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For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves

Federal regulators ordered four tobacco products off the market Friday, the first time the Food and Drug Administration has taken such an action since it was given regulatory authority in 2009.

The FDA ordered Jash International Inc. to stop selling four Sutra-branded cigarettes called bidis, which are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes […]

Former VP Dick Cheney says heart troubles were always on his mind

Dick Cheney had already survived five heart attacks, the first at age 37. He’d undergone multiple surgeries, including coronary artery bypass, stenting and angioplasty.

But by the summer of 2010 the former Vice President’s heart health was in serious decline. While at home in Jackson Hole, Wyo., he blacked out […]

Preeclampsia doubles women’s stroke risk, quadruples later high blood pressure risk

Millions of women with a history of preeclampsia should be screened and treated for high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol to reduce their risk for stroke, according to the first-ever guidelines from the American Heart Association for preventing stroke in women.

Of the nearly 4 million women who […]

CVS Caremark phasing out tobacco sales

Pharmacy and retailer CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will phase out tobacco sales over the next year, saying that profits from the sales are not worth the larger cost in public health.

CVS said in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the company is increasingly developing programs to improve the […]

Surgeon General’s report: Tobacco causes additional diseases, unnecessary death

Smoking has caused an enormous avoidable public health tragedy with almost 500,000 Americans dying every year due to cigarettes, according to a report released on Friday.

Unless efforts like smoke-free policies and well-funded tobacco cessation programs are bolstered, 5.6 million young Americans who are alive today will die from smoking, according to Acting […]

Former Surgeon General Luther Terry honored at Arlington National Cemetery

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The life of Dr. Luther Terry, the former surgeon general who issued the landmark “Smoking and Health” report 50 years ago, was honored Saturday with a wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery.  Approximately 100 people attended the event, despite the rain, including acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, former Surgeon […]

American Heart Association marks 50th anniversary of surgeon general’s report on smoking

Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report that changed the nation’s relationship with tobacco.

To mark the anniversary of the pivotal report, the American Heart Association and other leading  health organizations outlined goals on Wednesday to reduce the adult smoking rate to less than 10 percent in […]

Tobacco prevention efforts fall short by billions

 

States will spend about $481 million on programs to prevent or curb tobacco use next year, well below the $3.7 billion recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, killing 440,000 people each year.

Although states are expected to earn […]

Top smoking cessation therapies don’t pose serious heart risks

Three types of smoking cessation therapies – nicotine replacement, an addiction drug and an antidepressant – don’t increase the risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, and one appears to protect the heart, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed side effects from 63 different research studies of 30,508 […]

Young smokers using flavored cigarettes or little cigars, CDC says

Two of every five young smokers are using flavored cigarettes or little cigars, according to a report released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

 The study was the first of its kind to measure whether middle school and high school students are using flavored tobacco. The […]