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Flavored E-Cigarettes May be a Gateway to Traditional Smoking for Teens

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City conducted a study using the data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that 58 percent of of middle and high school students who used flavored e-cigarettes had intentions to start smoking traditional cigarettes. None of them had never smoked before. “Due to a proliferation of e-cigarette flavors on the market, flavored e-cigarette use among youth in the U.S. has increased significantly,” said study author Hongying Dai, an associate professor of Kansas City Children’s Mercy Hospital health services and outcomes. “The majority of youth who have ever used e-cigarettes started with a flavored product.” ... Read More

Rising Use of E-Cigarettes Among Youth is ‘major public health concern’ According to Surgeon General

In a recent report released by the U.S. Surgeon General, the increased popularity of e-cigarette use among kids, teens and young adults is a major public health concern. According to the report, until age 25, the brain is undergoing tremendous development. Addiction to products that contain nicotine like e-cigarettes can harm the rapidly developing brain. The report points out the dangers of vaping, specifying that ultrafine particles inhaled deep into the lungs can be harmful. The report also warns the flavoring agent diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease such as bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as “popcorn lung.” Popcorn lung got its nickname for the ... Read More

Surgeon general report: More serious, deadly diseases linked to tobacco use

Fifty years since the surgeon general warned that cigarette smoking could have deadly health consequences, resulting in a decades-long effort to place tighter restrictions on the sale and use of tobacco products, more health problems have been linked to tobacco use. Smoking can cause liver cancer, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes, age-related macular degeneration, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis, according to a report by Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak. Smoking can also worsen asthma, cause cleft lips and palates in developing fetuses, and cause strokes in non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke, the report states. And, due to changes in ... Read More

Government to study physical and psychological harm of BP oil spill

Working with teams of doctors, scientists, and public health experts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently planning and developing a large-scale study of the short-term and long-term physical and psychological tolls the BP oil spill has had upon the cleanup workers and the larger population of the Gulf Coast. The federal agency expects the study to encompass several thousands of people in the five states adversely affected by the massive oil spill: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For weeks, scientists and government agencies have struggled to predict what potential health consequences the oil spill in ... Read More

Surgeon General returns home to Alabama to talk with oil spill victims

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin returned home to the Gulf Coast, where physical and psychological illnesses triggered by BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been on the rise. Benjamin, a native of the Mobile area, ran a clinic that provides free and low-cost medical care to poor residents of Bayou La Batre before President Obama appointed her as Surgeon General. Although Bayou La Batre has been repeatedly battered by hurricanes, Benjamin acknowledged that the residents of the town and the wider Gulf Coast face a new and even more formidable challenge – one that is causing great ... Read More