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Cigarette Study
August 10, 2022

Proposed nicotine reduction in cigarettes could save millions of lives, addiction expert explains

The cigarette is the only legal consumer product that—when used as intended—causes the premature death of half of the long-term users. To address this long-standing health threat, in late June 2022, the Biden-Harris administration announced a plan to move forward with a new standard for cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products that would make them minimally or…

Cigarette Study
COPD and Alcohol
July 27, 2022

COPD and Alcohol: Is There a Connection?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that affect your breathing. This includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. People with COPD typically have blocked airways and experience breathing-related problems. These problems result from reduced functional lung capacity along with lung inflammation and damage. Some people with COPD also experience excessive mucus production, which can make…

COPD and Alcohol
Wellness Vapes
July 14, 2022

‘Wellness’ vapes are all the rage. But are they healthy or just hype?

A new trend is emerging in the vaping world, one that promises big health benefits. Known as “wellness vapes”, they contain vitamins or other supplements instead of nicotine and tout claims of boosted energy, increased immunity and a better night’s sleep. Wellness vapes or “nutritional supplement diffusers” – which allow users to inhale ingredients such…

Wellness Vapes
COPD Sleep
June 22, 2022

Bad Sleep May Be Bad News for People With COPD

If you have COPD, new research suggests you might want to pay close attention to getting good sleep. Poor slumber significantly increased the risk of life-threatening flare-ups of breathing problems in people with incurable, progressive lung disease, investigators reported. “Among those who already have COPD, knowing how they sleep at night will tell me much more…

COPD Sleep
Asthma Respiratory Infections
June 08, 2022

Early-Life Respiratory Tract Infections, School-Age Asthma, and Lung Function

Young children who develop upper respiratory tract infections may have an increased chance of developing asthma at school age. Young children who develop lower respiratory tract infections have a greater risk of school-age airway blockage, airflow restriction, and developing asthma, according to study results published recently in the European Respiratory Journal. A few recent studies suggest…

Asthma Respiratory Infections
Seasonal Allergies
May 26, 2022

Seasonal Allergies and COPD: Tips to Avoid Complications

Seasonal allergies are a nuisance for most people. For people with COPD, however, any extra condition that makes breathing difficult is automatically more serious. According to a 2012 study at the Johns Hopkins Allergy and Asthma Center, people who had COPD and seasonal allergies experienced worsened respiratory symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. They were also significantly…

Seasonal Allergies
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