Apr 25, 2015

Smokers' haven China amends law to heavily curb tobacco ads

China’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed legislation that heavily restricts tobacco advertising in public, strengthening efforts to curb smoking in a country where more than a billion people are smokers or exposed to second-hand smoke. A revised Advertisement Law approved on Friday by the Standing ...

Jan 30, 2015

Vouchers and cyberfriends: new keys to good health?

Have doctors, therapy and pills had their day in helping to wean people off addiction? Shopping vouchers and online social networks may be powerful, modern tools to help people quit smoking and lose weight, two unusual experiments suggested Wednesday. Pregnant women promised vouchers were ...

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

Jan 24, 2015

Smoke signals: Can Tokyo ever go smoke-free?

by Masami Ito

Japan has long held a reputation of being something of a paradise for smokers. Tobacco is, at least by Western standards, relatively cheap and people can still light up in many of the country’s restaurants and bars. In fact, before the turn of the ...

Dec 18, 2014

Survey finds teens trending toward e-cigarettes

More U.S. teens are trying out e-cigarettes than the real thing, according to the government’s annual drug use survey. Researchers were surprised at how many 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders reported using electronic cigarettes this year, even as regular smoking by teens dropped to new ...

E-cigarettes could prime brain for harder drugs

Dec 6, 2014

E-cigarettes could prime brain for harder drugs

by Gene Emeryt

Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes may function as a “gateway drug” that can prime the brain to be more receptive to harder drugs, U.S. researchers recently announced. The findings add to the debate about the risks and benefits of electronic cigarettes, the increasingly popular ...