Legal consumption of alcohol and tobacco may increase the use of illicit drugs

The use of legal drugs (tobacco and alcohol) may lead to the use of cannabis, a new study led by the University of Bristol and published in the journal Addiction has found. The study also found evidence that cannabis use may lead to smoking initiation, and opioid dependence could lead to increased alcohol consumption. Additionally, there might be shared risk […]

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New report calls for comprehensive smoke-free policies

A new WHO report, Tobacco Control To Improve Child Health And Development, calls for raising awareness among practitioners and policymakers about the importance of strong tobacco control measures for protecting the health and development of children, including banning tobacco advertising, implementing 100% smoke-free environments and raising taxes on tobacco. Exposure to tobacco smoke has devastating impacts throughout childhood and adolescence, […]

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Decision-making between patient and doctor is crucial before lung cancer screening

In a viewpoint perspective published in JAMA on March 9, 2021, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher and two other experts endorsed the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement for a patient and their doctor to engage in a shared discussion of benefits and harms before proceeding with a low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT) […]

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Causes of esophageal cancer

The exact causes of esophageal cancer are unknown. However, some risk factors raise the likelihood of acquiring esophageal cancer. Studies have shown that cigarette smoking and chronic alcohol consumption are the best known risk factors for esophageal cancer. Risk factors for esophageal cancer There are many risk factors for esophageal cancer, these include tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption, age, gastroesophageal reflux […]

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Children exposed to tobacco smoke at home have worse heart function as adults

The more secondhand tobacco smoke children breathe at home while growing up, the higher chance they have of developing markers of decreased heart function as adults, according to preliminary research to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020. “We already know from previous studies that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have structural differences […]

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Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study

The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests. The research, from the University of York, comes at a time when there are concerns that spitting—a behaviour common among those who chew tobacco—is likely to transmit the COVID-19 virus. The researchers—who are […]

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New York raises age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette products to 21

New York state records its first vaping-illness death A 17-year-old boy has been confirmed as New York’s first death connected to vaping. The teen died Oct 4. at The Children’s Hospital at the Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. New Yorkers hoping to purchase tobacco or e-cigarette products in the state must be 21 years of age to do so, […]

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