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Poll Shows Strong Support Among Black Voters for Menthols Ban

Black voters support a ban on menthol cigarettes by a wide margin, refuting claims that such a ban would be strongly opposed by Black Americans, a new survey shows.

Black voters support by a 37-point margin the menthol ban proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with 62% in favor and 25% against.

That’s even greater than the 29-point margin by which all voters support t...

Biden Administration to Tighten Air Pollution Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is cracking down on air pollution.

Specifically, the agency introduced a tougher air quality standard that takes aim at fine particulate matter -- the tiny bits of pollution that can penetrate the lungs -- by lowering the allowable annual concentration of the deadly pollutant that each state can have.

“This final air q...

Ozone-Linked Deaths on the Rise Globally

Deaths related to ozone air pollution will rise significantly around the world during the next two decades due to climate change, a new study warns.

Cities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa can expect to see ozone-related deaths increase by as many as 6,200 fatalities a year by 2054 unless humans rein in global warming, researchers project.

“This paper is furthe...

American Lung Association Blasts Biden for Inaction on Menthol Cigarette Ban

The American Lung Association's annual report on smoking blasts President Joe Biden for failing to finalize rules that would end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

Last month, the Biden administration announced it was delaying until March a ban on menthol cigarettes that has been in the works for years.

In response, the lung association's “State of Tobacco Control...

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Falling, But News Isn't All Good

Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • American Air Is Getting Cleaner, But Benefits Aren't Reaching All

    An American's income and ethnicity could play a role in how clean the air is that they breathe, a new study finds.

    Air pollution emissions have fallen more in wealthier areas, and less in areas with larger Hispanic or American Indian populations.

    Overall, U.S. air pollution emissions have decreased substantially, but the magnitude of the change varies based on demographics, the rese...

    How Obamacare Boosted Lung Cancer Survival

    As more Americans with lung cancer gained access to quality care after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), their post-surgical survival rates rose, new data shows.

    The ACA (often called Obamacare) triggered the expansion of Medicaid coverage in many states. People with lung cancer who lived in states that took advantage of that move reaped a benefit, researchers found.

    “Thi...

    Treatment Approach Effective When Surgery Not an Option for Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer patients who are unsuitable candidates for surgery may have a new, effective treatment option, researchers report.

    In a small study -- just 28 patients -- investigators found that delivering higher but less frequent doses of radiation therapy, along with standard chemotherapy, upped survival rates in these cases.

    “Our data shows patients may benefit from targeted, high...

    U.S. Teen Smoking Rates Have Plummeted, With Less Than 1% Now Daily Smokers

    The number of American teens who smoke or have even tried smoking has dropped dramatically compared to a generation ago, with less than 1% now saying they light up cigarettes daily.

    Researchers tracked data on students in grades 9 through 12 from 1991 through to 2021. They report a 16-fold decline in daily cigarette use -- from 9.8% of teens saying they smoked daily in 1991 to just 0.6% b...

    Lung Cancer CT Screening Can Save Lives, But Study Finds Downsides

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2024 -- Numerous studies have confirmed that annual lung cancer screening using CT scans does save lives.

    However, new data has emerged showing that scans often pick up abnormalities that lead to follow-up invasive tests -- and more complications.

    While no one is saying that all smokers and former smokers should skip lung CT scans, "real-world" complication rate...

    Breathing in Coal-Based Pollution Could Be Especially Deadly: Study

    When it comes to the ultra-fine particles you may breathe in from polluted air, all is not created equal as it affects your health.

    Fine particle pollutants known PM2.5 -- particles that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter -- appear to double the risk for premature death over time if they originate from coal-fired power plants versus other sources, a

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  • November 27, 2023
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  • AI Could Predict a Nonsmoker's Risk for Lung Cancer

    Artificial intelligence (AI) can help assess lung cancer risk in nonsmokers, a new study shows.

    The “CXR-Lung-Risk” AI program evaluates routine chest X-ray images, looking for patterns associated with lung cancer, researchers said.

    People whose chest X-rays were flagged by the AI program had twice the risk of developing lung cancer as those whose images were deemed low-risk, ac...

    Smoking Undermines Human DNA That Would Normally Prevent Cancer

    Everyone knows smoking to be a major cause of cancer.

    Now, exactly how tobacco smoke triggers tumor development just got a bit clearer, thanks to new Canadian research.

