New Report Finds That Using E-Cigarettes May Lead Youth to Start Smoking, Adults to Stop Smoking

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A new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine takes a comprehensive look at evidence on the human health effects of e-cigarettes. Although the research base is limited given the relatively short time e-cigarettes have been used, the committee that conducted the study identified and examined over 800 peer-reviewed scientific studies, reaching dozens of conclusions about a range of health impacts. Evidence suggests that while e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes, the report says. They contain fewer numbers and lower levels of toxic substances than conventional cigarettes, and using e-cigarettes may help adults who smoke conventional cigarettes quit smoking. However, their long-term health effects are not yet clear. Among youth -- who use e-cigarettes at higher rates than adults do -- there is substantial evidence that e-cigarette use increases the risk of transitioning to...
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SAVE THE DATE: Join us December 14 for a Twitter Chat about Women and Alcohol

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Why are drinking guidelines different for women than men? How do the health effects of heavy drinking differ? Where can women turn for help if they have an alcohol problem? The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are partnering for a Twitter Chat on women and alcohol. Bring your questions for NCADD and NIAAA experts as we discuss what women need to know about alcohol and their health. Date : Thursday, December, 14, 1:00-2:00 pm ET Hashtag : #FAQWomenDrinking NCADD Expert : Julie Dostal, PhD, Executive Director, LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Oneonta, NY and NCADD Board Member NIAAA Expert : Deidra Roach, MD, NIAAA Medical Project Officer
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Health Effects of New “Heat-Not-Burn” Cigarettes Still Unknown

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The health effects of new products known as “heat-not-burn” cigarettes are still unknown, researchers caution in a new study. The devices mix the electronics behind e-cigarettes with the tobacco-burning properties of regular cigarettes, according to HealthDay . The devices warm up tobacco to about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, producing an inhalable aerosol. Heat-not-burn cigarettes are not approved for sale in the United States. An application for approval was filed with the Food and Drug Administration late last year. Researchers looked at Google searches about the devices in Japan, where they are available. They found that searches about the devices surged by more than 1,400 percent in 2015, when they were first released in Japan. Searches increased almost 3,000 percent between 2015 and 2017. There are as many as 7.5 million Google searches a month about heat-not-burn devices in Japan, the researchers report in PLOS One. “We don’t know enough about the...
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Use of 'Synthetic Marijuana' Could Harm Health

Use of 'Synthetic Marijuana' Could Harm Health
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCBs) are a type of psychotropic chemical increasingly marketed as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. Unfortunately, misleadingly marketed as a legal and safe alternative to marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids have a variety of adverse health effects. An article in Medical News Today noted that a new review summarizes the clinical cases that have so far been linked to the use of the synthetic substances. The review, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) warns against the dangerous side effects of the compounds popularly (and misleadingly) referred to as "synthetic marijuana." Referring to the SCBs currently sold as "K2" and "Spice," Paul L. Prather, a cellular and molecular pharmacologist at UAMS and corresponding author of the review, explains the motivation behind it: The report, therefore, set out to give an overview of the existing literature on SCBs, and to show that not only are they different...
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Drinking Among Young Adults Could Have Lasting Health Effects

Drinking Among Young Adults Could Have Lasting Health Effects
Young adults with symptoms of alcohol dependence may see health effects late in life - even decades after conquering their problem drinking, according to a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. A recent article in Medical News Today noted that researchers found that, of 664 U.S. male veterans, those who had symptoms of alcohol dependence for at least five years in young adulthood generally had poorer physical and mental health by the time they were in their 60s. And that was true even if they'd gotten control over their drinking problems by the age of 30. The new findings suggest that years of alcohol dependence during young adulthood result in silent but "permanent" injuries that, in later life, appear to result in serious health problems, according to Haber.
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