Philip Morris responds to Brazil lawsuit over health costs

Business 05/23/19, 16:31

A multinational tobacco company issued a response on Thursday after Brazil's attorney general filed a lawsuit seeking to recover costs by the public health care system in treating smoking-related illnesses.The suit filed Tuesday against Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco seeks to recuperate losses over the last five years ...

New Jersey beach smoking ban in place for start of summer

Health 05/23/19, 12:26

Smoke 'em if you've got 'em — but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer.Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer under tougher new restrictions.Nonsmokers are rejoicing over the ban, which also applies to public parks. But some smokers ...

Dueling smoking bills move through Arizona Legislature

Health 05/12/19, 23:57

There are two competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills at the Arizona Legislature. The winning legislation may emerge soon.The Senate last week unanimously passed a bill championed by Republican Sen. Heather Carter of Cave Creek that would reclassify vaping products as tobacco and place them under the state's voter-approved Smoke-Free ...

Juul’s ‘switch’ campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

U.S. 05/09/19, 14:21

E-cigarette giant Juul is pushing into TV with a multimillion-dollar campaign touting its vaping device as an alternative for middle-age smokers. And that's raising concerns among health activists and others.Juul devices have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a means of helping smokers quit.Anti-smoking groups say ...

Juul nicotine hit may be ‘Worst for kids, best for smokers’

U.S. 04/27/19, 10:13

She tried gums, patches and various electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. What finally worked for Chantel Williams was a small, reusable e-cigarette called Juul that packs a big nicotine punch."I look better. I feel better and I don't smell. It's fantastic," said Williams of Portland, Oregon, who smoked for decades.That ...

Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up

Health 04/07/19, 08:38

As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking.The juxtaposition strikes some as jarring after generations of Americans have gotten the message that smoking endangers their health.Meanwhile, marijuana ...

Pensions, taxes and smoking bans in legislature’s final day

Health 03/28/19, 19:41

Kentucky lawmakers have finalized a plan to make one of the country's worst-funded pension plans even worse, arguing it's the best of a series of bad options needed to rescue some critical state-funded agencies that can't afford their ballooning retirement payments.House and Senate leaders revealed the plan Thursday, the final ...

Washington Legislature votes to raise smoking age to 21

Health 03/27/19, 18:28

A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a change.Lawmakers in the state Senate approved the measure 33-12 on Wednesday with supporters saying it would reduce youth ...

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Europe 03/19/19, 18:39

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.The research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana and mental health problems, but still does not ...

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Health 02/11/19, 13:41

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.For decades, the percentage of high school and middle school students who smoked cigarettes had been declining fairly steadily. For the past three years, it has flattened, according to new numbers released Monday.There may ...

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study

U.S. 01/30/19, 17:01

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 debate ...

Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally

Health 01/19/19, 13:56

Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping's rising popularity among teens nationwide.The Idaho Press reports according to the 2017 Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the Idaho Department of Education, 41 percent of high school students claim ...

US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

U.S. 01/08/19, 10:05

The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.But it's not all good news. Obesity-related cancer ...

2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey

Health 12/31/18, 11:26

A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey.There are about two dozen new laws taking effect ...

Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products

Health 10/10/18, 03:16

Hong Kong's leader says the semi-autonomous Chinese territory plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health.Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Lam has unveiled a major reclamation project called "Lantau ...

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