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In August 2015 Posted

Mark Ballas and Mother Shirley Ballas Team Up to Encourage Smokers to Quit During SELFtember™

August 27, 2015   Many view September as a time of change and renewed focus, from new back-to-school routines to the changing season. As we all begin this transition, one of the most important changes to consider is your health, especially if you’re a smoker. Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are turning September […]
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Quitting Smoking After Heart Attack Reduces Chest Pain, Improves Quality of Life

August 26, 2015   Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as non-smokers, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Researchers assessed 4,003 adults in two U.S. multi-center heart attack patient registries for smoking, chest pain and health-related quality of […]
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Should Airports Snuff Out Smoking Rooms?

August 26, 2015   Today’s travelers can shop, snack, dine and order fancy cocktails in most every U.S. airport. In many airports, manicures, music concerts, kids’ play areas and lottery ticket sales are offered. And in some major U.S. airports there are special indoor spaces for smokers to light up. But if non-smokers’ rights advocates and the country’s top public […]
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“Tobacco Goes to College” Shows Battle for Youth Market Began Early

August 25, 2015   While the character Don Draper in the television show Mad Men looked for a way to first save his cigarette advertising accounts, and then to distance himself from them, a new book—“Tobacco Goes to College”—shows the power of advertising impacted would-be-smokers long before the Mad Men era. “Tobacco’s influence affected students on […]
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Truth Anti-Smoking Campaign Expands Brand to Reach Social Teens

August 25, 2015   Big Tobacco can’t handle Truth, the anti-smoking campaign that has created eye-grabbing PSAs featuring shocking images such as body bags stacked outside a tobacco company’s headquarters or a cowboy singing for passersby with an electrolarynx-assisted voice. Truth is also part of the reason that teen smoking has dropped from 23% 15 years ago to 8% […]
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Mixed Smoke Signals on E-cigarettes

August 24, 2015   Two major new studies send seemingly conflicting messages about whether e-cigarettes help people quit smoking or are a path right back to the habit. A U.K. review of multiple studies concluded that e-cigs, which provide controlled doses of nicotine without the majority of harmful substances found in combustible cigarettes, are a drastically less harmful alternative to […]
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Big Tobacco Accused of Using FOI to Access Data on Kids’ Smoking Habits

August 21, 2015   British American Tobacco is under fire for trying to gain access to survey data on children’s habits. The survey data, collected over 30 years, included 12- to 17-year-old children’s age, gender, location, habits, access to money and preferred brands, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The data was always collected with parents’ […]
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E-Cigs May Spur Teens to Try Smoking: Study

August 19, 2015   Concerns that e-cigarettes are a stepping stone to smoking for teens appear to have merit, new research suggests. Los Angeles-area teenagers who had never smoked before were three to four times more likely to try cigarettes or other tobacco products after they’d experimented with an e-cigarette, according to the findings published in the […]
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A Tobacco Tax to Save Lives

August 19, 2015   A smokeless tobacco product called snus, which a user puts between his gums and his upper lip, has a long history in Sweden. At the start of the last century, it was the most common way Swedes ingested nicotine. By the early 1950s, however, sales of snus had been overtaken by cigarettes, […]
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