Secondhand marijuana smoke may damage blood vessels as much as tobacco smoke

Breathing secondhand marijuana smoke could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

In the study, blood vessel function in lab rats dropped 70 percent after 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand marijuana […]

Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke risk

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping blood pressure under control can lower the risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated to guidelines published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors […]

AHA e-cigarette policy emphasizes caution when using devices to quit smoking

Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution.

AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy statement on e-cigarettes drew widespread media […]

FDA asked to extend its jurisdiction to all tobacco products

With the 5th anniversary of the landmark tobacco law looming, the American Heart Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to do much more.

Nine public health groups joined in a public statement on Thursday asking the FDA to extend its jurisdiction, with no exception, to all tobacco products, […]

E-cigarettes should be kept from minors, convenience store group says

U.S. convenience stores should sell electronic cigarettes only to adults, following the same ID procedures used for tobacco sales, according to a position statement issued by a national association of stores Friday.

The National Association of Convenience Stores, which represents about 3,800 retailers and supplier companies, said convenience stores are the largest retail […]

Report: Millions of children would benefit from tobacco tax increase

President Obama’s plan to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes would ensure that 2 million  low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool and prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers, according to a recently released report.

In his fiscal year […]

CDC shares health statistics from early 2013

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week shows more than a quarter of young adults didn’t have insurance when surveyed and about a third of middle-age adults are obese.

The report on health insurance status, obesity, physical activity, smoking and other health information comes from data collected […]

Study suggests smoking prevention programs should also target young adults

Young adults, 18- to 24-years-old, who regularly use alcohol, get poor grades and are impulsive are also more likely to start smoking, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

The research from the University of Montreal School of Public Health is based on data from 1,293 […]

AHA joins others urging federal tobacco oversight

The American Heart Association is among 16 leading national health organizations who have signed a joint letter to President Obama asking for faster adoption of new tobacco regulations that would give the Food and Drug Administration more control of currently unregulated items such as e-cigarettes.

In the letter dated Thursday, the health […]

American Heart Association receives $19.6 million grant

The American Heart Association will receive a five-year, $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Regulatory Science program for research on the impact of tobacco on preventable diseases and death.

The American Heart Association’s Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center will […]