Smoking Banned in Public Housing Across U.S.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that smoking will be banned in public housing. Local housing agencies will have 18 months to implement the ban, HealthDay reports.

The ban will apply to all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices and outdoor areas within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. More than 2 million people live in public housing, the article notes. More than 228,000 public housing units are already smoke free. The new rule will cover more than 940,000 units.

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Graphic Cigarette Labels Could Save More than 650,000 Lives in Next 50 Years: Study

Requiring cigarette labels that graphically depict the health consequences of smoking could save more than 650,000 lives in the United States in the next 50 years, according to a new study. The labels also could prevent tens of thousands of preterm births and low birth-weight babies, the researchers said.

They studied the effects of graphic warning labels on smoking rates in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada, HealthDay reports. Eight years after Canada required the labels, smoking rates fell by 12 to 20 percent, compared with the period before the warnings went into effect. In the United Kingdom, smoking rates dropped 10 percent the year after the warnings were implemented.

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Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Often More Likely to Become Regular Smokers

A new study finds teens who often use e-cigarettes are more likely to become regular smokers and to smoke many cigarettes a day.

The study included 3,084 Los Angeles teens who participated in surveys in the fall and spring of tenth grade, Reuters reports. They were asked whether they had tried e-cigarettes, and if so, how often. They were also asked about regular cigarette use. The researchers found more frequent vaping was associated with smoking two or more cigarettes on the days teens chose to smoke.

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Smokers Who Have to Walk Farther to Buy Cigarettes More Likely to Quit: Study

Smokers who have to walk farther to buy cigarettes are more likely to quit, a new study suggests. Researchers found that for every one-third of a mile smokers had to walk to the nearest tobacco outlet, there was a 20 to 60 percent increase in the odds they would stop smoking. The study included data from almost 21,000 current and former smokers in Finland, HealthDay reports. The findings are published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The distance that former smokers lived from the nearest tobacco outlet had no impact on whether they started smoking again, the study found.

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Some Smokers Say It’s Harder to Buy Cigarettes Now that CVS Doesn’t Sell Tobacco

A survey of smokers who used to purchase cigarettes at CVS finds more than half say it is harder to buy cigarettes now that the pharmacy chain has stopped selling tobacco products.

The survey found 52 percent said the move by CVS has impacted their ability to buy cigarettes regularly, reports. Of that group, 73 percent called the impact manageable, stating, “buying cigarettes is now harder but I have other options.” The remaining 27 percent said it made buying cigarettes “much harder.”

Smokers who used to buy cigarettes are CVS are most likely to purchase them now at gas stations, followed by Walmart and Walgreens.

CVS stopped selling tobacco in the fall of 2014 in all of its stores. In February 2014 the company announced it would stop selling tobacco products because the sales conflicted with its healthcare mission.

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