A report by the Institute of Medicine on Thursday found that if the minimum smoking age were raised to 21 nationwide, there would be approximately 249,000 fewer premature deaths among today's youth, including 45,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer.
Smoker numbers are declining in many parts of the world, but upward trends in African and Mediterranean countries mean the global total will not change much over the next 10 years, researchers said Friday.
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use.
A group of anti-smoking advocates is calling on the Ontario Film Review Board to change its rating process, so that all movies rated as appropriate for younger viewers will be completely smoke- and tobacco-free.
It seems not all smokers are created equal when it comes to how their bodies handle nicotine, and that could have big implications for anyone trying to kick the tobacco habit for good, researchers say.