U.S. cities in raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. On January 1, Hawaii […]

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    Just the thought of quitting cold turkey is probably enough to make any smoker uneasy. But a new study adds support to the notion that people who give up cigarettes all at once are more likely to be successful than those who wean themselves off gradually. Researchers looked at nearly 700 long-term heavy smokers in England who wanted to kick the habit. They instructed half of the participants to quit abruptly — that is, pick a quit day when they […]

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    CALIFORNIA — The governor of California has raised the legal age to buy tobacco for smoking, dipping, chewing and vaping from 18 to 21. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday, May 4th he signed a bill calling for the change. Supporters of the law aimed to deter adolescents from the harmful, sometimes fatal effects of nicotine addiction. The Institute of Medicine reports 90 percent of daily smokers began using tobacco before turning 19. Veterans organizations and Republican lawmakers in California […]

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    Smokers have a “footprint” of their addiction on their genes that could be used to identify, and develop treatments for, smoking-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a new study published Tuesday. An analysis of almost 16,000 blood samples from smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers found that tobacco smoke leaves a lasting legacy of people’s addiction on the surface of their DNA. Some changes were still seen in participants who had kicked the habit 30 years ago. […]

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    We know that parents have a profound influence on their child’s life, and increasingly, scientific research is connecting the dots between attention or neglect and behavior. Children who experience the loss of a father or mother early in life are more likely to smoke and drink before they hit their teens, a new study of English families found. This association between parental absence and risky behavior in childhood occurred no matter whether the cause was death, separation or divorce. In […]

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    MILWAUKEE — The American Cancer Society has some stark numbers when it comes to the rate that Wisconsinites die each year from smoking. Jennifer Washington-McMurray says this Thursday, November 17th will be a big day for millions of people. It is the 40th annual Great American Smokeout. “So, you’ll see and hear about events taking place at UW-M,” Washington-McMurray said. Doctors and healthcare advocates know in the real world, quitting smoking probably will not happen on the first, second or […]

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    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 average less than one cigarette a day still have a 64% higher risk of earlier death than those who never smoke. Reporting in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers add that […]

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    It’s that time of year when many of us take a cold, hard look at our lives — and, more important, our vices — to set a goal we believe will make us healthier or happier in the year ahead. There are 1 billion smokers worldwide, and one resolution in the top 10 each year is the intention to kick the habit for good. But this goal is the most difficult of all resolutions to keep, with three in five […]

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    NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is set to become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21, after Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday, July 21st that hikes the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 19. We “are giving young people more time to develop a maturity and better understanding of how dangerous smoking can be and that it is better to not start smoking in the first place,” Christie said in a statement. “My […]

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    OREGON — The new year means you must be at least 21 years of age to purchase tobacco products in Oregon. The smoking age was raised to 21 from 18 — with some saying the move will save lives, and other saying it won’t stop young people from getting their hands on tobacco products. Oregon has become the fifth state in the country to adopt this law. The law calls for fines for businesses that sell tobacco products to people […]

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    MILWAUKEE — Smoking cigarettes is the most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States, killing about 500,000 Americans each year. A new study from the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention aims to help more than 1,000 people in the state finally quit — for free! “Quitting smoking is the single-best thing that someone can do for their health,” said Dr. James Stein, director of the UW Health Preventive Cardiology Program. A $7 million grant from […]

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    At least three out of five people who experiment with a cigarette end up becoming daily smokers at some point, a new study finds. UK researchers analyzed responses from 215,000 people across eight surveys conducted in the UK, the United States, Australia and New Zealand that were included in the Global Health Data Exchange. Of the responses, just over 60% had ever tried a cigarette, and among those, almost 69% reported that they had gone on to become daily smokers. […]

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    NEW YORK — If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you’re trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you’re still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes, the Harvard-led study found. The study is impressive in its size and scope and should […]

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    Cigarette smoking may be declining worldwide, but tobacco use is still responsible for the deaths of about 6 million people globally each year, according to the World Health Organization. For most, tobacco use probably started in childhood. So, at what age do most people start smoking? In the United States and much of Europe, research suggests that regular lighting up typically begins between 15 and 16 years old. In the US, 15.3 was the average age when adult smokers reported smoking initiation, according […]

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    Cigarette use among American adults is at the lowest it’s been since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started collecting data on the issue in 1965, according to a report released Thursday. “The good news is that cigarette smoking has reached unprecedented lows, which is a tremendous public health win, down to 14 percent from over 40 percent in the mid-1960s,” said Brian King, senior author of the report and deputy director for research translation at the CDC’s Office on Smoking and […]

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