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In February 2015 Posted

Decline in Smoking Rates Could Increase Deaths from Lung Cancer

February 27, 2015   More people may die from undiagnosed lung cancer because they don’t qualify for low-dose CT scans, according to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers. The researchers blame current screening guidelines that have remained the same despite the decline in smoking rates in the U.S.  “Our data raise questions about the current recommendations,” […]
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Tobacco Companies to Settle Smoking Lawsuits for $100 Million

February 27, 2015   Three major U.S. tobacco companies including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, and Altria’s Philip Morris USA will pay $100 million to settle hundreds of federal lawsuits over smoking, according to an announcement from plaintiffs’ lawyers on Wednesday.  The agreement will cover more than 400 lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida by smokers […]
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Cigarette Maker Reynolds Partnering with Consultancy to Develop Anti-smoking Products

February 23, 2015   Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is partnering with a pharmaceutical consultancy to develop products that help people stop smoking.  The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company’s agreement with Maryland-based Pinney Associates comes as tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma cut into demand for cigarettes and more smokers try to quit. For […]
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Mobile devices may help better diagnose patients with chronic health issues

February 23, 2015   Smartphones and tablets may hold the key to getting more nurses to diagnose patients with chronic health issues like obesity, smoking, and depression — three of the leading causes of preventable death and disability. Mobile devices loaded with a custom app that prompts clinicians to follow evidence-based guidelines to make treatment decisions […]
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Menthol Worsens Smoking Addiction, Increases Nicotine Exposure, Study Finds

February 20, 2015   Though menthol cigarettes are assumed to be lighter, they increase nicotine exposure and worsen smoking addictions, a new study finds. The study was conducted by researchers from Duke University and the University of Connecticut.  “Menthol may increase the numbers of smokers — they get addicted quicker and have a harder time quitting. […]
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If smokers die of lung cancer – did they earn it? David Carr and the lung cancer stigma

February 20, 2015   When David Carr, The New York Times’ media columnist, died last week, the reaction veered toward profound sadness and a celebration of his many contributions. The tributes came swiftly and in great numbers.  But the reaction was notably different two days later to the news that an autopsy found Carr, a longtime […]
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FDA Panel to Review Application for ‘Modified Risk’ Tobacco

February 18, 2015   A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match’s request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has scheduled a two-day meeting beginning April 9 to discuss the request that the agency approve the snus (pronounced […]
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