Smoking in the U.S. has dramatically declined in the last two decades, particularly among the country’s youngest residents. In 2000, 23 percent of teens smoked cigarettes. By 2016, the number had fallen to just 6 percent. While there is much to celebrate in the reduction, the average national rate hides a significant variation found within the country. Find out more......Read more
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Nicotine, found naturally in tobacco plants, is the chemical responsible for the additive nature of cigarettes, cigars, and many e-cigarettes. Until recent years, nicotine poisoning was a relatively rare occurrence and tended to be linked to exposure to insecticides containing the chemical. However, the popularity of vaping or e-cigarettes has seen an increase in reported cases. Learn more......Read more
Carrot just got cleared for its at-home sensor to track carbon monoxide levels, which tend to be higher in smokers. It also has a virtual coaching program to promote behavior change. The goal is to develop the first "scalable, evidence-based smoking cessation program that can be delivered via a smartphone," said the company's CEO. Learn more......Read more
While the overall smoking rate has declined, including a drop among youth to a record low of 6 percent, the numbers don’t tell the whole story. Tobacco use disproportionately affects many populations—including people in low-income communities, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT individuals, members of the military and those with mental health conditions—who have a long and documented history of being targeted by the tobacco industry. Learn more:
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