Topic: tobacco

Join the global fight against tobacco

To reduce health disparities in a single act, the United States should join the global community in ratifying the first international public health treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Tobacco addiction, the leading cause of preventable…

Fire safe cigarette law in Massachusetts linked to drop in house fires

For immediate release: February 13, 2014 Boston, MA – A six-year-old Massachusetts law requiring that only “fire-safe” cigarettes (FSCs) be sold in the state appears to decrease the likelihood of unintentional residential fires caused by cigarettes by 28%, according to a new…

Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

Disadvantaged Groups Stand to Benefit from Hard-Hitting Tobacco Warnings For immediate release: Monday, January 14, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task.…

Secondhand smoke laws may reduce childhood ear infections

For immediate release: Thursday, January 27, 2011 Boston, MA -- Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues from the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, Republic of Ireland, have found that a reduction in secondhand smoking in American homes…

Smoking may increase risk of prostate cancer recurrence, death

For immediate release: June 21, 2011 Boston, MA – A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of California, San Francisco, researchers suggests that men with prostate cancer who smoke increase their risk of prostate cancer recurrence and of dying…

Puffing in public housing poses serious health risks to tenants

Researchers examine risks and consequences of cigarette smoking to all inhabitants of multiple-unit housing; challenge status quo BOSTON, MA -- In an effort to protect children from harmful tobacco smoke exposure, health and medical professionals are pushing for a ban on smoking in public…