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Harm Reduction as Smoking Cessation Method

Harm Reduction as a Smoking Cessation Method

Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths a year in the US and affects an estimated 1.2 billion people globally. Yet with all the marketing, statistics, and politics related to smoking, and the negative impact that smoking has, some people continue to smoke. The mentality for some might be related to not having enough willpower, or having tried to quit using methods such as nicotine gums, patches, and lozenges, with little success. Smoking is a very difficult addiction to break, and studies have shown that over 80% of smokers who attempted to quit on their own relapsed within the first month.

Powerful Anti-Smoking Campaign Focuses on Teens

Powerful Anti-Smoking Campaign Focuses on Teens

Targeting teens is nothing new for the tobacco industry. They know the statistics for hooking lifelong smokers. Twelve to 17 year olds are at the highest risk of starting smoking. Marketing to America’s youth has been prevalent since the 1920s. Just because Joe Camel has gone away doesn’t mean these clever marketers have.

The US Food and Drug Administration is fighting back. The FDA has made a commitment through their latest anti-smoking advertising campaign to make an impact on teenage smoking. The new ads are meant to be graphic and powerful to drive the message home. One ad has a young man pulling out his own tooth to pay for cigarettes. Another has a young lady leaving behind a piece of her flesh.

E-Cigarettes: Gateway to Nicotine Addiction for U.S. Teens

E-Cigarettes: Gateway to Nicotine Addiction for U.S. Teens

E-cigarettes, promoted as a way to quit regular cigarettes, may actually be a new route to conventional smoking and nicotine addiction for teenagers, according to a new UC San Francisco study.

In the first analysis of the relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking among adolescents in the United States, UCSF researchers found that adolescents who used the devices were more likely to smoke cigarettes and less likely to quit smoking. The study of nearly 40,000 youth around the country also found that e-cigarette use among middle and high school students doubled between 2011 and 2012, from 3.1 percent to 6.5 percent.

21st Century Cigarette

They’re the Cigarette of the 21st Century, But Are They Good for You?

We’ve all seen themthose small devices that look like a cross between a cigar and a fountain pen that when puffed, deliver a plume of smoke to people’s mouths while at the same time satisfying their nicotine craving. They’re electronic cigarettes and it’s not smoke that’s being inhaled, it’s water vapor. E-cigarette manufacturers tout that their products are much safer than traditional cigarettes and are even a way for smokers to kick the addiction. However, others argue that the e-cigs are not all that they are cracked up to be and are still harmful to a consumer’s health. So what’s the deal with electronic cigarettes? Are they safe or not?

Emergency Medicine Physicians

12 Days of Christmas Seen Through the Eyes of Emergency Medicine Physicians

ER docs offer a dozen tips to keep all days safe and healthy

The joyful song about French hens, turtle doves, and a partridge rings in a cheerful holiday season for all. And for those celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, it’s a wonderful time of the year.

As the celebrations of the season go into full swing, emergency medicine physicians and their teams know to expect all types of medical situations arriving in their emergency rooms.

And, to keep Pennsylvanians from making unnecessary trips to their local emergency rooms on what should be days of joy, physicians share 12 ideas on how you can enjoy a safer holiday season.

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