American Heart Association

Elderly heart attack survivors rarely picked up stop-smoking prescriptions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Elderly smokers who were discharged from the hospital after having a heart attack rarely filled prescriptions for medications that might help them quit smoking. That was despite being counseled about the need to quit during their hospital stay.

According to a preliminary study […]

Smoking a pack or more a day increases diabetes risks among blacks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day increases the risk of diabetes among black people, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers studied nearly 3,000 black participants in the Jackson Heart study, who reported their […]

Tobacco is OUT! A third of all Major League Baseball stadiums to be free of tobacco

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

With the end of this baseball season, so ended the long intertwined history of tobacco and baseball at more than one-third of all Major League stadiums.

The unhealthy coupling started unraveling when it became evident that chewing tobacco resulted in deadly consequences for some players, such […]

Health groups sue FDA for withholding tobacco regulations

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Anti-tobacco groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Food and Drug Administration to force the agency into issuing a final rule for graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleges that the […]

Smoking leaves historical ‘footprint’ in DNA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smoking leaves its “footprint” in your DNA, according to research released Tuesday.

The new findings suggest that DNA methylation — a process by which cells control gene activity — could reveal a person’s smoking history and provide researchers with potential targets for new therapies.

“These results are […]

Smokers more likely to have conditions that lead to heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Smokers without obvious signs of heart disease are more likely to have thickened heart walls and reduced heart pumping ability — conditions that increase risk of heart failure, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study also found that higher rates of cumulative cigarette exposure — […]

Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It is time for parents, pediatricians and policymakers to prevent children from breathing secondhand smoke, says a statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association.

Despite dramatic decreases in smoking rates in recent decades, secondhand smoke exposure is a prevailing health problem, said Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., […]

Majority of Americans favor banning pharmacy tobacco sales

 By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are strongly or somewhat in favor of banning tobacco sales at pharmacies, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Thursday.

The study, released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that of the more than 4,000 respondents, […]

Secondhand marijuana smoke damages blood vessels more than tobacco smoke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage your blood vessels even more than tobacco smoke.

In a new study, arteries in rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute carried blood less efficiently for at least 90 minutes. Similar exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke caused blood vessel […]

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 […]