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Trump’s anti-vaping stance: assured action-taking or political posturing?

Vaping is now a subject of intense debate: seven people have died and at least 450 have been hospitalised in the United States in the last month due to an outbreak of lung infections linked to e-cigarettes and similar products. Last week Trump promised to ban the sale of most flavoured e-cigarettes in the USA. […]

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Is social smoking causing more damage to us than we think?

Does smoking a limited amount really avoid the serious ill effects of smoking cigarettes? Research presented in the Journal of American College Health reports that university students at least think it does. But in reality, not a lot of conclusions have been reached. Here’s the relevant information: The amount of tobacco consumed and the rate […]

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Advertising must target young smokers to stop their rising numbers

Smoking is the single biggest avoidable health risk. The facts are undeniable and can be seen in gruesome detail plastered over the now familiar cigarette boxes with the message “smoking kills.” Such campaigns have been largely successful in reducing cigarette usage, with a recent study at the University of Bergen showing that, in general, the […]

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Investigating the molecular implications of smoking

Around the world, visual health warnings on cigarettes intentionally provide a disturbing picture of the damage smoking can cause to the human body. It has been acknowledged for several decades that tobacco use is dangerous. However, it is only recently that scientists have discovered the extent to which cigarettes can cause harm on the molecular […]