It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

About half of all Americans who smoke and don’t quit will die because of smoking. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to quit, and the sooner the better. But quitting is rewarding no matter how old you are.

Want to quit smoking? There’s an app for that.

Research shows that getting help increases your chances of quitting smoking. And some of the most effective support comes from messages delivered over cell phones.

How to Quit Smoking

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. People have used many different methods to quit. Here is what the research tells us about how well they work:

Study: Smoking Causes Almost Half of Deaths from 12 Cancer Types

Almost half the deaths (48.5%) from 12 different types of cancer combined are attributable to cigarette smoking, according to a study by researchers from the American Cancer Society and colleagues.

World No Tobacco Day

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, an annual awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1987 to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and encourage governments to adopt effective policies to reduce smoking and other tobacco use.

E-Cigarette Use Triples Among Middle and High School Students

E-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Tobacco Products.

ACS Report: More Work Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk in the U.S.

A new report from the American Cancer Society says much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by a more coordinated effort to change individual health behaviors.

Celebrating 25 Years of No Smoking in Airplanes

Take a deep breath and imagine (or if you’re old enough – remember) what the air quality would be like in an airplane when everyone in the back was smoking. It was just 25 years ago that legislation was passed banning smoking on all domestic flights in the US.

6 Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

Cancer is often unpredictable, but there are things everyone can do to help reduce their cancer risk or improve their chances of beating the disease if they do get it.

Cheers for a Healthier Year

Here’s to you! Resolve to have a healthier 2015 and possibly even a longer life by making health-related New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them.

Cigarette Smoking Drops, Yet Remains a Significant Cause of Cancer Deaths

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that cigarette smoking among adults in the US has dropped from 20.9% in 2005 to 17.8% in 2013. It’s a decrease from 45.1 million smokers in 2005 to 42.1 million in 2013, despite the increasing population in the US.

CDC: Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Death From Top 5 Causes

Lifestyle changes like avoiding tobacco, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier could significantly reduce deaths in the United States, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

FDA Proposes New Regulations for E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing new regulations for electronic cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products including pipes, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco, and dissolvables.

E-Cigarette Use Linked to Conventional Cigarette Smoking Among Adolescents

Researchers from University of California San Francisco have found that middle and high school students who’ve tried both electronic cigarettes and conventional cigarettes are more likely to become regular smokers of conventional cigarettes.

FDA and CDC Launch Anti-Tobacco Advertising Campaigns

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are launching new campaigns that feature hard-hitting television ads about the consequences of smoking. See them here.

CVS Pharmacies to Stop Selling Cigarettes

CVS Caremark, the parent company of CVS pharmacies, has announced it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its approximately 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014.

Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health: 50 Years of Progress

Today it’s an accepted truth that smoking causes lung cancer and other diseases, but this wasn’t always the case.

Rates Drop for New Lung Cancer Cases in the US

Anti-tobacco efforts have led to a decrease in the rate of new lung cancer cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Study: 50 Years of Anti-Smoking Efforts Have Saved 8 Million Lives

Researchers from Yale University and colleagues estimate that 8 million deaths have been avoided since the first US Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health in 1964.

Making and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Some of the most common New Year's resolutions – to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking – are healthy habits that can help you lower your cancer risk and benefit you for the rest of your life.

Quit with the Great American Smokeout

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout.

E-Cigarettes, Hookahs Gain Popularity Among US Youth

Middle and high school students in the United States are using more non-conventional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and hookahs. At the same time they are not significantly decreasing their use of cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Convention (CDC).

Flavored Tobacco Products Appeal to Youth

More than 40% of middle and high school students who smoke use either flavored cigarettes or flavored little cigars, according to a report by the CDC published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Study Compares E-Cigarettes to Quit-Smoking Aids

A new study is likely to influence the discussion surrounding electronic cigarettes and whether they can be effectively used as a quit-smoking aid.

Electronic Cigarette Use Doubles Among Teenagers

The percentage of US middle and high school students who tried electronic cigarettes more than doubled from 2011 to 2012 according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

US Task Force Makes Recommendations for Lung Cancer Screening

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft statement recommending that certain people at high risk for lung cancer get a low-dose CT scan every year. The task force is an independent panel of experts authorized by Congress to make recommendations about specific preventive services for patients with no signs or symptoms of disease.

FDA Investigates Menthol in Cigarettes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is gathering evidence to decide whether it should regulate menthol in cigarettes.

Risk of Lung Cancer Death Increased During Last 50 Years for Women Smokers

Researchers have found that changes in women’s smoking habits during the last decades have increased their risk of dying from lung cancer and COPD when compared to past female smokers.

CDC: Adult Smoking Rates Remain Steady

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the number of adult smokers in the United States has barely changed.

The Truth About Kids and Smoking

Every day, more than 3,800 children in the US smoke their first cigarette, according to the Surgeon General, putting themselves at risk for nicotine addiction and diseases including lung cancer.

Tobacco Atlas: Tobacco Kills 6 Million in 1 Year

In 2011, tobacco use killed almost 6 million people worldwide. Tobacco-related deaths have nearly tripled around the world in the past decade.

New CDC Ads Show Harsh Consequences of Smoking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today began running a series of ads that tell the stories of former smokers living with smoking-related diseases.

Surgeon General’s Report Calls Youth Smoking an ‘Epidemic’

Every day, more than 3,800 children in the United States smoke their first cigarette, according to a new report from the US Surgeon General, putting themselves at risk for addiction and diseases.

Some Smokers Diagnosed with Cancer Don’t Quit

For many smokers, a cancer diagnosis motivates them to quit. But researchers report that a “substantial minority” of lung and colon cancer patients are still smoking 5 months after their diagnosis.

President Obama Marks the Great American Smokeout

President Obama has posted a video on congratulating the American Cancer Society and everyone participating in the Great American Smokeout.

CDC: Adult Smoking Rates Drop a Little

The number of adult smokers in the U.S. declined slightly between 2005 and 2010, and those who do smoke are smoking fewer cigarettes, according to the CDC.

FDA to Require New, Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration has made public new warning labels that it will require on all cigarette packs and advertisements beginning in September 2012.

Smokers Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer May Have Higher Death Risk

A just-released study about smoking and prostate cancer gives men one more reason to quit.