MHRA Approves First E-Cig For Clinical Use

Girl Using E-Cig

I’m not quite sure what to make of this so I wanted to pass it along to possibly get some discussion going either here on the site in the comments or on social media. Even the strongest vape supporters would (hopefully) agree that the long-term effects of vaping won’t be known … Continue reading

Smoking Leads To Y Chromosome Loss & Cancer

Science Alert

A study has found that men who smoke tobacco are over three times more likely than non-smokers to experience Y chromosome loss. This loss of Y chromosomes has been previously linked to increase risks of cancer. Additionally, this research may explain why smoking is deadlier for men than women. A … Continue reading

Profit Margins On Tobacco Products

Smokeless & Cigarette Profit Margins

If you’ve ever tried to do research on Big Tobacco you’ll learn rather quickly that finding reliable and recent information is pretty difficult. This particular chart is pretty old (2013) but I ran across it today and wanted to share it. This chart from Morgan Stanley shows which packaged consumer goods enjoy … Continue reading

Hookah: Like Smoking 40 Cigarettes & Kissing Everybody

Hookah & Addiction

A study in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly one-fifth of high school seniors have tried hookah. Their conclusions stated, “Adolescents of higher socioeconomic status appear to be at particularly high risk for hookah use in the United States. Prevention efforts must target this group as prevalence continues to increase.” Hookah usage … Continue reading

Nicotine-Chomping Bacteria May Hold Key To Anti-Smoking Therapy

Nicotine Chomping Bacteria

A study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute explores an enzyme that may be used to help people quit smoking. The research, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, offers a possible alternative to current smoking cessation aids which are shown to fail in 80 to 90 percent of … Continue reading

Children Exposed To Tobacco Smoke At Increased Risk For COPD

Smoking Baby

Passive smoking (second hand smoke) can jump start Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) among children. COPD is any disorder that restricts or obstructs bronchial airflow. In the case of COPD, the block is permanent and worsens over time. Research suggests two ways of how COPD begins. “First is the common fast decline … Continue reading

2015 – The Best of WhackThePack

2015 Happy New Year

I wrote a piece for the KillTheCan.org Blog that looked back at the best posts for 2015. I’ve been asked to do a similar story here on WhackThePack.com so here it is! Is there something you want us to cover later this year? Leave a comment or submit a story and we’ll do … Continue reading

Are E-Cigarettes Becoming Cool?

Social Acceptance of E-Cigarettes

Social acceptance of e-cigarettes is on the rise, and that may be a problem There’s a growing concern that smoking, and more specifically smoking e-cigarettes, is “cool” again. According to a study published online in Pediatrics, the generally “favorable social perceptions” of electronic cigarettes may “contribute to the re-normalization of tobacco products … Continue reading

Cleveland Bans Tobacco, E-Cigarette Sales To People Under 21

Cleveland Tobacco Ban

Cleveland City Council passed legislation on Monday (December 7th, 2015) banning the sale or distribution of cigarettes, tobacco or other smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, to young adults. The hope is that increasing the minimum sales age from 18 would disrupt the supply to adolescents and teens. The Council also passed a … Continue reading