Topic: tobacco

COPD heightens deadly lung cancer risk in smokers

For immediate release: September 25, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Smokers who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may face nearly twice the risk of getting small cell lung cancer (SCLC)—the deadliest form of lung cancer—than smokers who don’t have COPD, according to…

Smoking linked with higher risk of type 2 diabetes

For immediate release: September 17, 2015 Boston, MA ─ Current smokers and people regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a significantly increased risk for type 2 diabetes compared with people who have never smoked, according to a new meta-analysis conducted by researchers from…

Boston Mayor proposes ban on smokeless tobacco in city parks

A proposed ban on the use of smokeless tobacco in Boston’s ballparks and athletic fields is aimed at protecting the health of the professional athletes who use it as well as impressionable young people who often want to emulate the behavior of…

Reducing teen smoking in Chile

A national tobacco prevention campaign launched in 2006 in Chile that banned smoking at high schools and sale of tobacco near school grounds helped dramatically reduce smoking among adolescents, and was particularly effective in discouraging young teens from starting to smoke, according…

China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits to households, according to…

‘DNA clock’ can help predict lifespan

Scientists have found a biological clock that can provide clues about how long a person might live. The researchers found that people whose biological age was greater than their true age were more likely to die sooner than those whose biological and…

Howard Koh honored for tobacco and drug prevention efforts

Howard Koh, professor of the practice of public health leadership at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, received a 2015 National Leadership Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) on February 5, 2015. Presented during CADA’s 25th Annual National…

Most cancers not just ‘bad luck’

January 26, 2015 -- Although a recent article in the journal Science and a subsequent press release about the article led to a spate of headlines implying that most cancer is due to “bad luck,” David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in…

School smoking bans reduce teen smoking

An international study of junior high- and high school-aged students who attended schools where smoking was banned were less likely to smoke than those where smoking was permitted, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public…

Commencement 2014: CDC Director Tom Frieden address

May 29, 2014 Welcome and thank you to graduates, families, faculty, Dean Frenk, friends and guests. Congratulations. Your being here today is a tribute to your hard work, and to your personal and academic growth and learning. And as you finish, make…