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

No Proof That E-Cigarettes Help People Quit

No Proof E-Cigs Work

According to a new report from USPSTF (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force), “The current evidence is insufficient to recommend electronic nicotine delivery systems for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant women.” The task force says that the studies done on e-cigs and smoking cessation have found that the devices are of … Continue reading

1 In 5 Teens Smoke Hookah – Half Think It’s Healthful

Hookah Smoke

According to a study published in Pediatrics, one in five high school seniors in the United States has smoked hookah. What’s more alarming is that according to another study from Nursing Research, the majority of teens who smoke hookah are under the (false) impression that it’s a safe hobby. Mary Rezk-Hanna, … Continue reading

Disney Limits Smoking Depiction To R-Rated Films

Mickey Mouse - Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company has become the first major Hollywood studio to prohibit depiction of cigarette smoking in films they produce with youth ratings. The company’s new policy will limit smoking depictions to films with an R rating. The U.S. Surgeon General has said this move could save the lives … Continue reading