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Department for Public Health promotes free text service to help young Kentuckians quit vaping

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), encourages teens and young adults who want to quit vaping to get free help from This Is Quitting, a nationwide texting service. CHFS and DPH officials say cessation services such as This Is Quitting are critical for young people and emphasized that many will be impacted by the recent federal law...

E-cigarette users need to watch for symptoms of lung injury, seek medical care immediately if detected

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News If you use electronic cigarettes, contrary to current warnings, it’s important to watch for symptoms of lung injury, and to immediately seek medical care if you have any of them: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever or abdominal pain. That was one of the main messages on a Nov. 1 “Lung Injury with Vaping”...

Kentucky kids will kick butts – and Juul – on March 20 as part of nationwide Kick Butts Day

Kids in Kentucky will unite against tobacco use on March 20 as they join thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day, an annual day of youth activism organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored in Kentucky by Interact for Health. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States (see below for a list of local events). This year, kids are focused on kicking...

Rates remain high, but fewer kids are smoking; e-cigarettes raise concern about reversing the trend

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s high-school students continue to smoke at higher rates than their national counterparts, but the good news is that their rates continue to drop. The bad news: An influx of new vaping products could reverse this downward trend. The recently released 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 14.3 percent of Kentucky high-school students reported...

E-cigarettes: How safe or how risky are they? In-depth report takes a look at the evidence

An e-cigarette user blows a cloud of aerosol (vapor), in what is known as cloud-chasing. (Photo from VapingCheap.com)   Electronic cigarettes are becoming more popular, but there is still a lot to learn about their safety.   The bottom line about e-cigarettes: “If you’re a chronic smoker looking for a nicotine fix and trying to decide between smoking and vaping, most experts would...

Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking? Researchers say that notion is unproven

(Photo from U.S. Food and Drug Administration)   The notion that electronic cigarettes can help smokers cut back or quit smoking are uproven, says an article in the June issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The article contradicts British research suggesting that e-cigarettes could play a positive...