A new study that looks at the long-term costs of addiction finds heroin, oxycodone and cocaine rank as the top three most expensive substances. Each addiction costs more than a million dollars to support over a 50-year period, CNBC reports.
School officials report a growing number of teens are bringing a new e-cigarette device called a Juul vaporizer to school. The device looks like a USB flash drive, and charges when plugged into a laptop, USA Today reports.
Twenty-eight percent of American adults, and 9 percent of teens, use tobacco products, according to a new survey. Researchers found 40 percent of people who use tobacco say they use more than one product. Cigarettes and e-cigarettes are the most common combination.
Many teens who smoke also use alcohol, marijuana and other tobacco products, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego studied 176 teen smokers and found 96 percent said they used at least two other substances besides cigarettes, HealthDay reports.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday called for reducing e-cigarette use among young people, Reuters reports. He said young people are more vulnerable than adults to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that smoking will be banned in public housing. Local housing agencies will have 18 months to implement the ban, HealthDay reports.
Requiring cigarette labels that graphically depict the health consequences of smoking could save more than 650,000 lives in the United States in the next 50 years, according to a new study. The labels also could prevent tens of thousands of preterm births and low birth-weight babies, the researchers said.