Smoke-Free Homes Are Becoming More Popular

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Smoke-Free Homes Are Becoming More Popular Just forty years ago, an average of forty two percent of the population smoked tobacco. Most of these smokers engaged in smoking indoors- many in their homes. Second hand smoke was not as understood and the population was not as aware of the consequences and side effects. However, the number of individuals who smoke tobacco has decreased over the years and has, in turn, produced more smoke-free homes. In fact, a recent study shows that eighty three percent of homes are...

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California Changes Legal Smoking Age to 21

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California Changes Legal Smoking Age to 21 Just last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed multiple bills, elevating the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. He also placed restrictions on smoking areas and sales of e-cigarettes. Research shows that when adolescents begin smoking at a young age, they are more likely to experiment with more addicting substances. Thus, the passing of these bills is significant as far as prevention goes. Interestingly, although the new laws require consumers to be 21-years-old or...

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Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21

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Hawaii Raises Legal Smoking Age to 21 Becoming the first state to do so, Hawaii will raise its legal smoking age to 21 beginning on the first day of 2016. So, starting next year, Hawaiians will have to be 21 to purchase cigarettes. With vapor and e-cigarette use on the rise among teens, Hawaii lawmakers are hoping they can prevent more adolescents from smoking, buying or possessing both traditional and electronic cigarettes. According to the state health department, over 5,000 adolescents try smoking in Hawaii...

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FDA and E-Cigarettes Warnings

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FDA and E-Cigarettes Warnings When e-cigarettes first hit the market the public immediately began fighting for ways to warn users of the effects. Most wanted lawmakers to enforce stricter packaging with warning labels and felt like, until recently, these pleadings fell on deaf ears. Just last Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a 15-page “notice of proposed rulemaking” that requests warning labels and child-proof packaging on liquid nicotine and tobacco products (e-cigarettes). Most...

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Are Cigarettes the Real “Gateway Drug?”

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Are Cigarettes the Real “Gateway Drug?” American kids often have a misguided concept of cigarettes because they are legal and used so casually and widely by so many. Tobacco advertising shows very respectable people smoking cigarettes, which may lead kids to perceive that they aren’t dangerous. Marijuana has often been dubbed “the gateway drug” implying that marijuana use leads to use of other dangerous drugs. However, not all kids have been exposed to marijuana, but kids have seen normal everyday people...

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E-Cigarette Controversy

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E-Cigarette Controversy More and more people are joining together to ban flavorings and advertising on TV for E-cigarettes. In fact, prominent groups such as the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association and most recently the American College of Physicians are included in this increasing force. E-cigarettes are not healthy or safe, but many believe that the advertising and the flavors are appealing to more naive and younger generations that cannot determine the danger of them. Many studies, in...

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