Researchers from the American Cancer Society found that between 2016 and 2017, cancer deaths declined 2.2 percent, the largest single-year drop on record.However, smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. A report from PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam.
The Trump Administration took a long-anticipated step toward restricting the manufacturing, distribution and sale of most flavored e-cigarette products on Jan. 2, but public health advocates say it’s not enough to stop a surge in vaping among young Americans. A report from PBS NewsHour's Laura Santhanam.
The Associated Press reported on Nov. 11 that doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed what could be the first double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were initially released by Henry Ford Health System. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping.
Renee Shaw speaks with state medical and public health officials about what can be done to address three of Kentucky’s biggest health risks: smoking, obesity and diabetes, and substance abuse. The forum was produced in conjunction with the 2019 Kentucky Medical Association Annual Meeting. Read highlights from the forum and watch the video here.
Smoking & Health
KET speaks with Dr. Patrick Withrow, a retired cardiologist and director of outreach at Baptist Health Paducah, who has made it his new mission to educate adolescents all throughout the Jackson Purchase about the dangers of e-cigarettes.
In recent months, hundreds of people across the United States have gotten sick and a handful have died, and all of them have had one thing in common: They used e-cigarettes. The CDC recommended that persons stop using e-cigarettes until more is known about the illnesses, and PBS NewsHour learns more from the FDA as well as from Erika Sward, the American Lung Association’s national assistant vice president for advocacy.
Following several mysterious deaths linked to vaping, the federal government is now warning Americans not to use e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control also said there are 450 reported cases of lung illnesses tied to vaping, in more than 30 states. William Brangham talks to Allison Aubrey of NPR about what is known, and what isn’t, about the health risks of vaping.
From the Associated Press: The Food and Drug Administration on Aug. 14 proposed 13 new warnings that would appear on all cigarettes, including images of cancerous tumors, diseased lungs and feet with amputated toes. The current smaller warnings on the side of U.S. cigarette packs have not been updated since 1984, and the agency’s previous effort to update them was defeated in court in 2012 on free speech grounds. The FDA said its revised proposal is supported by new research that documents how the warnings will help educate the public about smoking harms.