American Heart Association

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 […]

Americans in condos, apartments more likely to use tobacco

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Americans living in multiunit housing are more likely to use tobacco products than those living in single-family dwellings, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC investigators analyzed National Adult Tobacco Use Survey responses from 66,363 participants interviewed between 2013 and […]

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 […]

FDA issues regulations for e-cigarettes, other tobacco products

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday released new rules that extend its regulatory authority to electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco.

More than two years in the making, the new requirements prohibit the sale of these newly regulated tobacco products to Americans […]

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 […]