CDC study details what kind of cigars we smoke

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A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the types of cigars smoked by adults in the U.S. According to a release from the American Lung Association, data from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey found that among adult cigar smokers who provided information about the type of cigar usually […] [Read More]
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Study: Harder to quit smoking menthols

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Menthol flavoring may make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes, especially for African-American women, according to a new study published online by the journal Addiction. In a series of analyses of a large quit-smoking clinical trial, investigators from the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention controlled for variables such as education, type […] [Read More]
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CDC: Teen smoking drops to lowest rate since 1991

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Cigarette smoking rates among high school students have dropped to the lowest levels since 1991, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, the CDC released the 2013 results of the the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the only surveillance system designed to monitor a wide range of priority health risk behaviors among […] [Read More]

Teens’ friends more likely to ‘help’ them start smoking than stop

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It’s a long-held belief that peer pressure can spur teens to indulge in bad behavior — including smoking. Now, a study by a group of sociologists is giving some evidence to back up that conventional wisdom. The study, sponsored by the Eurnice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and published in […] [Read More]
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State unveils plan to fight chronic disease

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Today the Connecticut Department of Public Health released its new chronic disease prevention and health promotion plan, Live Healthy Connecticut. The plan identifies ambitious yet achievable goals in 12 priority areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, tobacco, heart health, cancer, diabetes, and asthma. A comprehensive set of indicators track progress in each of these priority […] [Read More]

The link between smoking and education

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A new Yale study shows that the links between smoking and education in adulthood are in fact explained by characteristics and choices made in adolescence. The study appears in the journal Social Science Research. According to a news release from Yale, the study uses data collected over more than 14 years to link the smoking […] [Read More]
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A container of cigarette butts is among the teaching tools Smoke Stoppers use in their smoking cessation program.

SmokeStoppers at St. Vincent’s

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St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s is pleased to offer the SmokeStoppers Smoking Cessation Program, beginning Wednesday, May 14.  The program involves eight 45-minute sessions designed to provide techniques, information, and support throughout the withdrawal and adjustment phases. All classes are from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main St., Bridgeport.  The registration […] [Read More]
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In this photo illustration a woman smokes an e-cigarette on April 2, 2014 in London, England. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was regulating the items as it would any other tobacco product. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

FDA announces it will regulate e-cigarettes

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products — including electronic cigarettes, commonly know as “e-cigarettes.” The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco. Products that would be subject to the new FDA regulation include not […] [Read More]
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CVS to stop selling cigarettes; region reacts

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FDA launching its first youth tobacco prevention campaign

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The Food & Drug Administration is launching its first campaign aimed at preventing youth smoking. Call “The Real Cost” it targets at-risk youth aged 12 to 17 who are smoking or considering picking up the habit. According to the FDA, about 10 million teens in the country fit this description. The program will use TV, […] [Read More]
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