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Advertising to Children ECigarettes
May 11, 2022

How Tobacco, E-Cigarette Companies Are Reaching Children with Advertisements

Tobacco ads on television have been banned since 1971. Advertisements on billboards paid brand product placement, cartoons, tobacco brand sponsorships of sporting events and concerts, and advertising and marketing practices targeting individuals under 18 have been illegal since 1998. Yet, kids keep seeing tobacco and e-cigarette ads anyway. In 2020, 79 percent of teenagers reported exposure to tobacco…

Advertising to Children ECigarettes
COPD Pesticides
April 28, 2022

Greater On-the-job Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Higher COPD Risk

Being exposed to pesticides at work increases the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a large U.K.-based study has found. This was true regardless of whether people smoked or had asthma; smoking and asthma are both known risk factors for COPD. “Focused preventive strategies for workers exposed to pesticides can prevent the associated COPD burden,”…

COPD Pesticides
Smoking Cessation Heart Attack
April 12, 2022

Smoking Cessation Adds 5 Healthy Years to Life After Heart Attack

Quit smoking after a heart attack or bypass surgery, or go on 3 different medications? You may see the same longevity benefits if you just quit, scientists say. Smokers who give up cigarettes after a heart attack, bypass surgery, or procedures to unclog blocked arteries may add almost five healthy years to their lives, a…

Smoking Cessation Heart Attack
BPA Free Asthma
March 30, 2022

BPA Exposure in The Womb May Increase Risk For Asthma, Wheezing in Girls

In utero exposure to bisphenol A appeared associated with greater odds of asthma and wheeze among school-age girls, according to a study published in Environment International. However, exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) did not appear associated with overall lung function, nor did it appear to impact asthma and wheeze in boys. “Bisphenols are produced in large quantities worldwide…

BPA Free Asthma
FDA Approves Symbicort
March 17, 2022

FDA Approves First Generic of Symbicort to Treat Asthma and COPD

Agency Supports Development of Complex Generic Drug-Device Combination Product to Improve Competition and Access to More Affordable Medicine This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic of Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate) Inhalation Aerosol for the treatment of two common pulmonary health conditions: asthma in patients six years of age…

FDA Approves Symbicort
Quit Smoking Versus Vaping
March 01, 2022

Vaping May Be Worse Than Smoking for Your Nose and Throat

E-cigarette and hookah waterpipe users may be at greater risk than tobacco cigarette smokers for cancers of the nose, sinuses, and throat, according to a new study. That’s because vapers and hookah users are more than twice as likely to exhale smoke through their nose as cigarette smokers, who typically exhale smoke through the mouth, the researchers explained. “Our findings suggest that the…

Quit Smoking Versus Vaping
COPD Heart Failure
February 16, 2022

Study Finds Differences in Patients With Both COPD, Heart Failure

Patients with both heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face a unique set of challenges and impairments compared with those with just one of the diseases, according to a new report. The study, published in Scientific Reports, offers new insights to help physicians better treat patients with overlapping conditions. Corresponding author Audrey Borghi-Silva, PhD, MSc, of the…

COPD Heart Failure
Urban Asthma
February 01, 2022

Outcomes of Peer-Led Asthma Education for Urban Adolescents

Inadequate self-management has been associated with high level of asthma morbidities in adolescents residing in urban areas.  Peer-led asthma self-management education for adolescents in urban areas outperformed adult-led programs in enhancing asthma outcomes. These and other findings were described in a randomized clinical trial published in Journal of the American Medical Association. The potential for peer-led…

Urban Asthma