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UTHealth School of Public Health Training Youth to Become Advocates for Tobacco Policy Change


To help train youth to become educators and advocates for tobacco policy change, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in El Paso is partnering with El Paso Independent School District high schools to create an innovative new program.



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Thorough Genotyping and Repurposed Drugs Key to Treating Small-Cell Lung Cancer, says Cancer Expert


Cancer expert Antonio Giordano, MD, PhD, Director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple University, describes the recent progress and future possibilities of treating SCLC.



What's Your Company Policy on E-Cigarettes?

As E-cigarettes continue to increase in popularity, employees are unclear on whether their employers have any company policy on "vaping"—or whether that policy is different for vaping versus tobacco smoking, reports a survey study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.



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Addictive Nut’s Derivatives Could Help Smokers Break the Nicotine Habit


As many as 600 million people in Southeast Asia chew areca nuts with betel leaves, sometimes adding tobacco leaves. Many users are addicted to this harmful “betel quid” preparation, which can create a sense of euphoria and alertness. Yet researchers have now discovered that compounds derived from the nut could help cigarette smokers — as well as betel quid chewers — kick their habits.



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E-Cigarette Flavors Linked to Use in Youth and Young Adults


Flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette marketing could be increasing e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, according to researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. These findings are part of a series of papers by UTHealth researchers that were published today in the journal Tobacco Regulatory Science.



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Broad Support Exists for Larger Warnings on Cigarette Packs


A UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center-led study found broad support, even among smokers, for increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packs.



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Researchers Warn of Hazards of Smoking and Need for Wider Use of Varenicline to Quit


More than 35 million Americans are trying to quit smoking. Experts reassure clinicians and their patients that varenicline, whose brand name is Chantix, is a safe and effective way to achieve smoking cessation and that failure to use this drug has caused preventable heart attacks and deaths from cardiovascular disease. Just a few months ago, the FDA removed the black box warning from varenicline.



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How CT Cancer Screening for Longtime Smokers Can Save Lives

Dawn Andersen lost her husband to lung cancer, and as a longtime smoker herself, she also was at high risk for the disease. So Loyola Medicine pulmonologist Sean Forsythe, MD, recommended Mrs. Andersen undergo a CT lung cancer screening test, which has been shown to save lives among longtime smokers by detecting lung cancer in early stages when it’s most treatable.



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MD Anderson Celebrates the Mission of Kick Butts Day

As an institution devoted to eliminating cancer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center proudly supports the mission of Kick Butts Day to prevent tobacco use in our nation’s children. Organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), Kick Butts Day is a national day of awareness focused on educating and empowering youth to choose tobacco-free lifestyles. Through several evidence-based programs, MD Anderson has committed to educating youth about the dangers of tobacco use and its effects on their future health.



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E-Cigarettes a Gateway to Smoking? Not Likely, According to New Published Research


Major national studies provide little evidence that e-cigarette users move to smoking cigarettes as a result, researchers from UB, Michigan write.

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