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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

Quitting smoking after heart attack reduces chest pain, improves quality of life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers who quit after having a heart attack have similar levels of chest pain and mental health as nonsmokers, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Researchers assessed 4,003 adults in two U.S. multi-center heart attack patient registries for […]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

AHA, other leading health groups urge action against U.S. Chamber

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association and four other leading health organizations on Wednesday urged members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors to resign unless the chamber stops fighting anti-tobacco measures around the world.

The move follows a recent investigative series in The New York […]

July 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Smoking and angioplasty: not a good combination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Quitting smoking when you have an angioplasty can help maximize the procedure’s benefits, meaning better quality of life and more relief from your chest pain, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions.

Researchers analyzed chest pain and quality of life […]

May 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After swapping cigarettes for junk food, Minnesota woman’s new habit is being heart-healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shivering outside on her deck to have a cigarette in January 1990, Joyce Hobbs decided she’d had enough.

She was 29, and she’d been smoking since she was 13. It was time to quit.

She dropped the habit cold turkey, a major step in protecting herself […]