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Nicotine poisoning surges in Alabama as many turn to vaping

The Alabama Poison Control Center is seeing a surge of nicotine poisoning cases stemming from the escalating popularity of vaping , which many smokers have turned to in recent years as a reportedly safer alternative to conventional cigarettes. Most of the Alabamians being poisoned from vaping products aren’t actually those who themselves vape, but children who are exposed to the nicotine-laden e-juice that goes into the devices. Liquid nicotine products are available in a range of sweet, candy-like flavors and the packaging is sometimes alluring to children. The Alabama Poison Control Center told WAFF Huntsville that it saw a total of 23 nicotine ... Read More

Exposure to thirdhand smoke an ‘under-appreciated health risk’

The ill effects of cigarettes have been shown to affect not only smokers but also those exposed to the smoke second hand. New research shows that thirdhand smoke – the invisible remnants of tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces and dust particles – could also be putting several billion people at an “under-appreciated health risk.” Even the most courteous of smokers can be leaving behind tobacco residue that can be dangerous, say researchers from the University of California-Riverside. They reference previous studies that show children living with adults who smoke are absent from school 40 percent more days than children ... Read More

CVS will discontinue its sale of all tobacco products by October of 2014

CVS, a huge American drug retailing company with its own U.S. pharmacy chain, has taken a strong stance today by announcing its termination of the sale of all tobacco products in its approximately 7,600 stores. By October of this year, the business will have all stores discontinue sales of tobacco products in order to further its goal of helping people stay healthy. Despite forgoing nearly $2 billion of its annual revenue, CVS Chief Executive Larry Merlo said in a recent statement, “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” Both consumers and investors have made positive ... Read More

Big tobacco companies to apologize for lying about health risks with cigarette use

Fifty years after the surgeon general’s first report detailing the public-health consequences of smoking, the nation’s biggest tobacco companies are ready to apologize. Phillip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, and Altria have all agreed to run full-page advertisements in the Sunday editions of the country’s 35 largest newspapers as well as place ads on those papers’ online editions; schedule prime-time television commercials to run for a year on major networks; and post statements on their own websites and cigarette packages. The tobacco companies have been fighting the federal government for 15 years about allegations they lied to the public about ... Read More

FDA launches new safety reporting system for tobacco products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to know if the tobacco product you are using is defective or causing an unexpected health problem and has launched a new online tool where these issues can be reported. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Safety Reporting Portal has been revised to add a new category for tobacco products that can be used by both health care professionals and consumers. The portal provides a standardized way issues can be reported in the event of an unexpected health or safety issue with a specific tobacco product, for example if a cigarette smells ... Read More

Supreme court may decide if graphic images will be placed on cigarette packs

Warning the public about the dangers of cigarettes has been an uphill battle for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency established new guidelines ordering cigarette makers to place large, graphic images on packages of and advertisements for cigarettes in hopes of encouraging smokers to quit and nonsmokers to not pick up the habit. The new rule was to go into effect Oct. 12, but tobacco companies claimed the measure would violate free speech. In March, an appeals court in Cincinnati upheld the FDA’s requirements, a move that was derailed when a federal judge formally blocked the measure until ... Read More

Graphic anti-smoking ad campaign seems to be working

More than twice the number of people called an anti-smoking hotline last week after a series of graphic ads depicting horrifying consequences of cigarette use hit billboards, newspapers, magazines, radios and televisions across the country. The ads are part of the first public service campaign the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ever undertaken to fight smoking. The new public service campaign will cost about $54 million in its first year – about what the tobacco industry pays in one day to promote its products. The ads show people who have suffered larynegectomies, limb loss, paralysis and cancer ... Read More

CDC to launch graphic anti-smoking campaign

Just a week after a federal judge formally blocked new rules by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requiring tobacco firms to put graphic images on packages of cigarettes, the federal government announced that it is launching its own campaign warning the public about the dangers of smoking. Some states have paid for anti-smoking advertisements, but this is the first time the federal government has bankrolled a public service campaign focused on driving down the number of Americans who smoke. The FDA tried to tackle the nation’s tobacco addiction and prevent teenagers from picking up the habit by establishing strict ... Read More

Judge’s ruling delays graphic warnings on cigarette packs, ads

Gruesome warnings on cigarette packages and advertisements designed to encourage smokers to quit and adolescents not to start in the first place will take longer to come to fruition thanks to a judge who blocked the new federal requirement. The new warnings were to go into effect beginning Oct. 12, 2012, but the ruling will likely delay that plan by years. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ordered the delay until after a lawsuit filed by the tobacco industry has been resolved. That lawsuit was filed in August after the graphic images were approved. Leon found the nine graphic images went ... Read More

14 ways to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) kills about 2,500 babies in the United States each year. It can happen to seemingly healthy babies, leaving few, if any, clues as to why. But experts have found that taking a few precautions can greatly reduce the risk of babies dying. Get early and adequate medical care. Women should get prenatal care within the first three months of becoming pregnant, and regular checkups throughout the pregnancy. This can reduce the risk for premature birth, which is a risk factor for SIDS. Grow up. SIDS is more common among infants born to teenaged mothers. Pacify ... Read More