American Heart Association

Higher BMI increases diabetes risk but not heart attacks, twin study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being overweight is less likely to cause a heart attack or kill you than it is to increase your risk of diabetes, according to a new study of identical twins.

Researchers used a nationwide Swedish twin registry to find twin pairs with identical DNA but different […]

CDC: 1 in 4 U.S. adults use tobacco

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Despite decades of declining cigarette use, one in four U.S. adults still use a tobacco product at least occasionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Cigarettes remain the most popular overall, but hookah and e-cigarette use was most common among 18- to 24-year-olds. It […]

FDA rules may be adding law and order to e-cigarettes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Until recently, the sale of e-cigarettes was like the Wild West, with almost no regulations for what ingredients they contained or how old you had to be to buy them.

But new rules from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are adding some semblance of law […]

CDC: One in four teens are vaping

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fewer American teenagers are smoking traditional cigarettes and instead are vaping, a new government survey shows.

While only one in 10 U.S. high school students smoke cigarettes, nearly one in four use electronic vaping products such as e-cigarettes and vape pipes, according to the Centers for […]

CDC: Youth tobacco use remains stagnant

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Although cigarette, cigar and smokeless tobacco use among middle and high school students has fallen during the past five years, such progress has been canceled out by rising e-cigarette use – currently at an all-time high among kids, according to new data from the Centers […]

April 14th, 2016|Categories: Children, Tobacco|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Push to raise age for tobacco sales gains momentum

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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It’s an issue lighting up legislative bodies across the country this year: Raising the minimum age to sell tobacco products.

Legislation to increase the purchase age to 21 has been introduced in more than a dozen states and in Congress since the […]

CDC: 1 in 12 pregnant women smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

About 8 percent of pregnant women in the U.S. smoke, according to new data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Using birth certificate data from 2014, the researchers also found that one in 10 women smoked in the three months before getting […]

February 10th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Children, Clean Air, Healthy Living, Women|Tags: , |0 Comments

The search for how smoking leaves its genetic mark

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Editor’s Note: This is the seventh in a series of stories explaining how the scientific research underway in the Cardiovascular Genome-Phenome Study can save and improve lives.

Smoking wreaks havoc on almost every organ in the body. It’s a well-known risk factor for heart disease and […]

December 17th, 2015|Categories: Heart Disease, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CDC: Smoking still problematic in some populations

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Smoking is still prevalent in some populations, although the percentage of U.S. adults overall who smoke has been dropping. It went from 20.9 percent in 2004 to about 17 percent by the end of 2014.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released […]

CVS says its halt in cigarette sales reduced sales at other retailers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A year after CVS Health Corp. stopped selling cigarettes at its drugstores, cigarette sales dropped across all retailers in 13 states, according to new data.

The study, conducted by CVS’ Health Research Institute, evaluated cigarette pack purchases at drug, food, mass merchandise, dollar, convenience and gas […]

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments