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 Blog that looked back at the best posts for 2015. I’ve been asked to do a similar story here on 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

Physicians Testified For Tobacco Companies

Doctors Testify

Thanks to reader Scott for submitting this article. Physicians testified for tobacco companies against plaintiffs with cancer, Stanford study finds Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, a small group of otolaryngologists have repeatedly testified, on behalf of the tobacco industry, that heavy smoking did not cause the cancer in cases … Continue reading

Stop Smoking Using SmartQuit – Volunteers Needed!

SmartQuit by 2Morrow

We were recently contacted by Satvir Singh, a Master’s student at the University of Waikato. She is looking for volunteers to participate in a study, which will be using a smart phone app (SmartQuit) to help reduce and stop smoking. SmartQuit is based on principles called acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) which has been … Continue reading