Smoking/Tobacco

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.

CVS Stores Quit Selling Cigarettes

CVS pharmacies have taken all tobacco products, including cigarettes, off the shelves as of today and will no longer sell them. It’s the first nationwide pharmacy chain to take this step, which is being praised by health organizations including the American Cancer Society.

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).

Healthy Habits for the Men in Your Life

As Father's Day approaches, help the men in your life stay healthy by encouraging them to adopt healthy habits. Eating better, exercising more, and getting recommended screenings are all part of the equation.

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.

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 whitehouse.gov 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.

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.

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.

Everyday Steps to Help Lower Your Cancer Risk

Every April the American Cancer Society and other organizations work together to raise awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, celebrated this year April 17-23.

CDC: No Change in Adult Smoking Rates

The percentage of US adults who smoke has remained essentially unchanged since 2005, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicare Expands Coverage for Smoking Cessation

More smokers on Medicare can now get help kicking the habit, the agency has announced.

Tobacco Bill Anniversary Brings Tougher Restrictions on Big Tobacco

On the first year anniversary of the signing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, new restrictions on the marketing and sale of tobacco will go into effect.

FDA Announces New Rules to Curb Youth Smoking

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new rules making it harder for tobacco companies to target children and young teens.

Long-Term Smoking Increases Colorectal Cancer Risk, Study Shows

Long-term cigarette smoking is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, even after accounting for known risk factors such as race, body mass index, and a family history of the disease, according to a new study by American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers published today in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

CDC: U.S. Smoking Rates Steady, But Smoke-free Laws Effective

Smoking rates in the U.S. have stayed about the same for the last 5 years, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Candy- and Fruit-Flavored Cigarettes Banned

Candy- and fruit-flavored cigarettes are now illegal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week.

E-Cigarettes Contain Toxins, FDA Analysis Shows

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, according to a new analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tobacco Regulation Bill Becomes Law

President Barack Obama has signed into law a sweeping tobacco bill that will drastically change how tobacco is regulated and marketed in the United States.

President Expected to Sign Tobacco Bill

President Barack Obama says he will sign a sweeping tobacco bill that will drastically change how tobacco is regulated and marketed in the United States.

How to Control Your Cancer Risk

While recent research has shown that racial disparity in cancer death rates is decreasing, minority groups continue to bear a greater cancer burden than whites. However, there are things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.

Don't Lose Your Resolve to Live Healthier

Sticking to those New Year's resolutions can be tough, especially if you've put major lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, getting more exercise, or eating better on your list.

Smoking Compromises Quality-of-Life in Old Age

Smoking doesn't just shorten your lifespan, new research indicates. It makes the years you do have less enjoyable.

Smoking-related Cancers May Account for Narrowing Gap in Death Rates

Racial disparities in cancer death rates from lung and other smoking-related cancers have narrowed since the early 1990s, while the gap has widened for some cancers whose death rates are more closely tied to screening and treatment, according to a new study published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention (CEBP).

House Votes to Grant FDA Control of Tobacco Regulation

This week the US House of Representatives voted 326 to 102 to pass the Family Smoking Prevention Tobacco Control Act, which would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) power to regulate tobacco products.

Your Social Network Often Determines Your Smoking Status

Whether a person quits smoking depends in large part on whether his spouse or friends kick the habit, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study Better Defines Risks of Smoking, Benefits of Quitting for Women

Women who quit smoking see significant health benefits within 5 years of their last cigarette, but it can take up to 20 years or more for their risk of death to drop to the level of those who never smoked, according to a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Researchers Identify Genetic Predictor of Lung Cancer Risk

Smoking is by far the number one risk factor for lung cancer, but why do some pack-a-day smokers get the disease while others don't?

Study Examines Lifestyle Factors and Ovarian Cancer

Are smokers and coffee drinkers at a greater risk for ovarian cancer?

New Ex-Smoker? Try These Tips to Stay Quit Over the Holidays

Don't Let Stress Send You Back to the Pack

CDC Report: Smoking Rate Steady for Two-Years Running

The number of adult smokers in the United States has remained constant since 2004, according to a report published this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Surgeon General: No Safe Level for Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is dangerous in any amount, and the only way to protect people from that danger is to eliminate indoor smoking.