September 17, 2018

A substance-abuse expert discusses why vaping is safer than smoking but still dangerous for teens.

A boy watches TV.
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Parents of adolescents understand how accessible media content is to their children, but a new study illustrates how often illicit or unhealthy themes may be appearing on their TV, computer and phone screens.

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Smoking can be a challenging habit to quit. The pandemic hasn’t made it easier.

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July 29, 2019

"We were seeing a real drop-off in youth smoking, but now we're seeing an increase," says Dr.

September 16, 2018

Teens are taking to vaping in epidemic proportions to breathe in nicotine vapors, says the Federal Drug Administration.

The young man's teeth were blown out when his electronic cigarette exploded. His injuries were so severe that he was admitted to the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview -- one of 15 such cases between October 2015 and June 2016. 

Smoking increases an individual’s risk of developing tuberculosis, or TB. Smoking also makes the infection worse, because it causes vital immune cells to become clogged up.

In a small-scale study, smokers whose lung screenings suggested signs of cancer nonetheless believed that they could safely continue to smoke, reasoning that future screenings would enable them to catch cancer before it became life-threatening.

The world is getting fatter, and – despite progress in many countries – more people than ever are smoking. Marie Ng of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation led efforts to gather the evidence for these findings. 

Once a symbol of high society, cigarettes are today more prevalent among poorer U.S. populations, particularly in impoverished counties of the South.


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