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.
World No Tobacco Day
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) to highlight the risks of tobacco use and advocate for policies to reduce smoking.
Minority Cancer Awareness: Everyday Steps to Help Lower Your Risk
The American Cancer Society and other groups are raising awareness about cancer among minorities in honor of National Minority Health Month and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.
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.
Study Shows Quit-Smoking Text Messages Work
A British research study shows that automated text messages are effective in helping some smokers quit.
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.
Report: Stronger Anti-Smoking Laws Could Save Millions of Lives and Billions of Dollars
Two reports from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network quantify lives and dollars saved if every state had smoke-free laws and cigarette tax hikes.
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.