Breathe Well Spotlight

Popcorn Lung: A Dangerous Risk of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Over a decade ago, workers in a microwave popcorn factory were sickened by breathing in diacetyl—the buttery-flavored chemical in foods like popcorn, caramel and dairy products. While this flavoring may be tasty, it was linked to deaths and hundreds of cases of bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious and irreversible lung disease. As a result, the major popcorn manufacturers removed diacetyl from their products, but some people are still being exposed to diacetyl -... [more]


The 10 states with the most smokers

The smoking rate in the United States has fallen in the last 50 years, dropping from 42.4% in 1965 to 18.0% in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, these are the ten states with the most smokers:

1. West Virginia
> Percent adult smokers: 26.7%
> State cigarette tax/pack: $0.55 (6th lowest)
> Cancer deaths per 100,000: 221.6 (3rd highest)
> Premature deaths per 100,000: 466.4 (2nd highest)

2. Kentucky
> Percent adults... [more]


Base Quit-Smoking Day on Menstrual Cycle?

WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Certain weeks of a woman’s menstrual cycle may be better than others for quitting smoking, a small study suggests.

Success was less likely when a “quit day” fell during the follicular phase, or first half of the monthly cycle, researchers found.

“Understanding how menstrual cycle phase affects neural processes, cognition and behavior is a critical step in developing more effective treatments and in selecting the best, most individualized treatment options... [more]


Alcohol in e-cigs can affect motor skills

Some commercially available e-cigarettes contain enough alcohol to impact motor skills, a new Yale University School of Medicine study shows.

E-cigarettes deliver nicotine by vaporizing liquids, which often contain alcohol and other chemicals in addition to nicotine. In the new study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers tested subjects who used two commercially available e-cigarettes with liquids containing either high (23.5%) or low (0.4%) amounts of alcohol.

While neither group reported feeling differently... [more]


Link between e-cigarette flavors and lung disease

Flavored e-cigarettes may seem like an alternative to smoking, but researchers warn that flavored e-cigarettes may not be worth the unknown long-term risks.

Researchers at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health tested 51 types of flavored e-cigarettes and flavor canisters for diacetyl, acetoin, and 2,3-pentanedione; three chemicals known to cause respiratory problems in factory workers.

The study tested popular e-cigarette flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy and tutti frutti, and found, at least one of the three chemicals were present in 47 of... [more]


Bill Banning Sale of E-Cigarettes to Texas Youth Takes Effect

On October 1, Texas joined 40 other states by restricting youth under the age of 18 from purchasing, possessing, consuming or accepting as a gift e-cigarettes or any other vapor product. Senate Bill 97, passed by the 84th Legislature, places e-cigarettes under the same restrictions that cover all tobacco products, including limiting outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of a church or school. 

This is good news because e-cigarettes contain varying levels of nicotine, which is addictive, and may contain... [more]


Your Body Immediately After Vaping an E-Cigarette

While much research has been done on conventional cigarettes, data on e-cigs is much more sparse. This is because e-cigs were only invented in 2003 by a Chinese pharmacist, while tobacco has been around for centuries.

Because of e-cigarettes’ relative newness, their potential risks or benefits are not well-understood.

Check out this article on what... [more]


SB97 - E-Cigarettes added to Texas Tobacco Laws

Changes will take effect October 1, 2015 for the 2015-2016 school year to treat e-cigarettes in a similar manner as cigarettes as it relates to distribution, use by minors, and prevention of use by minors for tobacco-free schools. It also creates requirements relating to the packaging of e-cigarette nicotine containers and the delivery sale of e-cigarettes.


  • The board of trustees of a school district shall:
    • (1) prohibit smoking or using e-cigarettes... [more]

Waco Smoking Ban Passes Final Vote 5-1!

Smoking in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces will be illegal after Jan. 1 under an ordinance the Waco City Council approved Tuesday.

Read the article here.


Waco City Council votes 5-1 for 100% Smoke Free Ordinance!

We've had some great success but the fight still continues! On July 7th the City Council voted in favor of a comprehenisve smoke-free ordinance 5-1.  Now, the Council will have their final vote on July 21st! 

What: Waco City Council Meeting

When: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Prior to the City Council Meeting, join Smoke Free Waco starting at 4:30PM at Crickets Bar & Grill for some free appetizers and t-shirts. We will walk over to City Hall together at 5:30 PM.


Eradicating Tobacco Use On Texas College Campuses

With their Casual Smoker Campaign and their Alternative Products Campaign, Peers Against Tobacco are working to improve college campus' tobacco policies and eradicate tobacco use on those campuses all over Texas. Comprehensive tobacco-free campus policies have been shown to reduce the use of tobacco and alternative tobacco products (ATPs) among college students. "Casual" or "occasional" smokers are still at great risk for addiction. Even E-cigarettes, a type... [more]


Don't turn back the clock on tobacco prevention

Fifty years after the dangers of tobacco were first proved, it remains the No. 1 needless killer of Texans, cutting short more than 30,000 lives each year — roughly three people every hour. And every year an estimated 24,000 more Texas children will smoke their first cigarette and start the cycle of addiction all over again.