    According to a team at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in Toronto, smoking appears to prevent the formation of proteins that work to keep runaway cell development in check.

    According ...

    CT Screening Greatly Boosts Lung Cancer Survival: Study

    For smokers and former smokers, getting annual CT scans of the chest to catch lung cancers early dramatically improves survival, new research shows.

    Many people may believe lung cancer to be swiftly fatal. However, the new report found that 81% of people whose tumors had been spotted by CT screenings were still alive 20 years later.

    And if patients were lucky enough to have their ca...

    Experts Widen Criteria for Those Who Should Get Lung Cancer Screening

    The American Cancer Society has expanded its recommendations for who should get lung cancer screening.

    The updated guidance now says annual screening should start at a younger age and among those who smoke less, and it should continue regardless of how many years ago a former smoker may have quit.

    "If you are a person who formerly smoked, once 15 years had elapsed since your cessati...

    Restricting Access to Vapes Might Drive People to Cigarettes

    While U.S. policymakers have restricted flavored vapes to make e-cigarettes less appealing to young people, that plan may be backfiring.

    A new study found that for every 0.7 milliliters of “e-liquid” for e-cigarettes that isn't sold because of flavor restrictions, an additional 15 traditional cigarettes were sol...

    When Lung Cancer Strikes the Young, Women Face Higher Risks Than Men

    New research uncovers troubling trends for lung cancer in young and middle-aged women.

    Cancer incidence in young women is higher than it is in men, a continuing trend, and now that extends to women over age 50, reversing historical patterns.

    “These findings are very concerning,” said study lead author

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  • October 13, 2023
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  • 'Liquid Biopsy' Could Help Guide Lung Cancer Treatment

    For a subset of patients with advanced lung cancer, radiation therapy can sometimes substantially extend their lives.

    Now a new study hints that a blood test could be used to identify the people most likely to benefit.

    Right now, there is no way to cure stage 4, or metastatic,...

    More Americans Than Ever Believe Marijuana Smoke Is Safer Than Cigarette Smoke. They're Wrong

    As cannabis use has become legal in many U.S. states for medical or recreational use, Americans' views on the drug may have gotten rosier.

    In fact, a new report finds that over 44% of adults now believe smoking weed each day is safer than inhaling tobacco smoke.

    That perception is counter to the science, however, and could have a serious impact on public health.

    “The resear...

    Millions of Smokers May Have a Tough-to-Diagnose Lung Disease

    Millions of American smokers suffer from a potentially serious lung disease that's not technically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

    They would benefit from a clear diagnosis, though, and the new findings demonstrate a major gap in care for people with a history of tobacco use, the researchers said.

    Among folks who smoked at least one pack of cigaret...

    Staying Fit Lowers a Man's Cancer Risk, Study Confirms

    A man's cardio fitness might influence whether he'll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.

    Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.

    Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man's likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cance...

    Certain Cancers on the Rise Among Hispanic Americans

    Cancer death rates among Hispanic Americans have declined in general over the past two decades, but for certain cancers the outlook has only gotten worse, a new study finds.

    First, the good news: Thanks to improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment -- and a decline in smoking -- the U.S. cancer death rate has been dropping for years. And the new study found that this is true of Hi...

    Low-Fat Breakfasts Could Weaken Effect of a Key Lung Cancer Drug

    The lung cancer drug alectinib (Alecensa) is more potent when taken with a fuller breakfast, or lunch, than when taken with a low-fat breakfast, researchers report.

    The Dutch team evaluated 20 patients who took one of two daily doses of alectinib with either low-fat yogurt alone, a full continental breakfast, or a lunch of their choosing. Low-fat yogurt resulted in 14% less exposure to t...

    2 Years of Immunotherapy for Advanced Lung Cancer Might Be Enough: Study

    For patients battling late-stage lung cancer, prospects for survival have improved significantly since the advent of medications known as immune checkpoint inhibitors.

    But exactly how long patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) need to be on immunotherapy has not been known. Until now.

    According to new research involving more than 1,000 patients, those with stable...

    Gene-Targeted Drug Tagrisso Cuts Death Rate in Half for Patients With Early-Stage Lung Cancer

    Once-a-day use of the targeted cancer pill Tagrisso (osimertinib) cut the five-year death rate in half for a subset of patients with early-stage lung cancer, a new clinical trial shows.

