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Burning Incense a Health Hazard?

Use of incense indoors may have detrimental health consequences, according to a new study.

Many Overdoses Not From Chronic Use

Current guidelines for appropriate prescribing of opioid pain medications often focus on chronic users of these drugs, but these recommendations may be missing patients with acute and intermittent use of low-dose opioids who are also at a risk of opioid overdose.

First Marijuana-Linked Death in Colorado

U.S. health officials on Thursday revisited the first reported marijuana-linked death in Colorado since voters there legalized recreational use of the drug in 2012.

State Raises Smoking Age to 21

Opponents state that it is unfair that 18-year-olds can serve in the military but not have the freedom to smoke if they do choose.

Household Pesticide Linked to ADHD

A common household pesticide may be associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in males aged 8–15years old.

Money as Smoking Cessation Treatment?

Paying smokers to quit seems to work better than offering them free counseling and nicotine replacement therapy, new research suggests.

USPSTF Statement on E-Cigarettes for Cessation

There's not enough data to decide whether or not electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

CDC: Expand EMS Naloxone Use

Allowing more emergency medical service (EMS) workers to administer the prescription drug naloxone could reduce the number of overdose deaths caused by opioids


Gender Differences Seen with Smoking Cessation Drug Effectiveness

According to a study in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the smoking cessation treatment varenicline is more effective for women in short and immediate outcomes compared to men, but is equally effective for both with longer outcomes.

'Low-Nicotine' Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit, Smoke Less

Smokers are more likely to cut back or quit if they switch to cigarettes made from tobacco containing very low levels of nicotine, new research shows.

Arsenic Detected in Many U.S. Wines, But Is It a Health Risk?

Three of the United States' top four wine-producing states have arsenic levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S. EPA) exposure limit for drinking water, according to research in the Journal of Environmental Health. However, an accompanying study in the journal also concluded that the likely health risks depend on an individual's diet.

Medical Costs Increasing for Smokers Who Develop PAD

Smoking significantly increases medical costs among patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a new study suggests.

First Long-Term Safety Data on Medical Cannabis Users

The first cohort study on the long-term safety of medical cannabis found that patients with chronic noncancer pain using cannabis daily for one year did not experience more serious adverse events (SAEs) compared to controls, although they did experience more non-serious adverse events (AEs).

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