Read this OpEd by Former Texas Health Commissioners Arguing For Increased Anti-Smoking Funds


Smoke Free New Orleans in Effect!

You can no longer smoke in bars, restaurants or casinos. At the stroke of midnight on April 22, it became illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants and casinos in New Orleans.

Read the article here.

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Denton, Texas Must Clear the Air

Council votes to expand smoking ban, though clubs have grace period.

A deeply divided Denton City Council slogged through several amendments and procedural moves before voting 5-2 to expand Denton’s smoking ban to e-cigarettes and similar devices. The ban also extends to all bars, with some getting until the end of 2017 to comply

Read more here.


MRSA Strain May Get Stronger In the Bodies of Smokers & E-Cig Users

Cigarette smoke has been found to be very detrimental to both to first hand users and second hand smokers. However one new way that cigarette smoke and even e-cigarette vapor may be dangerous to everyone is in their ability to strengthen the super bacteria Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph.

A study at the University of California, San Diego identified that MRSA strains, when grown with the exposure of cigarette... [more]


E-Cigarettes have 10x more cancer causing ingredients than regular cigs

The trendy e-cig may not be as “safe” as originally thought.

Want to know more about E-cigarettes? Read the new study which shows that they contain volatile organic compounds, acetone, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzopyrene as well as silicate and various metal particles.


Fetuses reacting to moms' smoking

The harmful effects of smoking while pregnant are displayed on the faces of fetuses, according to new research.

Using high definition images of fetuses in the womb researchers think they can see differences in prenatal developmental behavior in smokers vs. non-smokers. 

Read the article here.


Study Finds Higher Death Rates Linked to Smoking

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the American Cancer Society shows that even more diseases are linked to tobacco use.

The study suggests an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths than what was previously estimated are tied to the use of tobacco.

On average, smokers die a decade before non-smokers… but when they quit before they’re 40, smokers can get back almost all of the 10 years of life expectancy... [more]


25 Years After Smoke-Free Airplanes, Tobacco Control Progress Should Not Stall

February 23, 2015 marked twenty-five years since the legislation was passed that made all domestic flights designated smoke-free areas. This landmark legislation was a key victory in paving the way for more comprehensive smoke free laws that would be passed in 24 states as well as in the District of Columbia.

Since then, the American Cancer Society has worked hard to show Americans the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke. Click here to read... [more]


Secondhand Smoke Exposure Drops

Americans’ exposure to secondhand smoke has declined by half since 2000, federal health authorities reported Tuesday, as states and municipalities banned smoking in bars, restaurants and offices, and fewer Americans smoked inside their homes.

Around 700 towns and cities have banned smoking in public places over the past few decades, as have 26 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more here!


Texas Business has never been Healthier!

Bar and restaurant owners and operators in communities across Texas were concerned about how local non-smoking ordinances would affect their businesses. They were surprised to find no harm to business after the bans were implemented. Texans prefer a non-smoking environment and as a result, the business owners gained customers - even the smokers came back. Customers realized how great the food and atmosphere was without the smoke.

Watch how these Texas businesses have never been... [more]


truth® “Left Swipes” Smoking Pics

Legacy has released a new video from its truth® campaign. Left Swipe Dat "is filled with clever lyrics and comical scenarios that show why smoking selfies on social media and dating sites are being 'left swiped'." A version was played as an advertisement on this year's Grammy Awards. 


The 3 deadliest drugs in America are all totally legal

When it comes to deadliness, no single substance comes close to tobacco. To put its risk in perspective, fewer Americans die from reported drug overdoses, traffic accidents and homicides combined than tobacco-caused health problems like lung cancer and heart disease.

Cigarette smoking is linked to one in five deaths in the US each year, according to the CDC. Nearly 42,000 of the 480,000 deaths are caused by secondhand smoke.

Check out the full article!


18 Ways Smoking Affects Your Health

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Some of these harmful effects are immediate. Find out the health effects of smoking and what happens to your body when you quit.



The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress

This report highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially end the smoking epidemic in the United States.

A Report of the Surgeon General


CVS Health is Tobacco Free

CVS Health has gone tobacco free by no lOnger selling any tobacco products in over 7,600 stores nationwide.

"CVS Health is always looking for ways to promote health and reduce the burden of disease," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. "Putting an end to the sale of cigarettes and tobacco will make a significant difference in reducing the chronic illnesses associated with tobacco use."

Read more about the decision to be... [more]