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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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Connectict gets poor grades on tobacco control

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American Lung Association released its State of Tobacco Control 2014 report today, and it carries a bit of bad news for Connecticut. According to the annual report, in 2013, Connecticut cut funding for its tobacco control program and by close to 50 percent from the previous year. Additionally, the state’s efforts to help smokers quit […] [Read More]
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New report: 5.6 million children could die from smoking

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About 5.6 million American children alive today — including 56,000 in Connecticut — will die prematurely from smoking-related diseases unless current smoking rates drop, according the new U.S. Surgeon General’s report, released Friday. Last Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s original report on smoking and health, which helped dramatically reshape the culture […] [Read More]
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