    The results could have major implications for patients whose cancers carry a mutation in a gene known as EGFR, which is implicated in the out-of-control cellular growth driving a tumor. Tagrisso appears to...

    Men: Here Are the Health Screenings You Need

    Many men will put off going to the doctor unless they are really sick, but men's health screenings help catch problems before symptoms appear.

    So, how can you tell if a health screening or preventive care appointment is right for you?

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the

    Canada to Become 1st Country to Mandate Warning Labels on Individual Cigarettes

    Smokers in Canada will soon see health warnings on each and every cigarette they light up..

    The country will be the first in the world to print these warnings directly on individual cigarettes.

    “This bold step will make health warning messages virtually unavoidable, and together with updated graphic images displayed on the package, will provide a real and startling reminder of the...

    Surgery Beats Targeted Radiation for Patients Battling Early Stage Lung Cancer

    More patients are choosing radiation therapy over surgery to treat their early-stage lung cancer, but a new study argues they might be making a mistake.

    People who are good surgical candidates for lung cancer appear to have a five-year survival rate that's 15 percentage points lower if they opt to have radiation treatment instead, according to

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  • Dirty Air & Lung Cancer: Detroit Study Shows How Your Neighborhood Matters

    Does where you live affect your risk for lung cancer? Just possibly, experts warn.

    Although cigarette smoking is the principal cause of most lung cancers, new research has found evidence that Americans who live in areas where air quality is poor may be at greater risk...

    Quitting Smoking Earlier Is Always Better for Lung Cancer Survival

    Quitting smoking will have benefits, even for those who are later diagnosed with lung cancer, new research indicates.

    While often studies compare outcomes for smokers vs. never smokers, investigators found that quitting smoking earlier also was beneficial.

    Among people diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, called non-small cell lung cancer, current smokers had 68% hig...

    Do You Live in One of America's Worst Cities for Dirty Air?

    Nearly one-third of Americans live in counties with unhealthy air, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

    One in three, or 120 million, people lives with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution, the “State of the Air” report says.

    While air quality has improved overall, there are major differences between Eastern and Western states and in air poll...

    Menthol Vapes Could Be Even More Toxic to Lungs

    Adding menthol flavoring to electronic cigarettes may damage your lungs more than regular e-cigarettes do, a new study reveals.

    The common mint flavoring helps deliver lots more toxic microparticles, compared with e-cigarette pods that don't contain menthol. It's those microparticles that damage lung function, researchers say.

    "Beware of additives in the e-cigarettes," said senior r...

    New Lease on Life for Two Lung Cancer Patients After Pioneering Double-Lung Transplant

    Retired nurse Tannaz Ameli was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last winter. When chemotherapy failed, her doctors recommended hospice care.

    But Ameli, of Minneapolis, had other ideas. She and her husband sought out a pioneering medical team at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Today, she is a survivor of a double-lung transplant -- just the second this team of specialists has succ...

    Less May Be More When It Comes to Surgery for Early-Stage Lung Cancer

    Some patients having surgery for early-stage lung cancer may no longer need to lose an entire lobe of their lung, new research shows.

    The study results are from a phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

    For the trial, nearly 700 patients with early-stage lung cancer were randomly chosen to receive either lobectomy surgery, which removes an e...

    Advent of Electric Cars Is Already Improving Health

    Electric cars are still in the minority on America's roads, yet researchers are already seeing health benefits from reduced tailpipe pollution.

    In a new California study, neighborhoods with the most all-electric cars -- called zero-emission vehicles -- saw a decline in asthma-related emergency room visits. Researchers believe this was a result of lower levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in...

    Targeted Drug Tagrisso Could Be Advance Against Lung Cancer

    The best treatment for a genetically driven form of lung cancer continues to show lasting benefits, a new clinical trial update shows.

    Tagrisso (osimertinib) nearly doubles disease-free survival in earlier-stage patients whose lung cancer is driven by a mutation in their EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) gene, researchers report.

    After four years of follow-up, disease-free sur...

    Is Your Gas Stove Making You Sick? Experts Weigh In

    Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America's increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

    "This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Richa...

    Is Your State Among the Worst for Tobacco Control?

    When it comes to tobacco control, some states do a far better job than others of preventing and reducing smoking.

