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Addiction Science Can Help Us Understand the Bee Crisis

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.02.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Recent research now suggests that bees may be preferentially drawn to pesticide-laced foods as a result of reward mechanisms. It is a fascinating lesson in how knowledge gleaned from addiction science can inform our understanding of a global ecological crisis.

Beware eLiquid Sharks: The Uncertainty of Vaping Is Real

Uncle Louie | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Uncle Louie

Vaping has become big business, but not all business is good business. While some Vapor dealers are sharks and others are large companies, all have one thing in common.

There's An Important Difference Between Smoking And Nicotine Addiction

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) - Since he ditched Marlboro Lights five years ago, Daniel's...

FDA Must Act on Federal Tobacco Rule

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Time has become our enemy when it comes to these tobacco products. With every day that passes, they remain unchecked in the marketplace and grow in popularity among young Americans.

It's About the Kids

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Regulation is needed urgently to prevent a repeat performance by Big Tobacco. Our youth in particular need to be protected, given the disturbing trend of increased teen use of e-cigarettes and the accompanying potential rise in nicotine addiction.

6 Ways Smoking Affects Your Sleep

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.05.2015 | Healthy Living

Sure, the recent news that the number of U.S. adults who smoke has reached an all-time low is music to our ears. But all of our tobacco-related health...

It's Time to Regulate America's Latest Addiction

Ronald A. DePinho, M.D | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ronald A. DePinho, M.D

As a science-based organization, we applaud any and all instances where sound data informs public policy. So let's examine what we do know about e-cigarettes.

The Smoke Culture of China's Yunnan Region

Mimo Khair | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Mimo Khair

The province of Yunnan, stretching over 394,000 square kilometers in the far southwest of the Republic of China, is rich in color, tradition and history. More than 30% of its population of 45 million is made up of over 25 ethnic minorities like the Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Miao, Mozuo and Dai people. Most of the ethnic minorities live in compact communities with rich customs and traditions that live on despite the recent economic change that takes over the Chinese mainland.

E-Cigarettes: One Dead In New York and 'Vape' Is the Word of the Year

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

While smokers-turned-vapers tout e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to cigarettes despite lacking medical data to back that up, there's a demographic being exposed to the liquid nicotine products for no good reason: children.

Top 10 Steps to Quit Smoking

Amanda L. Graham, PhD | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda L. Graham, PhD

Nicotine addiction is a tough battle and often takes multiple quit attempts until you finally quit for good. In observance of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which takes place today, here are the top 10 steps you can take to quit.

My Love Affair With Nicotine Gum

May Wilkerson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
May Wilkerson

I fell for nicotine gum as hard as I had fallen for cigarettes. It became my mouth's constant companion. I loved the instant kick of nicotine as I first bit down, the chewing, the sweetness, the secrecy. My gum is not like your gum. It is special. It is drug-gum.

Believe It or Not, Big Tobacco May Help Make Anti-Addiction Drugs | Posted 08.17.2014 | Science

Much of the research into nicotinic compounds comes from Big Tobacco, the makers and marketers of one of the most addictive substances on the planet and the single most preventable cause of death. Researchers even believe that understanding nicotine may lead one day to an effective "cure" for smoking.

American Youth Are Bombarded By E-Cigarette Ads

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of television advertising for electronic cigarettes that American adolescents saw jumped...

Working in Tobacco but Too Young to Smoke

Emma Daly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Emma Daly

Three-quarters of the children working in tobacco fields we interviewed described symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, also known as Green Tobacco Sickness.

Watch: Big Tobacco Profits From Child Labor in US Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

While US law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can legally work on tobacco farms in the US. The world's largest tobacco companies buy tobacco grown on US farms, but none have child labor policies that sufficiently protect children from hazardous work.

E-Cigarettes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fear

John Branch | Posted 07.08.2014 | New York
John Branch

On April 28, New York City didn't care whether I puffed on an electronic cigarette in a bar or anywhere else; beginning on the 29, it did.

E-Cigarette Tech Leads To Some Unlikely Medical Advances

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | Business

By Toni Clarke May 4 (Reuters) - When Noah Minskoff's mother died of lung cancer in 2007, e-cigarettes were just entering the U.S. mar...

E-cigarettes: Is Liquid Nicotine Safe?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The debate over e-cigarettes has been heating up. Are the smokeless, battery-powered, nicotine-dispensing devices a gateway to smoking for young people or a helpful way for smokers to quit? Public health experts can be found on both sides of the debate.

A New Gay Epidemic -- And What You Can Do to End It

Jimmy LaSalvia | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy LaSalvia

It's important for all of us, no matter who we are, to combat this epidemic within our own families and circles of friends. Understanding these unique pressures and risk factors can help us to urge our gay friends and family who are still smoking to stop.

Do Electronic Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.26.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Jenny Bolario Vape pens, or e-cigarettes, are often billed as a safer way for smokers to get their fix. The user breathes in water vapor infused ...

The Hidden Danger In E-Cigs

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Vials of poison are lurking in nearly every corner bodega. And according to reports, they're hidden beneath the flashy exteriors of e-cigarettes, the ...

Smoking Gun: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco-Cancer Connection

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

As Phillip Morris said in their Virginia Slims ad, attempting to attract female smokers by tapping into the women's liberation movement, "You've come a long way, baby." But the truth is tobacco remains a formidable problem, baby.

Study: Cigarettes More Addictive Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

A recent study suggests that cigarettes may now be more addictive than they've ever been. Researchers from the Massachusetts Department of Public H...

U.S. Colleges and Universities Deserve an 'A' for Going Tobacco-Free

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 01.25.2014 | College
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Our physical environment affects the daily choices we make about life and health. College and university campuses can prevent nicotine addiction among students by implementing tobacco-free campus policies and promoting healthy lifestyle choices

How To Help Someone Quit Smoking, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

What is the best way to support a loved one who is trying to quit smoking? When she joined me on Mondays With Marlo, Chief Medical Editor for NBC News...