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Push to raise age for tobacco sales gains momentum


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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 […]

The search for how smoking leaves its genetic mark


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

Tobacco marketing outpacing prevention, cessation spending


The money that the tobacco industry spends on marketing far outpaces the money that states spend on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, according to a new report released Tuesday.

“Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 17 Years Later” reported […]

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


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

FDA issues warnings to ‘natural’ tobacco makers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters Thursday to tobacco makers ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc. and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. for labels claiming their cigarettes are “additive-free” or “natural.”

The manufacturers must receive FDA approval to legally sell […]

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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


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

States expand Medicaid coverage for smoking cessation

Smokers trying to kick the habit in Georgia got a boost last November when their state became the latest to give Medicaid recipients access to tobacco cessation counseling and medications at little or no cost.

Nineteen states now cover both face-to-face counseling and all treatments approved by the U.S. Food […]

January 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke

Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In the study, blood vessel function in lab rats dropped 70 percent after 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand marijuana […]

While FDA considers e-cigarette regulation, states and cities continue to act

While the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate the sales, marketing and product quality of e-cigarettes, states and cities are moving forward with their own regulations to restrict e-cigarette exposure.

While the FDA already regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco, relatively new e-cigarettes are still under […]

AHA e-cigarette policy emphasizes caution when using devices to quit smoking

Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution.

AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy statement on e-cigarettes drew widespread media […]