    A new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) notes that California, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., are doing the best job of putting proven tobacco control policies in place.

    Conversely, those who have the most need to enact policies are Alabama, Mi...

    Many Patients Aren't Getting Best Quality Lung Cancer Surgery: Study

    A surgeon's skill has a direct impact on whether a patient will survive early-stage lung cancer.

    Unfortunately, many surgeons are failing to follow a playbook that increase the odds of a successful outcome, a new study argues.

    The quality of surgery for lung cancer varies widely across the United States, and patients whose procedures fall short of treatment guidelines suffer signifi...

    EPA Proposes Tougher Rules on Air Pollution

    For the first time in a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed strengthening standards on fine soot in the air, a known contributor to serious health issues.

    Under the new proposal, standards for fine particulate pollution, known as PM 2.5, would change from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to a level between nine and 10 micrograms per cubic meter. The stand...

    Does Your Home Have Dangerous Levels of Cancer-Causing Radon?

    People should test for the naturally occurring radioactive gas radon in their homes to help prevent ill health, the American Lung Association urges.

    In some areas, like the state of Connecticut, radon was found to be present at high levels in a quarter (26%) of all homes.

    Radon is emitted from the ground and can enter a house through floor cracks, basement walls and foundations.

    ...

    How Unhealthy Are Cigars?

    Cigars are linked with victory, new babies and Winston Churchill, not nicotine addiction, but are they any better for your health than cigarettes?

    No, say experts who point out the many dangers of cigar smoking.

    Over the past few decades, through clever marketing, cigar smoking has taken on a rarified aura, with cigar bars and magazines like Cigar Aficionado devoted to...

    CT Screenings Can Dramatically Improve Lung Cancer Outcomes

    Annual lung cancer screening for heavy smokers can provide a big boost in lung cancer survival over the long term, a new study shows.

    When low-dose CT screening identifies early-stage lung cancer, patients have an 80% chance of surviving 20 years, researchers found. And for some, the odds are as high as 100%.

    But only 16% of lung cancers are caught early, and more than half of...

    Smoking Weed Could Be Tougher on Your Lungs Than Cigarettes: Study

    While marijuana legalization in some U.S. states and Canada may send a message that weed is harmless, that's not necessarily so, according to a new study that found lung damage was more common in marijuana smokers than tobacco users.

    Research into marijuana's impact on the lungs is just getting started, because weed wasn't legal in many places until recently, but early indications are tha...

    Anyone Can Get Lung Cancer. Detecting It Early Is Crucial

    Too few people are getting screened for lung cancer.

    This is the message from the American Lung Association's 2022 "State of Lung Cancer" report. Less than 6% of eligible Americans have been screened for lung cancer, and in some states, lung cancer screening rates are as...

    Top Medical Groups, Hospitals Urge Better Access to Lung Cancer Screening

    Screening tests routinely catch cases of breast and colon cancer early, but a screening test for lung cancer is sorely underused in high-risk people and that needs to change, more than 50 cancer organizations said in a joint statement issued Tuesday.

    What prompted the move? Low-dose CT screening is recommended for people who are more likely to develop lung cancer, yet only 5.7% of people ...

    U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

    The latest statistics from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) show a continuing decline in the number of Americans who die from cancer, although there's been little change in the number of new cancer cases.

    "From 2015 to 2019, overall cancer death rates decreased by 2.1% per year in men and women combined," according to a statement issued by the NCI on Thursday.

    The biggest d...

    Too Often, Women Aren't Told of Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

    When a man has cancer in an area that affects sexual function, his doctor is likely to discuss it with him.

    But the same is not true for a woman who has cancer in a sex organ, according to new research. Investigators found 9 in 10 men were asked about their sexual health, yet only 1 in 10 women received the same care.

    "There seems to be a big disparity in the way we approach sexual...

    How Dangerous Is It for Lung Cancer Patients to Skip Radiation Treatments?

    As doctors work toward developing more personalized cancer care, a new study looks at whether lung cancer patients can miss a few days of radiation treatment and make them up with a higher dose.

    The more treatments a patient skips, the higher their risk of early death, according to the research from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. However, some patients may still benefit from re...

    1 in 7 U.S. High School Students Now Vapes

    Teen vaping continues at concerning levels, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    About 2.5 million middle school and high school students reported that they had vaped in the past 30 days in 2022,...